Yesterday, I attended a regional première for Guardians of the Galaxy, so I thought I should offer my thoughts on the movie (in a spoiler-free way).
When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I had a feeling that it was either going to be amazing or terrible. In the last few days, people who had attended press and early screenings were filling social media with as much praise as they could without breaching their NDAs, which made me feel more optimistic about the movie.
Ultimately it was neither amazing or terrible - it’s sat awkwardly in the middle. The film did have some big pluses, like Rocket Raccoon (who really steals the spotlight in every scene he’s in) and some wonderful visuals. The world of Xandar looked incredible - both futuristic and yet realistic. It’s also clear which scenes were filmed in London, which create a nice familiar feeling despite it canonically being a place we’ve obviously never visited before. The make-up on Nebula was also fantastic…although Ronan’s was not as great.
The film is without a doubt the funniest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far but sadly, aside from jokes there isn’t much to the script. Gamora has to be the most poorly written woman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, while Ronan is pretty much on par with Thor: The Dark World’s Malekith (they’re almost the exact same character to be honest). Drax’s character is very one dimensional and pretty much every joke revolving around him relies on the same old gimmick. I can’t fault Dave Bautista’s performance of Drax though as to be honest, he was given very little to work with. I wasn’t a fan of Josh Brolin’s (admittedly brief) performance as Thanos though; I feel that his voice wasn’t really “powerful” enough for a figure like the Mad Titan.
I think that the Guardians came together way too quickly (if I remember, within the first twenty minutes) and without going into details, the ending was an absolutely ridiculous ass-pull. The middle section of the film though, is home to some pleasant character interactions. One of my favourite scenes in the whole movie managed to blend comedy and sentimentality together rather nicely.
I also have to question the use of the word “a-holes” instead of “assholes” when the likes of “shit” and “whore” appear in the script on multiple occasions. Combined with that and a joke about semen, I find hard to recommend this movie as a summer blockbuster for the whole family (and it’s a shame that those were really the only reasons). Although admittedly, the semen joke is one of those that would easily go over a child’s head.
Personally, I would be fully behind a future movie that focused only on Rocket Raccoon and Groot as really, it was the rest of the cast that brought this movie down.
Luke (my ten year old brother) was much more enthusiastic and loved the movie, but I personally feel that it deserves a 6/10.
Here is my updated current personal ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films (best to worst):
1) Captain America: The Winter Soldier
2) Iron Man 3
3) Captain America: The First Avenger
4) The Avengers
5) Iron Man
6) Iron Man 2
7) Guardians of the Galaxy
8) Thor: The Dark World
9) The Incredible Hulk
That’s right - this is not a drill! This is not a drill! (well, it might be if you watch Gurren Lagann :P).
Thanks to the awesome guys at Anime Limited, the Netflix UK anime library just got a little less crap, now that they’ve added Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann to the service!
All episodes are available for streaming - with Gurren Lagann being available in both English dub and Japanese subtitled formats, while Kill la Kill is subtitled only.
Here’s a message to anyone interested in getting into any kind of journalism: Remember Mimiko’s words. They must be your #1 rule.
Yes, it’s been told to you by a high school girl in a manga. A high school girl in a manga is sticking to the rule better than the majority of journalists out there today.