8/01/2014

Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" Movie Review

Disclaimer: I was compensated with 2 press passes to view this movie for review purposes. 
As always, my opinions are 100% my own.

Starring:

Chris Pratt as Peter Quill
Zoe Saldana as Gamora
Dave Bautista as Drax
Vin Diesel as Groot (voice)
Bradley Cooper as Rocket (voice)
Lee Pace as Ronan
Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta
Karen Gillan as Nebula
Djimon Hounsou as Korath
John C. Reilly as Corpsman Dey
Glenn Close as Nova Prime
Benicio Del Toro as The Collector

Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 121 min










Synopsis:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

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Our Thoughts & Review:

First off, wow! I had no idea that there were so many actors in this movie until I read the opening credits. It is full of some awesome people that had some pretty cool parts. A little giggle left me when I realized that Zoe Saldana was a blue character in Avatar and then is playing a green one in this movie. What color character will she play next I wonder.


Lets talk 3D. I am normally one not for 3D and actually rather dislike them because they never do what I want them to. 3D to me is things popping out at me making me jump and feel like I'm a part of the movie. This is the first movie in a very long time that I have seen that I actually believe is worth seeing in 3D. Instead of looking flat everyone and everything looked real and dimensional as if you could see the curves to them. Plus there were actual moments where things actually looked as if they were coming out of the screen at me and I did find myself jumping, ducking or wanting to catch them. So the 3D aspect was definitely a plus for this movie. 

The main characters are pretty awesome. Ethan's favorite character was Rocket while Groot came up second and I am definitely going to agree with him. Each main character was from a different species and place in space and rather bad in their own ways but came together to save the galaxy. Except for the bad guys because ya know..they  want to of course destroy and or take it over. 


Funny, funny, funny. It is absolutely hilarious to say the least. I am not sure if there was a moment longer than five minutes where I wasn't finding myself laughing at something that was said or going on. Two hours of laughing was definitely not what I was expecting but very thankful for it since I have a short attention span and two hours would have been torture if it hadn't of been funny. The funny parts however did fly over Ethan's head since he has yet to understand jokes and humor. 

The storyline was well written and flowed nicely instead of being choppy or leaving you questioning. Well it does you leave you questioning as to who Peter Quills father is but that was intentional and I really hope they say who he is in the sequel. The writers did of course take the comics, twist it around and made it all their own. Not knowing these comic book characters before this movie I didn't have any issues with them changing plot lines and how things happened originally with the characters.


Computer animation never ceases to amaze me and what they did for this movie was no exception. There were so many bright colors that were absolutely vibrant and quite possibly on a color wheel of their own. Rockets fur looked real like the fur on my dog. There is so much depth and details in each movie still that you actually begin to believe that everything is real. This is a very big plus I believe because when you can see the difference between what is real and what is computerized the movie is lacking and the creators didn't put their heart and souls into the movie making process. 

Marvel is releasing all of their comic book movies at specific times so that the storylines revolve around each other and make sense which I love. The Collector actually first appeared in a scene of Thor: The Dark World and Thanos was in a scene of The Avengers so everyone is intermingled in some way or another. Not sure if there is an end of credits scene because the screening that I viewed did not show one which was a bummer. 


I found this movie to be perfectly suitable for children of any age which is a good thing since Ethan was watching it with me. The language was fine to me with no foul language which most Marvel movies do not have I've noticed. There's violence but it's nothing bloody and just the normal kicking butt and throwing people around. Anything that is supposed to be super bad isn't shown on screen and just gives the illusion that something bad happened. 

We can't wait to add this movie to our dvd collection and give it:


Here's a picture of my boy with the movies giant cardboard cutout at the screening. He loves taking pictures with these things it's so cute. 

If you have seen this movie I'd love to know what you thought about it and who your favorite character was.

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