Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2

I caught James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 last Saturday and what I found so impressive overall was the way Gunn managed so many stories and plot threats in a way that was not only cohesive, but made sense.

Because–and trust me on this–there are so many ways Guardians  could have easily collapsed under it’s own weight.

But it never does.

What’s almost equally impressive is the way everyone gets their own arc, without the movie feeling bloated or over-stuffed.

And Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 is so gorgeous, as if it’s not only not afraid to admit that the worlds depicted first appeared in comic books, but is proud of it.

And there’s not a cynical bone in the movie’s body, which is why when you see Baby Groot and Rocket you just go with it.

Because you know–on a level conscious or not–that Gunn believes in these characters as much, if not more, than you do.


‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Review

Guardians/Star Wars

It’s That’s Good.  You’re Welcome.

Let’s be clear about something:  James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy should not have worked, at least as well as Gunn (who co-wrote the screenplay with Nicole Perlman and directed) and Marvel Studios obviously think (and it’s clear that they are optimistic because based on early reviews a sequel as already been green lit for 2017).  Look at what it has going against it.  Gunn himself has directed two movies before, Slither, an interesting little horror comedy and Super, a not-so-interesting take on a superhero movie.

The lead actor, Chris Pratt hasn’t been the lead in ANY feature.  He’s carved out a pretty impressive niche on television, and pops up occasionally in movies though before now, never as a lead.

So we have an unproven lead on top of and two characters that are entirely computer-generated.  And if that weren’t bad enough, one of these computer generated actors literally says three words.  FOR THE ENTIRE MOVIE.  And while he’s voiced by Vin Diesel, you couldn’t tell that from watching the movie.

Oh yeah, and the other CG character is a raccoon.  A talking raccoon that has a fetish for anything that goes “Boom!”

And did I mention that one of the characters is also a wrestler–who isn’t the Rock–so who knows how things are going to come out.

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The Last ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer…

There may be more Guardians of the Galaxy trailers coming, but seeing that the movie is coming out in a bit less than two weeks, this is the last one (unless a new one has something more interesting to reveal) that I intend to post.  The reason being, as far as I am concerned they’re just preaching to the converted.

This trailer revolves around the coming together Peter Quill/Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket & Groot, the beings that will come to be known as the Guardians of the Galaxy.  They meet in the intergalactic prison known as the Kyln (an awesome name, by the way), though if the trailer is at all accurate, they won’t be there long.

The movie looks awesome and early reviews are positively glowing, so unless all of the sudden everything goes off the rails, I am expecting it to be pretty awesome.

I Know That Rocket Isn’t Hispanic, But…

In the TV Spot No. 17, from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy you see a bit more of Groot and his relationship to Rocket.  Though what interested me most about the trailer is the way Rocket speaks.  He says: “Yes, you did, I just saw you do-ing it.  Why you ly-ing.”

And he sounds awfully ethnic, in fact, Hispanic.  Since Rocket is voiced by Bradley Cooper it’s seems unlikely that’s the feel he was going for; but don’t take my word for it, listen around the 0:04 mark.

It’s an odd bit of voice work.

Five Reasons Why Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Will Be A Massive Success

The Internets are filled with all sorts of reasons why Marvel Studios’ upcoming “Guardians Of The Galaxy” could potentially be in trouble, but most of the justifications that I have come upon don’t hold water.  That’s why I listed below five assorted reasons why “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” supposedly, won’t do well, and the reason why the reason is a bunch of hooey.

  • No One Knows Who The Heck The “Guardians Of The Galaxy” Are

It’s true.  If you were to ask ten random people who the “Guardians Of The Galaxy” are, you’ll probably be met by looks of confusion.  That’s perfectly OK, because there was another Marvel character that most people had never heard of, called Iron Man, who despite the lack of name recognition, earned over $585 million worldwide.  Part of the success of that film had more than a little to do with Robert Downey, Jr. and his reputation, which wasn’t very good (the arrogance, the cocky attitude Tony Stark displayed is almost Downey Jr. playing himself)  at the time.

Like “Iron Man,” a strength of the upcoming ‘Guardians’ is in the casting.  Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Benicio del Toro, Michael Rooker, all actors at the height of their powers, together in one film.  It seems to play to virtually every demographic: women, young men, and children, which is always a very good thing.

It’s also worth mentioning that Chris Pratt plays a character that appears to be a take on Indiana Jones, which might help to draw older viewers that remember the character from “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” and hopefully weren’t too put out about Indy’s last outing “Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.”

And here’s a little information for those people who have no idea who the team are.

The characters you see in the trailer are the second the second incarnation of the team.  The original series came into being in 1969, and if you thought that Peter Quill/Star Lord, Gamorra, Drax, Rocket and Groot are strange, imagine how people would react to Martinex (a crystalline being from Pluto), Charlie-27 (a human who’s bred to live on Jupiter.  Because of the difference in gravity between that planet and Earth, he’s stronger and denser than other humans), Major Vance Astro (a time traveler of sorts), and Yondu (a blue-skinned archer who hasn’t yet appeared in a trailer for ‘Guardians,’ despite being in the movie).

Image courtesy of Marvel Wiki

Image courtesy of Marvel Wiki

In fact, Star Lord was more of an independent contractor when he first appeared in “Marvel Preview” in 1976.  At the time he had a sentient starship, and looked nothing like the version of the character that came to join ‘Guardians.’

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