I never watched 30 Rock – I am half and half about Tina Fey – …
I have been a fan of Marvel comics since I was younger. I stopped collecting when I was a bit older, but still kept up with what I could through Wikipedia and Google. Since the MCU has started, I have seen all the films, and totally love them. They have started with known (but not that well known) characters, and built up their universe slowly but surely.
Guardians of the Galaxy is by far their biggest risk since starting the MCU. They aren’t that well known, but they had to be included I fell because of their connection to Thanos, and also to introduce the audience to that part of the MCU. Whilst Guardians was a big risk, it was also the Marvel film I was looking forward to the most, why? Because it was a risk, and it was an “out there” option. I wanted to see what they would come up with. I had researched the characters before going to watch the film, so I knew bits and pieces and wondered if anything would be changed.
So there I was, first day, early evening, sitting down to Guardians of the Galaxy, and I gotta admit, I was pretty much fanboying the whole way through.
The film was pretty much amazing. It does quite a lot in a decent running time. It tells you the backstories of each of the main character, and the lead bad guy. At the same time they also lay everything out about the Infinity Stones (what seems to be where they are heading for Avengers 3). They are able to do this whilst keeping the story going at a decent pace, and keep you interested.
The best thing about the film is the comedy. The comedy is outstanding. I was watching the film with pretty much a cinema full, and every joke hit, and they were loud about it. Chris Pratt who plays Peter Quill, is especially good, but then again, if you’ve seen his work on Parks and Recreation you know that he was always going to be good in the comedic role. But the rest of the character have their comedic moments, and a special shout out has to go out to Dave Bautista, the wrestler turned actor playing Drax the Destroyer. He does a good job, especially when you take into account that most of the film he is acting against nothing (he is usually paired with Groot and Rocket, who are CGI).
The Guardians of the Galaxy fit into the MCU quite well. They are essentially the Avengers but in space. They have the backing of the Nova Corp (the SHIELD of space, complete with their own Nick Fury – Nova Prime – and Agent Coulson – Rhomann Day). But where it differs from the Avengers is that whereas the Avengers can get quite dark, apart from the beginning Guardians is all about the light.
Stick around right to the end for a nice little easter egg, one which I don’t think will have much of an impact on the franchise, but is no doubt a nice little wink the Marvel Universe film franchise (pre MCU).
Popcorn Taste – 9.8
Sweet the whole way through, apart from a few stray unpopped kernels.