Yes, its been a long while since a movie review here.
But Guardians of the Galaxy sort of demands it. On my favorite podcast, Total Talk Nonsense http://www.totaltalknonsense.com/audio/pod/ttn299.1.mp3 the two hosts gave Guardians Of The Galaxy a 4 out of 4 Spiney Normans. I have no idea what a Spiney Norman is.
I had nothing particular to do, so I thought I would give it a shot.
What a fun movie. The action starts quickly, the exposition and obligatory shot of Stan Lee happen early on (I’m not completely ignorant). What could an intelligent raccoon, and walking tree, a wild, guile filled would be space Indiana Jones do for the universe?
We meet evil sisters who were captured and turned mercenary and we meet the bad bad guy, who soon proves how evil he is, which is followed in short fashion by his meeting his boss.
While he prefer’s “Star Lord”, Quill, who was captured by an alien mercenary early early in the movie shows up again 20 some years later as a not so serious out for himself space ship captain, mostly working alone. He grabs the pile of gold – whups – the magic orb and trips the alarm, I mean, handles the three guards one of whom is Korath the Persuer. His boss wants the orb.
Gamora an assassin who works for Thanos the … blah blah there’s too many people here for me to remember their names …. There are a lot of characters in this movie, some bad, they’re a bit cliche’. Some good, really boring characters but clearly intended to be flat cliche’d good guys. Perfectly, perfectly uninteresting.
Actually there are so many bad guys that there are too many too remember, but the bad guys are interesting and the neutral characters, the leads, are all able to hold the screen when they are the center of attention, which, is most of the time.
The racoon, Rocket, is the dry avuncular, mercenary under control, leader, no wait, he’s not a leader, except for Groot. Rocket almost controls Groot, voiced brilliantly by Vin Diesel. Bradley Cooper is right on as the voice of Rocket.
A big win for the movie is Groot, whom, in the commercials appears to not have any arms. He’s just a big viny tree, who ultimately may steal your heart.
The characters unfold as the plot does with puns of action.
In fact the comedy is what raises this movie to 4 stars. As we move through the galaxy the heroes stories are revealed and they fight and push against each other even as they are working for themselves and or the good guys or maybe the bad guys.
In a good space western you want pace, action, heroics, charm, courage, love-ability and humor. You get them all in this movie. At 121 minutes (not counting the snip at the end of the credits I suppose) there are times when a movie can slow down. Guardians of the Galaxy at its worst is fine, and at its best is perfect. Just perfect. A quibble here or there, like the fight scene between the two sisters which it appeared that the director/writer had cleverly avoided, could have been left out entirely, though it probably would have driven the people that know the story nuts.
Given the magnitude of the story (and the cast) there’s so much here you just have to sit back and enjoy it. Too much to tell. Almost too much movie, but in the end its massive, its funny, and its just damned fun!
Go see it. Hope that the audience gets it because this movie is Raiders and Men In Black all at the same time. If the audience doesn’t laugh, you’ll think you’re missing something. You’re not. They are.
Go see Guardians of the Galaxy! 5 Smiling Maxes, ok, 4, no … 5. You get one just for Groot!