GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Footage Review: Evan’s Reaction to Marvel Screening 17 Minutes of Footage

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I’ve been more excited about Guardians of the Galaxy than I have most other Marvel films for some time now.  I’m a huge fan of director James Gunn (Slither, Super) and the potential for strong authorial voices gets me more excited for tentpoles (see also Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and Edgar Wright’s unfortunately cancelled take on Ant-Man).  While I generally like Marvel movies, there’s something about the humor in all of the Guardians of the Galaxy promos that I’ve seen that has colluded with my fandom of Gunn to raise my expectations for this film.  So when an invitation came my way to preview 17 minutes of the film in 3D IMAX this evening at the TLC Chinese Theater, I leapt at it despite the fact that I would essentially just be watching 17 minutes of footage I’d be seeing in a more complete context within a matter of weeks.

Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee PaceKaren GillanGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroDjimon HounsouJohn C. ReillyMichael RookerPeter Serafinowicz, and the voices of Bradley CooperVin Diesel, and Josh Brolin.  It opens in 2D and 3D on August 1st.  Hit the jump to read my Guardians of the Galaxy footage reaction!

guardians-of-the-galaxy-zoe-saldana-chris-pratt-rocketThe footage started off with what seemed to be a (slightly) condensed version of the prison break sequence we’ve been hearing so much about.  Our main characters are processed by John C. Reilly in a scene that expands upon the “lineup” segment of the earlier trailers, only we learn a little bit more about each characters backstory, including Gamora’s relationship to Thanos.

From there the guardians are sent to the Kyln (a maximum security space prison that relies on a complex artificial gravity system) intake where we see Star Lord fighting to get his walkman back before they are all hosed down with an orange cleansing goo (which provides us with the obligatory “Chris Pratt is ripped” shot).  We definitely get the feeling that the Guardians have only recently met, Star Lord is still trying to get around Groot’s limited vocabulary, but their chemistry together is already fairly strong at this point.  Things really fall into full swing when Rocket Racoon is outlining a plan for the break to Star Lord and Gamora while we see Groot in the background prematurely enacting the procedure being discussed.  Alarms sound, armed drones swarm into the prison’s general population,  and our heroes are faced with assorted challenges while trying to escape.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-dave-bautistaI don’t want to give away all of the beats, but it’s a well thought out sequence with a good sense of escalation and a great sense of geography. You know precisely what the objectives of the characters are and where they are in relation to achieving them.  Not being familiar with the comics, I actually learned a lot about Groot’s utilities in battle (whether they be extending his branches up a bad guy’s nose or acting as a ladder for the other guardians).  There’s not a lot of setup for Drax in this sequence and, as a result, his character doesn’t really gel with the rest of the crew until right up near the end (even though he joins them in the fight to escape early on).

It also took me a second to get used to the film’s tone, which was odd because it wasn’t actually any different than what I was expecting.  It’s just weird to enter the film during this sequence and not the opening proper.  The scene was executed just fine, but it feels like the Guardians universe is so specific on a tonal level that it’s not wise to just drop the audience into the movie at this very point.  I imagine the immersion into this world provided by the full film will work much better.

guardians of the galaxy yondu michael rookerSo yeah, aside from minor quibbles about being dropped into a scene that looks to take place right near the end of the first act, I was very excited by what I saw (even if I’m not excited for too many more of these “one scene screenings”).  The film has a charmingly lo-fi aesthetic, not in terms of the way it’s framed or shot, but in little touches like the prison guards’ armor and security devices.  The 3D looked good (one of the best post conversion jobs I’ve seen actually) and there was just the right amount of humor peppered throughout the action beats.  No overkill there.  One thing the footage hammered home was that this is definitely more of a kids’ movie than something like Winter Soldier or Iron Man 3, but in a fun way.  It’s nothing that any reasonable adult that’s a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would find untenable.

After that we got the extended sizzle reel that had already hit online by the time I exited the theater, which was something I was just as excited to discuss as the prison break, but you just saw it so I doubt you need a recap.

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  • Gabe

    Every minute of the preview I thought was fantastic. I guarantee that Rocket Raccoon will steal the entire movie, he was so awesome. Everyone was great, really. Theater was 100% packed however a lot of the people got very angry it wasn’t the full movie they thought it was. I’m not crazy about 3D but this one was not too bad.

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      • Your initials are Bj?

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  • it was a mess

    I find it hard to take opinions of those that thought iron man 3 was good… And i couldn’t care less about the whole twist thing

    • Guest

      Thank you, arbiter of taste.

    • Bloost

      Iron man 3 sucked, to me, because of a horrible balance of comedy and seriousness. Nothing meshed well. And the twist, while a great idea in concept, was treated as a joke to be taken seriously. I did like the parts in the middle where Tony wasn’t in the suit and did things himself, but the climax was disappointing as well. And as much as I like Guy Pearce, he isn’t an effective villain. Pretty much stealing the villain from Batman Forever and Incredibles.

