I want to welcome you to the end of Act 2 and beginning of Act 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Guardians of the Galaxy (yeah I know technically Age of Ultron ends Phase 2, but this one is an Act change). Having just seen the movie for a third time, I want to let you know that it holds up very well across multiple viewings. My only real regret at the moment is that these were all previews. That means there was no not-so-secret end credits teaser scene, and that I’ll have to see Guardians again just to catch that part. Sorry, that’s a lie, I don’t regret having to see this movie again at all.
Know that Guardians of the Galaxy is a movie that is designed to appeal to a much wider audience than prior Marvel films. Why? Because it’s not a movie about Superheroes, it’s a movie about heroism forged through sacrifice. It’s also about murderers, thieves, bounty hunters, assassins – and that’s just the stars and heroes of the movie. Don’t worry though you can’t always judge a book by it’s cover. In comics, the desire and ability to do good often comes with missteps. You’re just going to see the worst of them, become the best of them and save the universe.
Wrong minded people might not want to see a movie where 2 of the stars are a vocabulary challenged floral colossus named Groot and a bipedal, gun-toting procyon lotor with anger management issues named Rocket. It’s a shame really because what they’d see on the screen are creatures that are so well engineered (more-so in Rocket’s case) that it’s almost hard to believe they are not living things. That and Groot is in so many ways one of the most beautiful things you’ll have seen on screen in a very long time that you will cry. And if that still doesn’t convince them about this movie then, to quote said racoon, “They’re d’ast idiots!”
From everything I saw on the screen, I can only say that despite all the changes from the comic books this is actually superb bit of silver screen magic packaged in a way to keep even the staunchest of comic book fans happy. There are a number of things I’m pretty sure I saw with my only regret so far being no sign of a mane of red, white, and blue. I can’t wait to get this film home in a few months so I can pause and study to my heart’s content. And note there’s a Hidden Mickey that I didn’t see until my third viewing.
Right minded people will notice that this movie is far less like Avengers, and far more like Star Wars or even Firefly. As I indicated above that gives us a movie that more people can in a lot of ways more easily consume. It’s a strong showing for Marvel as they push to keep this freight train moving ever forward (at least through 2019), and Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be in theaters for many months to come.
* Now read the first word of each paragraph