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The Buzz:

        I...don't even. Peter Quill AKA "Star Lord" starts this film on a simple job to recover an artifact a-la "Raiders of the Lost Ark." However the journey (stupidly so) spirals out of control on a quest of galactic significance to save...everyone (?) from the threat of Ronan the Accuser.

 

*DISCLAIMER*: The author of this article has only read the "galactic level" of Marvel Comics from Annihilation through The Thanos Imperative, which he has been told by many "true comic fans" is a freshmen-minus level of indoctrination to the characters and events. So take this with some measure salt (if you care that goddamn much).

 

Life of the Party:

        The next section of this review may come off as harsh, so let me start here with is: Guardians of the Galaxy is an incredibly fun, enjoyable, and humorous film offering to the Marvel Universe of films. Chris Pratt (of (as far as I know) Parks and Rec fame) IS Star Lord, in much the same way as Robert Downey Jr. IS Tony Stark. He brings that level of authenticity to the role. I personally can't imagine anyone else being that...perfect (?) at the character.

        Beyond that, I think the strength of Guardians is how enjoyable it is. The majority of the (noticeable) soundtrack is almost Tarantino/Rodriguez-esque, which matches the characters and storyline pretty much perfectly (in my opinion). The action is exciting without being cliché, and the dialogue & plot serves to keep the audience fully enamored. In short: it's fun to watch! It's a popcorn film. Wave your "suspension of disbelief" flag high, sit back, and enjoy!

 

Potential Hangovers:

        I have two primary complaints about Guardians. First off, I have many of the same complaints that I do about the second half of Captain America. A majority of the film seems...rushed. Without going into detail, events are very "bang-bang-bang," with very quick transitions between each one, and honestly left me kind of in the film's own dust. Little to no explanation, no setup, just "bam, this is what's going on now, you better like it."

        And secondly, and tied to my first complaint, is the characters. While they ARE what makes this film work, their supporting elements are incredibly weak. The film pretty much relies on the audience having a VERY deep understanding of the characters from the comics. But (and again, read the earlier disclaimer), so much is VERY different from those comics. Character motivations are VERY different, as well as personalities and development. And while, yes, much of the rapidly developing Marvel Film Universe is its own entity with its own distinct personality and development, it was odd to have a film that so heavily relies on its source material, while breaking away from it so distinctly. And while it does leave me wanting more, I feel like it's an aspect I will only be able to appreciate when I have access to the undeniably inevitable trilogy, where they will (hopefully) tie everything together.

 

The Vibe:

        Obviously, existing fans of the Marvel Film Universe will certainly find something to enjoy in Guardians. If you have enjoyed the majority of the other films in this universe of films, then you really can't go wrong here. And fans of high sci-fi and fantasy will also find elements both familiar and comforting. It's hard to find a real "vibe" for this film, since it's its own entity within this set of films, and more than probably this section of this review should be updated once Guardians hits home release, alongside whatever else has joined the library since then. But until that event occurs, and until we get the inevitable follow-up, Guardians of the Galaxy is a fun popcorn film for a random night off.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Fun

+ Chris Pratt IS Star Lord

- Incredibly rushed

+/- Relies heavily on source material, while being bafflingly different from the self-same material

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