    • WockerDaw

      I find it hard to take opinions of those that thought iron man 3 was bad… I guess we’ll never be friends…

    • Person

      I wasn’t a fan of IM3 when I saw it opening night, then about a year later I was forced to re-watch it and I liked it a lot more. Once you except the Mandarin stuff and just go with it, it’s a solid movie and WAY better than IM2.

      I still need some convincing on Thor 2 though…

    • Warriorscribe

      I’m with you. Iron Man 3 was TRASH.

    • Stefan Bonomo

      I’m sorry I just don’t get how people can say that Iron Man 3 was so bad that no one should like it. I can understand if you don’t like it, but to call it a terrible film? I don’t think so.

  • Django3000

    Cant Wait Cant Wait Cant Wait Cant WAIT ! ! !

    I had tickets for the preview. Anyone not knowing they were walking into a 17 minute preview needs to realize they should read instructions before signing up for things.
    I mean really, every step I took in registering reminded me it was an extended preview promotion screening. NOT a screening.

    Hopefully those 100 % packed theatres represent folks who will turn out on opening weekend for a splendid evening of rollicking fun. =)

    Extended trailer= Ridonculous. Ronan the Accuser = Sooooo Badass. Extended Marvel Universe = everyone’s gonna wind up seeing this one way or another, so just prepare for opening weekend.

  • Batman

    Spoiler Alert: Look out for me at the 3hr 24 min mark.

  • Teri

    I so hope it isn’t true about Rocket Raccoon. I am so thoroughly sick of Bradley Cooper I really can’t take any more and if he dominates the film it might put me off enough to not see it. It is of course the brilliance of Marvel that if they link the film with the characters in The Avengers, then I will have to see it eventually and perhaps by then my distaste for Cooper will have moderated into indifference.

    • Patrick Campbell

      You won’t even know it’s Cooper. He has an accent, so it doesn’t really sound much like him. I’m sure you can get past it. If anything else, there’s a lot of other fantastic talent in the film, so no reason to let one person deter you from seeing it.

      • Teri

        Thanks for the advice. I will try to pretend it isn’t him and get back to being excited.

  • X-Men – Marvels #1 Team

    Big GOTG fan. My main worries about this movie are the Studio. They haven’t made a non-Avenger movie yet and with the way they force connection I have a horrible feeling that there’ll be forced Avengers stuff thrown-in.

    Guardians are a great team of space heroes, really hope they don’t have them on Earth or have them team-up with Avengers or something. This franchise should exist in the same universe but be almost completely seperate

    • I am Groot

      Yeah right. Sorry to let you down, but this movie is leading right into Avengers 3, where they all square off against Thanos.

      • X-Men – Marvels #1 Team

        Well that sucks. Avengers and Guardians don’t mix and they shouldn’t force that just for the benefit of avengers

      • Django9000

        I dunno bout that. The connection really seems to just be Thanos sending Ronan and Nebula out to gather gems.
        If anything, it’s really looking to me like this is a little operetto playing out in the far reaches of the Marvel U, with connective tissue that leads to Phase 3, but nothing more.

        Marvel Studios has proven that they simply view movie franchises like comics, that are independent but exist in the same universe. So expect Ronan & Nebula, maybe the Nova Corps in future films & a spoken reference to “those criminals”, but no direct team up.

        Just think how it played out in comics. A reference here, a crossover there, and then a unifying story that eliminates the big bad from a multi – tiered front.

        Whedon wouldn’t make a cheap nonsensical team up. Marvel wont. So relax & enjoy the ride! :)

      • X-Men – Marvels #1 Team

        Well that sucks. Avengers and Guardians don’t mix and they shouldn’t force that just for the benefit of avengers

      • X-Men – Marvels #1 Team

        Well that sucks. Avengers and Guardians don’t mix and they shouldn’t force that just for the benefit of avengers

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  • VampireHorde

    Yeah, it was obvious that there was a bunch of exposition missing during the scene, especially with Drax. He just pops in midway during the prison scene and starts helping them out and then starts getting uppity at Gamora! Plus, let’s not forget the prosthetic leg and why Rocket needed it, haha.

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  • Neo Racer

    Yep pretty much as I anticipated, comic book nerds gonna LOVE IT! The rest of the public left scratching their heads and this will affect the B.O. badly.

    • milo

      Keep piling it on, it’s just more reasons for us to laugh at you when it’s a hit.

      And “The rest of the public left scratching their heads”? I’m not sure what you mean, you think anyone else besides comic book nerds would go to the trouble of driving to a screening of 17 minutes of preview footage? And where did you get the reaction that people were scratching their heads, since you obviously didn’t attend the preview? Are there reactions like that from people who watched it online somewhere?

      Or did you just pull that all out of your ass? Yeah, thought so.

    • milo

      Keep piling it on, it’s just more reasons for us to laugh at you when it’s a hit.

