January 27, 2015

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace

My sister loves Vin Diesel. Like, I'm pretty sure he thinks he's hot. So she would be disappointed that his role in this movie is limited to the words "I am Groot." Generally in that order. I, on the other hand, thought he was the best part of the movie. (Although the guy who takes everything literally comes in at a close second.)

With the market over-saturated with superhero movies, this movie stood out as one that actually balanced humor with its action sequences. Beyond the "I am Groot" jokes (which never get old, btw), the jokes are also evenly distributed among the characters instead of being concentrated with just the one funny side kick like so many other movies.

Chris Pratt is very obnoxious frat boy-ish here (think: Ashton Kutcher in every movie and TV show, but chubbier), which could really ruin a lesser movie, but sort of works here because they add just enough dork to his character that you don't really take him too seriously. It's unfortunate that we're somehow expected to believe he's is such a stud that he scores with dozens on women using nothing more than his charm, but you know, it's a fantasy movie. *eye roll* I sort of wished Zoe Saldana had stabbed him with something sharp and watched him die painfully despite being him the main character, but alas, this is more of a "feel good" movie.

The plot is predictable and a bit cliché, but I mean, it's still an action movie, so what else would you expect? It does this whole "band of misfits" thing and of course, has a rousing pep talk before heading into the big fight, but I've realized these things are don't really bother me when the rest of the movie is good. Other things I was able to overlook because the movie was good enough? Some extremely lazy outer space set design (Ronan's lair looks like it's made of black painted styrofoam) and a really confusing first 15 minutes where they basically scroll through every single character with minimal backstory. Maybe viewers were expected to know who these characters were? But if even a non comic book geek like me can figure it out, probably anyone can.

Final word: We'll see how much I still like this movie when the sequel comes out.

BTW, this has absolutely nothing to do with the movie, other than the fact that it's about Lee Pace, the actor who plays Ronan the Accuser, but this had me cracking up. People on the internet can be funny.

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