Oscar worthy? We will see. I shed tears before the opening Marvel Studios title card and enjoyed the adventure from that moment on. Early skeptics were discounting the choice to use the Guardians and doubted they would work with the continuity of the new cinematic universe. Some Star Wars fans are worried Disney will not be able to pull off an intergalactic epic. As I play catch up with countless Infinity titles, I am excited to say they nailed it and if this is an indicator of the resources at their disposal, Star Wars is in good hands. Applause to the writers for including a back story on the characters without creating an “Origin” story. The respect and understanding of the existing Marvel Universe will impress Marvel fans as other titles and characters are seamlessly blended, making you wonder how they will be used in the future. Awe inspiring backgrounds, music and art direction brought back nostalgic memories of Science Fiction and Pop Culture from the late 70’s and early 80’s. The amazing volume one (and two) mix tape sound track foreshadows a second volume film that was confirmed at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con.
This first pass title weaves a brilliant tale of the true rewards gained when we accept responsibility for something more important than ourselves. Chris Pratt proves once again everything is awesome… when you are part of a team as Star Lord. Rocket is my favorite Bradley Cooper role since The A Team and Vin Diesel shows a tenderness, as Groot, we haven’t seen since The Pacifier. Green is definitely Zoe Saldana’s color and David Bautista’s hero’s journey as Drax is far from over. Nebula was expertly crafted by Karen Gillan and Lee Pace’s Ronin was a Kree of action proving he was capable of domination and not just talk… no spoilers!
I was surprised by the use of adult language throughout the movie. The story is not written with the brutal, graphic nature of Marvel MAX or Marvel Knights, but it is PG-13 for a reason. Despite being “Cute and Fluffy” Rocket is not a child friendly Ranger Rick and the heroes are all criminals (true anti-heroes). The ending credits seemed surprisingly short for a movie of this pedigree. My only answer to that is there were no visual effects and the entire movie really happened. The post credit sequence was worth the wait and I want to know how George Lucas felt about it. The cherry on top for this Disney/Marvel fan would be: Disney Consumer Products brings back the “dancing flower” novelty for an obvious merchandise tie in and fans will give Guardians a second weekend in the top spot by beating Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.,! I will be in the theater next weekend enjoying a relaxed second look at a 3D IMAX matinee. Who will be joining me?
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