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Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

2014 August 3
by profwagstaff

I’m going to die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.


Directed by: James Gunn
Written by: James Gunn/Nicole Perlman
Based on comics by: Dan Abnett/Andy Lanning

So, I’m not seeing nearly as many movies this summer as I’d like. I’m about to make up for that, though, in a few weeks. I’ll keep you posted.

Before I get to the tree kicking ass, let’s take a look at some previews.

THE CONGRESS–Robin Wright plays herself, an older actress who “once had it all” and is now given a chance to live forever in a computer. She basically does it to take care of her son (Kodi Smit-McPhee), but the consequences are huge.

This looks a little bit like SimOne…but actually good. I’ll definitely be seeing it at some point.

MOOD INDIGO–Holy shit. I want to see this movie so bad. Anything Michel Gondry appeals to every fiber of my soul. Not sure how my soul will take it right now, so I might have to wait. Looks amazing. And I’ve heard it’s amazing. No more needs to be said.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR–I will always see a Sin City movie. I loved the first one and will probably love this second one. Yeah, I know the first one has all kinds of problems, but I don’t care. The movie pleases me and I can’t wait to see more of my favorite actors join its world. I just hope the second lives up.

Ok, let’s Excelsiorize!

Or something.

Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) loves to be called Star-Lord. Sadly, no one knows him. At all. He’s been stealing things for a big pirate organization led by Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker) for years, but his latest trek might just send him right off the reservation and into a new adventure. He won’t be alone, though.

Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is the adopted daughter (of sorts) of Thanos. She’s trying to get the artifact that Peter stole, but not for the reasons that everyone thinks.

Drax The Destroyer (professional wrestler, Dave Bautista) is a literal minded man whose wife and daughter were killed by Ronan (Lee Pace), Thanos’ right hand man who was sent after the artifact. Drax is on an unending quest to kill Ronan.

Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper sounding more like Jason Alexander) was an experiment that took on a life of his own. He’s angry, course, violent and awesome. He and his sidekick, the sentient tree Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel in full Iron Giant mode), travel the galaxy hunting bounty.

These people are the Guardians Of The Galaxy. And they hate each other.

Much like The Fantastic Four, this crew is a majorly dysfunctional family. They learn to love each other, but only after beating the shit out of each other and calling each other “the green whore.”

Just about all Marvel movies are fun (Thor not withstanding, which is why I haven’t bothered seeing the second one yet), but Guardians is probably the most fun. The cast all work together incredibly well and Chris Pratt is hilarious and heartbreaking as the affable (and kinda stupid) “leader” of the crew.

The show is stolen, though, by the two CGI characters, Rocket and Groot. Their friendship is the core of the film. They rely on each other so heavily and obviously love each other…even if Rocket makes fun of Groot all the time. Groot’s not particularly smart and Rocket’s not particularly strong. Groot is sweet-natured and loving.┬áRocket wants to blow up moons. Together, though, they’re a fighting machine that can’t be stopped. It’s their friendship that the rest of the crew needs to achieve in order to get where they want to go.

I loved this movie. Not only is it a great portrayal of budding friendship in the worst of conditions, but it’s nice to see a Marvel movie that takes place in its own world. There’s only one scene at the very beginning that takes place on Earth. I kinda like that.

Watch for small roles for John C Riley, Glen Close, Djimon Hounsou and Benicio del Toro. Also, in addition to the inevitable Stan Lee cameo, there are quick cameos by Gunn’s mentor Lloyd Kaufman and his go-to star Nathan Fillion. Also, Nathan’s fellow Whedon-verse citizen, Alexis Denison, plays The Other. But you won’t recognize him. Or Nathan, for that matter.

Also, for all you Whovians out there: AMY POND IS IN THIS MOVIE!!!

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