Has Marvel succeeded in giving us another explosive and memorable big-budget superhero flick or is Guardians of the Galaxy an unfortunate flop that demands a no-sequel?
Here’s the thing, if someone had told me that a movie about a talking raccoon with a machine gun on top of a sentient tree destroying shit like a madafaka would be a hit, I’d have bred a kraken and conditioned it to hate that someone. But I would also have had the biggest “I TOLD YOU SO” in my life because Guardians of the Galaxy is absolutely enjoyable.
It’s a few notches away from perfect, but the movie’s precise blend of humor, action, and comic book expansion makes up for its flaws.
What makes Guardians of the Galaxy stand out is its unbridled attention to its characters and the humor that accompanies every scene they’re in. It’s not an easy job selling these little-known heroes, but the movie manages to do exactly that, which is an impressive feat in itself. As obscure as Gamora and Drax and Groot and the rest of the gang were, now they’re bound to be mass produced as toys and t-shirts. But what’s even more impressive about Guardians is its deliciously witty scenes, which is exactly why whenever moments get a wee bit emotional, it’s a welcome relief for audiences too.
However, because of the movie’s apparent over excitement in selling the characters, other aspects are left out of the limelight, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing (although it’s not good either). For instance, despite the exploration of many locations throughout the movie, the ‘galaxy’ that the movie is set in doesn’t seem at all big or detailed. Sure the CGI stuff looks awesome, but the overall details of these settings kinda… lack.
That doesn’t say the film’s flaws are outrageous. In fact, as a first foray into filmmaking, James Gunn did a superb job. He has to work out some universe expansion issues and plot hole dynamics for the sequels, but that won’t stop Guardians of the Galaxy from being a superhero cult classic.
So what’s the verdict?
Guardians of the Galaxy is a solid hit, an entertaining concoction of everything you’d want in a movie: humor, satire, emotion, plot direction, world expansion, terrific CGI, and uber memorable characters. #IAmGroot 😀
Spend the P190 because it’s worth it. Or better yet, opt for IMAX 3D because James Gunn’s pre-planning for 3D conversion beautifully worked. I mean, BEAUTIFULLY! 🙂