I had meant to write this post some time ago however Real life as it so often does prevent me from having the time to do so. That said lets get into this edition of Kaldath's Corner.
So a little over a week ago I went to the Movie Theaters and saw Guardians Of the Galaxy on the Big Screen and All I have to say is ,,,,, BEST COMIC BOOK MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Warning, The Following Review May Contain Spoilers. If you have not seen the movie yet, and do not wish it spoiled for you, stop reading here!
You Have Been Warned!
Okay, perhaps saying it is the best Comic Book Movie EVER is a tab bit of an exaggeration however that is exactly how I felt when walked out of the theater! Guardians of the Galaxy for me, was the best Comic book movie I have ever seen in my Opinion. Now you may be wondering way I keep saying Comic Book Movie instead of Superhero move? Well that's because Guardians did not feel like a Superhero movie at all! No in fact it felt Much move like an Epic Sci-Fi, Action Adventure, Space Movie, and you know what? For this title it worked PERFECTLY!
SO while I did put a spoiler warning on this post, I will attempt to keep the spoilers to a minimum, and with that said, lets get into what I liked and didn't not like about this movie.
I have to say that the first thing that stands out about the movie is GROOT!! Serious, for a character that only says variations of the same line over and over again " I am Groot" he just stole the show! The chracters mannerisms, and antics move that made of for the lake of a true speaking role in the movie and some of the best scenes in the movie were all because of Groot! Next The Characters interaction with each other and the casting.
I have to say the Members of the Guardian of The Galaxy team had some great chemistry between them and all the actors pulled off their roles perfectly. Even Dave Batista, whom though I am a pro-wrestling fan, I was a bit leery of at first. Lets face it Pro-wrestlers no not tend make very good actors (with a few exceptions like "Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson" coming to mind) but he brought something to the role of Drax the Destroyer that made the character very entertaining, especially in his interactions with the other characters. The CGI for the characters was also Amazing! Groot, Rocket and Thanos all looked real. A really good first rate job!
I also like how that characters back stories were handled in this movie. We are given a teams of characters, the average movie goer has never heard of before, and we are given enough backstory for each of them to make us care for these misfits without taking up half the movie explaining who they are! I feel that it was a very well written movie, with a lot of action that for me at least never felt bogged down by the need to explains things to you! Over all I only had two issues with the film that had me disappointed
The first issue was the Nova Corps. The way they were presented in this movie which was basically a regular old police force in space, if a more high tech version. While this was in keeping with the Space Epic fell of the movie instead of the superhero genre, I think it does a disservice to the Nova Corps as a Movie franchise in it's own right as they Rank up there in power almost as much as DC's Green Lantern Corps. I feel that instead of depowering the Nova Corps to fit the movie they wanted to tell, that a different location other then the planet Xander as the movies primary setting thus leaving the Corps out of the film all together.
The Second issue I had with the movie, wasn't with the movie itself, but rather with the after credit clip! Marvel has given us some very nice teasers, and hints to what there future movie plans are with the clips they put at the end of their movies over the last several years, so I remained in my seat in the movie theater, with baited breath to see what epic clue, or teaser that marvel had planned. I endured that extremely long and boring Guardians Of The Galaxy Movie credits and got to see ,,,,,,,,,, HOWARD THE DUCK!!! ... WTF Marvel? really? I was hugely disappointed by this, and if I had known what I was in store for I would have left the theater the moment the credits started rolling.
Oh well, such is life, and even these two missteps as I see them to be, could not ruin my overall enjoyment of this movie. and My final recommendation to you all is to go see this movie if you haven't already as I give it a 9 out of 10 stars. If I can find the time I plan on seeing it a second time, I just don't plan on staying for Howard a second time!
I loved it too, and described it as one of the best sci fi movies to come out in decades. That said, it does stand alone very well as a sci fi movie, but it also manages to tie in with he greater MCU as a comic book movie.
It was very well done, from casting, to Visual effects, to the costumes, and through he visual effects. I was really looking froward to this movie all year long, and glad it paid off.
I want a dancing baby Groot in my life!
I share your disappointment with the nerfing of the Nova Corps, but perhaps there’s room for growth in upcoming sequels? Maybe this crushing defeat will cause them to explore an upgrade to their technology. Coincidentally the Xandarians do now possess a certain gem of infinite power with which to experiment…
The after credits scene was cute at least. I LOVED the Cosmo cameo, even if he didn’t say anything. I read somewhere that Marvel is trying to stray away from the whole “SUPER AMAZING SNEAK PEEK INTO THE NEXT MOVIE” vibe with their post credits scenes to take some of the pressure off having to live up the hype. While I don’t necessarily like it, I can see how it might allow for more flexibility in planning for the next films, not having to have characters/scenes locked down before production/concepting even begins.
This movie was awesome. While it hasn’t surpassed Avengers as my favorite comic book movie of all time, it came close. While there were some good moments for all the heroes, Groot and Rocket pretty much stole this movie.
My biggest problem was really the villains. Ronan was fairly menacing, but not terribly memorable. Nebula was so cardboard cut-out that it actually made me question why Karen Gillan took the role, let alone shaved her head for it (hopefully the fact that Nebula managed to live through this means that she both comes back for round two, and they try to expand her role in the next go round). Thanos wasn’t really in the movie that much, and that was understandable, as he was being established for the next movie. The most engaging “kind-of” villain was Michael Rooker as Yondu, the space pirate that raised Peter Quill after abducting him from Earth, but who Quill abandoned by the beginning on the movie. I don’t know, maybe we’ve just been spoiled by how awesome Loki is that we just expect more from our Marvel villains.
Was pretty “meh” on the Howard the Duck thing. It’s not worth sticking around for in retrospect, but I didn’t care about it either. It’s kind of like a “so this is a thing. Just, probably not a thing we’re actually going to do in the future.” At least I hope not. Still…couldn’t be worse than the first time they did Howard on the big screen.
We (spouse and I) enjoyed it so much we saw it twice in short order.
I didn’t hate the Howard the Duck thing. I was probably ten when I saw that movie, an age at which I was able to enjoy it. I felt like maybe they were going for a callback to the ’80s, since Peter Quill is basically perpetually stuck in the ’80s himself.
I’ve heard people have been making their own DIY dancing baby Groot, using the dancing flower toys that inspired that bit in the first place. (Another ’80s thing, if I recall correctly?)
I’m still cracking up over “I will not succumb to your … pelvic sorcery!”
Haven’t seen GotG, and don’t intend to…
But, as to the “Howard the Duck” thing:
It wasn’t so much that they decided to make a Howard the Duck movie at all,
that bothered people. It was that they were supposed to make a “God Loves, Man Kills”
movie, and that they decided to make Howard *instead of* the X-Men, that left a lot
or people, like me, wandering around in a daze, at the time…
The REAL Howard escaped the Marvel Universe, so they can’t do anything legitimate with him.