Rapid Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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“So here we are: a thief, two thugs, an assassin and a maniac. But we’re not going to stand by as evil wipes out the galaxy. I guess we’re stuck together, partners.”
– Peter Quill

SYNOPSIS: After discovering a mysterious orb in another part of the galaxy, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the genocidal villain Ronan the Accuser. Being hunted across the galaxy, Quill gets lumped together with a group of misfits that need to learn how to get along before they can become the “Guardians of the Galaxy”. – via IMDB

guardians of the galaxy

I definitely liked this far more than I thought I would. The soundtrack was great (which is how this was bumped up .5), the characters were entertaining, there was cheese, there were some seriously odd moments, there was plenty humour, and it was just a fun flick overall. I don’t think it is deserving of the hype surrounding it but I liked it more than anticipated, which is something. I went in expecting something like The Avengers, which, as you all know, was not my favourite movie or anything. I didn’t know too much about this, which I am sure counted in the film’s favour, so it was all new to me. I thought the cast was fantastic, each bringing their bit to the table and  having fun while doing it, which shows on screen. Rocket Raccoon really had me laughing at the best of times, especially with his penchant for prosthetics, as well as how he could laugh about it (that giggling!). Seriously. Chris Pratt does a very good job in the leading role, and I liked him. I thought the villain, Ronan, was absolutely freaking ridiculous and not creepy at all (and I was told he was pretty cool). He was not. He looked like a giant blue, muddy nun, and sounded silly. You know I like a good villain… The movie itself was decently paced, didn’t feel as long as it was, and it was shot quite well. The effects were pretty good, though here and there it was a little dodgy. Guardians of the Galaxy has a very different feel from all the other Marvel movies we have been getting over the last few years, and it worked wonders here, like a breath of fresh air. I still don’t quite understand why the world has gone ballistic over this, but it was fun and worth the watch, if nothing more than just to see this band of misfits together. I enjoyed the way the movie was presented, and the plot progression. I don’t actually have an awful lot to say about this one, so I will stop waffling on about it.

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30 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

  1. keith7198 says:

    I had fun with this flick but honestly I wasn’t as enamored with it as many. I thought some of the jokes were good but some were a little flat. I thought the main villain was underdeveloped. And I thought it became pretty formulaic and predictable. But it was fun and that counts for something.

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    • Zoë says:

      I am with you there Keith. Definitely nothing new, per se, but definitely something fresh from Marvel. Some worked, some didn’t, but it was a fun ride if not taken too seriously!

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    • Zoë says:

      Chemistry Kidney,

      So was I lol, I couldn’t believe Rix AND I enjoyed it. In fact, I even think he enjoyed it more than I did! Like whaaaaaaaaa?! LOL! Definitely not deserving of the hype but it’s worth checking out at the very least.

      Thanks!

      Best Bkushi

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  2. snapcracklewatch says:

    Glad you finally saw this one, yes it got so much hype this year so if you just saw it I could see how you probably had certain expectations for it. Well at least you had fun watching it! My husband wasn’t that crazy about it either he kept saying it was cheesy, so yes there are people out there who agree with you. 🙂

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  3. Tom says:

    Definitely a victim of excessive hype Zoe. It seems our impressions of this are pretty much on par. It’s funny though, I haven’t listened to the soundtrack in a long while, but soon as I saw this post I went back and jammed on Hooked on a Feeling. That’s probably going to play on repeat now. Lol!

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  4. robbinsrealm says:

    Very good post, which touched upon all the pertinent points regarding the film.

    Like yourself, when I went with my friends to see the movie, in the theater, I wasn’t overly excited about it. I never had it pegged as a must see movie, or even for that matter, something I had to see on the big screen. I am in agreement with you, I never quite understood the overwhelming amount of hype the film received prior to its release. Suffice it to say, that when the movie was finished, my first thought was that I liked it a great deal more than I thought I was going to. I think the score you gave it is spot on. The film wasn’t great, but nor was it awful; it was between a little above average and good.

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    • Zoë says:

      🙂 I am glad to see we are in agreement! I think we were more impressed because we had seriously lowered expectations. I have to give it to Marvel, this was fresh and exciting from their side, much better than expected, but they sure know how to hype a film up!

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  5. caragale says:

    “He looked like a giant blue, muddy nun.” LOLOLOL. Yeah, he kinda did, didn’t he? Bahaha. Well, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t have as much fun as I did, lady! You don’t go for the Marvel teams, do you? I’m glad to hear we’re in agreement on lots though–including that epic soundtrack. Yes, yes, and YES to that. Great job, lady!! 🙂

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    • Zoë says:

      😛 Yes, he did. It was disconcerting! Well, I had quite a blast nonetheless with this, a fun film, something I can see myself watching a few times to come still! Hahahahahaha! Maybe so, but this was infinitely better than what came from The Avengers! 😀 I really, really liked that soundtrack!

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  6. table9mutant says:

    Well, at least you had a bit of fun with it instead of hating it the way Eric (predictably) did. 😉 lol! I’d have bet my life on that…. That soundtrack DOES rock! Bought the CD. The only CD I’ve bought in years! Nice review. 🙂

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