We saw a regular showing of Guardians of the Galaxy Saturday afternoon. I’ve stayed away from most reviews and websites in order not to learn anything that could ruin the film. So, no spoilers here!
The short review: we loved it and left the theater really excited.
The theater was at least 80% full, which was a great sign. I’d always heard that films released in August and February were expected to not do well, so I wondered why this film was being released so late in the summer. Talking to some friends, we agreed that there hadn’t been any releases this summer that we were excited about until this film. From the trailers, it looked like it was going to be a light and funny romp with a side-crew, so to speak, of the Marvel/Avengers universe. Chris Pratt’s character on Parks and Recreation is a charming bumbler and I assumed his portrayal in Guardians would be similar.
A co-worker and I have been talking about this movie for a while and we both assumed it would be a comedy in the midst of the darker Thor and Captain America films. Sort of like a palate cleanser. I was extremely surprised by the depth of the stories and the development of the characters.
|Groot was an amazing character. Probably Vin Diesel’s best role since portraying the Iron Giant.|
As in the other Marvel films, the special effects were top notch. There wasn’t a single moment in this film that wasn’t photo-realistic and completely believable. The movie never slowed it’s pace and offered great one-liners and dialog between the characters. Although parts could be seen as a little formulaic, it was still an incredible ride that had the audience laughing in all of the right places and glued to their seats for most of the film.
|I’m blue da ba dee da ba die…|