Yes, the Bunnies have seen Guardians Of The Galaxy. As a matter of fact, the reason why we can only talk about it now is because the staff of the Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Vancouver had to basically kick us out because it looked like we were going to start living there. What else could we do? Have you even seen this movie? If you had, you wouldn’t be judging us with your judgmental judgement. Chris Pratt is in it and he manages to be hot, funny, and awesome all at the same time. And we pretty much agree to say that the movie is awesome as well.
Or do we? (Of course we do. OR DO WE?)
When Guardians of the Galaxy ended, I wanted to turn around and yell, “Play it again, Sam!” Anais and I saw it again a week later. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack when I go to the gym. I’m listening to it right now. I love this movie.
The film does a lot of things right. The script is great, balancing comedy and drama for almost every character. The beauty of the story is showing us how the characters are complicated, interesting, or powerful, rather than telling us all the time.
- Everyone gets at least one sweet comedic moment:
Peter Quill/Star-Lord: If I had a blacklight, this place would look like a Jackson Pollock painting.
Drax the Destroyer: NOTHING goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it.
Gamora: We’re just like Kevin Bacon!
Rocket Raccoon: Well now I’m standing. Happy? We’re all standing now. Bunch of jackasses, standing in a circle.
Groot: I am Groot.
- Everyone’s lost someone:
Peter’s mom: Right off the top, classic Disney-style punch to the nuts.
Drax’s wife and daughter: This time, it’s personal!
Gamora’s whole family: In the past, sure, but her surrogate sister Nebula is out to kill her too.
Rocket loses Groot! The funniest character has the saddest, most immediate loss in the movie. Right into the audience feels. Not Groot! Nooooooo!
- Everyone has an arc:
Peter Quill becomes Star-Lord, classic zero to hero.
Drax learns the difference between revenge and justice, and gets a new family.
Gamora abandons her false family for true friends.
Rocket, wise-cracking selfish jerk to wise-cracking slightly less selfish team member.
- Creative exposition:
If you have to make plans, make it fun!
Groot acts out Rocket’s plan while he’s describing why NOT to get the battery first. Hilarious!
When Peter pitches his plan, they argue about what percentage of a plan it even constitutes. I love it!
OK, so I could probably gush about this movie forever, but let’s talk turkey. What’s not great? The 3D. Not worth it. Which is too bad, because films in space are perfect for 3D action! When I saw Gravity I was blown away by how much the 3D added to the experience. Guardians doesn’t take advantage of the way 3D makes space feel like… well, space. Also, the comics I’ve read feature a few more ladies. Why no Quasar? Phylla-Vell is an important part of the modern Guardians team! We got a cute Cosmo tease, but where’s Mantis? Why do we only get one woman? Avengers only has one “v”, so no more vaginas allowed!
I have mixed feelings about Guardians of the Galaxy, although I’m not quite sure whether I blame it on the film itself, or on my expectations from it. Frankly, I don’t even know what I was expecting exactly but I was expecting A LOT. And it’s not like my expectations weren’t met, per se. They were met… differently. Just like Rachel, I knew next to nothing about the plot and the universe, and I did my best to stay as spoiler-free as possible. That said, one can’t not be spoilt rotten by the rest of Marvel films, hence the expectations.
It’s safe to say that my absolutely favorite part of Guardians of the Galaxy was, of course, its score. Being a music junkie and a HUGE fan of the 80’s and 90’s hits, I basically floated through the movie, humming the songs under my breath every time Peter Quill tuned in to yet another musical masterpiece from 20+ years ago. Not going to apologize for that – it felt like heaven. Plus, I can now admit my never ending love for certain tune without being judged anymore – woohoo!