      And “The rest of the public left scratching their heads”? I’m not sure what you mean, you think anyone else besides comic book nerds would go to the trouble of driving to a screening of 17 minutes of preview footage? And where did you get the reaction that people were scratching their heads, since you obviously didn’t attend the preview? Are there reactions like that from people who watched it online somewhere?

      Or did you just pull that all out of your ass? Yeah, thought so.

    • milo

      Keep piling it on, it’s just more reasons for us to laugh at you when it’s a hit.

      And “The rest of the public left scratching their heads”? I’m not sure what you mean, you think anyone else besides comic book nerds would go to the trouble of driving to a screening of 17 minutes of preview footage? And where did you get the reaction that people were scratching their heads, since you obviously didn’t attend the preview? Are there reactions like that from people who watched it online somewhere?

      Or did you just pull that all out of your ass? Yeah, thought so.

  • eternalozzie

    The comics were terrible back in the day …

    This movie still looks stupid in the previews and the 2 most interesting characters are CGI … I’ll see it but it looks bad … I hope I a wrong. Maybe the racoon will be enough to carry the bland actor-fest … It just looks like nerd porn. A certain percentage of comic book geeks will love it but normies will be like “what am I watching?”

    • milo

      “the 2 most interesting characters are CGI …”

      Which I’d argue isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering characters like Gollum, skeleton Barbossa, Davy Jones, and Caesar the ape. Probably some more recent ones as well that I’ve forgotten. In trailers, it’s not surprising that the wackiest characters would make the biggest impression.

    • milo

      “the 2 most interesting characters are CGI …”

      Which I’d argue isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering characters like Gollum, skeleton Barbossa, Davy Jones, and Caesar the ape. Probably some more recent ones as well that I’ve forgotten. In trailers, it’s not surprising that the wackiest characters would make the biggest impression.

    • milo

      “the 2 most interesting characters are CGI …”

      Which I’d argue isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering characters like Gollum, skeleton Barbossa, Davy Jones, and Caesar the ape. Probably some more recent ones as well that I’ve forgotten. In trailers, it’s not surprising that the wackiest characters would make the biggest impression.

    • Django9000

      Marvel Studios printed throwaway money with the Avengers (& security by being bought by Disney.)
      This movie doesn’t need to make 200 mil opening weekend to be a success.

      Even in modern day Hollywood economics, there are such things as sleeper hits & underground success stories.

      Consider this Marvel ‘ s Big Lil Indie film, & set your expectations accordingly. Then you can simply lay awake at night thinking about what a fun film it was, & how you want to see it again. :)

    • BigJimSlade

      The most interesting characters for me aren’t the CGI squirrel or tree. My votes go toward Pratt and Bautista.

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  • lex

    First in line when it comes out, no matter what they say about that movie, IM3/Thor 2… Nothing else can be worst than Transformers: extinction, period!

  • milo

    Interesting that it seems like a kid’s movie, based on the director and things like “a-holes” in the trailer (which I assume they’d upgrade to the real version in the movie itself) I was assuming it would go the other direction and push the PG-13 harder than some of the other Marvel flicks.

    Speaking of, in the 17 minute preview, is that line still “a-holes” or is it “assholes”? Just wondering, that always seemed like a trailer specific version of the line.

    • Django9000

      Marvel Comics & movies always succeeded on their ability to mainline to the minds of 13 to 18 yr olds, by speaking to them like they’re grown ups.

      I’m sure this flick will be no different. :)

      • Huh

        Relax! You enjoy them as much as we/they do. You can’t fool me…

      • Django9000

        You misunderstand me. This is WHY I and so many adults alike continue to enjoy them. Because they capture the wild developing imagination and encourage it’s furthest expanses. This is the key to their awesomeness, essentially- like Tolkien or other great memorable lore of any time- growing minds identify with them forever, like our favorite bands when we first got into music. :) that kind of loyalty lasts a lifetime.

    • Matt

      It was still “a-holes” however Chris Pratt flipping the bird at the camera didn’t have the “Obsene Gesture Imminent” box covering it (you could see the finger) and was longer than they showed in the preview

  • milo

    Interesting that it seems like a kid’s movie, based on the director and things like “a-holes” in the trailer (which I assume they’d upgrade to the real version in the movie itself) I was assuming it would go the other direction and push the PG-13 harder than some of the other Marvel flicks.

    Speaking of, in the 17 minute preview, is that line still “a-holes” or is it “assholes”? Just wondering, that always seemed like a trailer specific version of the line.

  • milo

    Interesting that it seems like a kid’s movie, based on the director and things like “a-holes” in the trailer (which I assume they’d upgrade to the real version in the movie itself) I was assuming it would go the other direction and push the PG-13 harder than some of the other Marvel flicks.

    Speaking of, in the 17 minute preview, is that line still “a-holes” or is it “assholes”? Just wondering, that always seemed like a trailer specific version of the line.

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