Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) [Review]

A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.

8/10 – Another superhero movie from Marvel, sort of like The Avengers, but not the Avengers. A lot of what I was going to write is covered off in this Honest Trailers link; the comparisons to The Avengers was always going to happen, but there was one point they acknowledged that emphasises the entire reason I try and avoid this type of sci-fi – the ‘space bullsh*t’ / ‘space mumbo-jumbo’. Essentially language that means absolutely nothing to those watching it for the first time with no knowledge of the comic books, but makes it sound futuristic and cool. It didn’t ruin my viewing, but it annoyed me whenever they would do it.

The other thing they acknowledged, which is the main point I was going to make, is that it really is just a huge amount of fun to watch for the most part. Dave Bautista and his deadpan delivery, Chris Pratt is one funny guy, then Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper were great in the supporting roles. They all seem to hit on different levels and it works well. It had enough of the sarcasm, quick wit and self awareness that I come to expect from this genre now, but with equal balance of purpose and character development. It was a really solid movie, until the final act.

It’s no spoiler alert if I explain that this movie ends in some form of gigantic explosive CGI riddled mess. Just like Captain America, and the Avengers, and Iron Man… it’s always the same. I don’t know why they do it, I was enjoying the film perfectly fine and then it is as if they give the reins to Michael Bay and have him completely mess it up. I mean, there has to be a climax to the film, but does it really have to be such an overkill on that type of effect? I didn’t see it in 3D, so perhaps my position on this is kind of jaded, but it is a shame to see a film that was holding it’s own, felt fresh and original despite being so close to previously released films, and then went into a giant mess at the end.

I can overlook the ending though, and the sci-fi talk, because overall it was one hell of a good movie. I can’t comment on it much more than that: I’m not that big into Marvel, don’t read comics, or have a particular preference of superhero, but I enjoy film and I enjoyed this.

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