Another absolutely awesome thing about the film was of course a diverse group of characters that would not be likely to ever be friends/companions/allies under any other circumstances, but take an infinity stone, a charming outlaw, a smartass scientific experiment and his sidekick, a rebel assassin and muscle on a revenge/suicide mission, put them in a prison, and you get a cocktail like no other. I can hardly imagine it being any better. The director James Gunn does a great job creating a one-of-a-kind universe, adding captivating dorky characters to it and peppering it with witty, fast paced dialogue. Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket raccoon and Groot may not be ‘good guys’ by definition, what with being outlaws possessing an enviable knowledge about prison breaks, but they’re likable and relatable – we’ve all lost somebody and some of us take it harder than the others. We all understand what it’s like to be different.
Special mention of a shirtless Chris Pratt!! I mean, come on!!
Now, the film wasn’t perfect. Like some of the other Marvel movies, it gave little to no development to the real bad guys. Lee Pace’s Ronan is evil alright, but he is also very, very one-dimensional. It’s almost embarrassing. And don’t even get me started on Karen Gillian’s Nebula whose make-up blew my mind but whose screen time was so limited I’m not even sure I saw her at all. Basically, Guardians of the Galaxy had to deal with the exact same thing that often comes up as a weakness in any kind of adaptation – the audience is almost expected to know the universe, which is not always the case, thus making certain parts of the film either overly confusing or seemingly unimportant.
Also, unlike some other Marvel films, Guardians of the Galaxy was openly comedic right off the bat, which I also didn’t expect and rubbed me the wrong way for reasons I can’t quite explain even to myself. After the heart-wrenching opening, what with the dying mom and boy who has no one else in the entire universe, we cut to him using alien rats as microphones as he dances across abandoned planet, which was both awesome and terribly out of place. Regardless of seriousness of the issues addressed in the movie, it was overly cheesy and goofy at times, thus killing the major gravity that, I assume, was meant to be present. There is humor and then there is ‘over the top out of place’ humor, and Guardians of the Galaxy seemed to have overstepped the border with the latter without establishing it.
But let’s not let minor issues get in the way of greater fun! I watched Guardians of the Galaxy 5 times already and I plan to do it many times more while we all patiently impatiently wait for the next film.
I feel like saying that the music is probably one of my favourite parts in Guardians of the Galaxy would be a little bit redundant at this point but I guess that also tells you just how good this soundtrack is, right? I haven’t been following pop music for a long time now but I certainly do know my old classics and those tunes just hit the right spot.
Aside from that, can we just pause for a moment and observe how Marvel is consistently becoming better at this? I certainly liked most of the movies from Phase One and I am a big fan of The Avengers. However, I don’t think anybody can deny that the quality of the writing in the Marvel movies has evolved. The Winter Soldier and Guardians are two very solid movies. They even managed to do it right with their female characters. Of course, I heard the rumours about Nicole Perlman and the rejected Black Widow script and that’s pretty annoying but I won’t lose hope. We will get that movie.
I don’t have much to say against Guardians, to be honest. I heard that some people were getting grumpy because Guardians is basically The Avengers. Well, yes. It kind of is the same idea. You know what else is kind of the same idea? Every assembly of (super)heroes ever. Guardians and The Avengers are two different takes on the same concept. It’s not a crime, people, there aren’t that many unseen concepts out there anyway. If you ask me who did it better though, I’d say that Guardians of the Galaxy has the upper hand. This mostly because they managed to make us care so much about characters that most of the audience had never even met before. The most important Avengers had their own movies and the rest of them pretty much stayed undeveloped during The Avengers. The Guardians all go through proper characterization and an arc. Except maybe Groot but that’s because he’s already perfect. We are Groot.
One thing, though. As much as I love most of the dialogue in Guardians of the Galaxy, I must admit that some lines slipped into the cheesy territory. One that still makes me cringe is one of Rocket Raccoon’s, when he realizes that Groot is about to sacrifice himself. It’s something like “You’ll die! Why are you doing this? Why?” Eye roll. Everybody knows why. I must admit that Bradley Cooper’s delivery on that one was also a bit off, though. For some reason, it had the same effect on me that Jay Baruchel as Hiccup trying to sound emotional and deep in How To Train Your Dragon 2. I just wasn’t buying it.
This said, all of that is just nitpicking and I’m still going to see Guardians of the Galaxy at least two more times. It’s just that good.