GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: What Did You Think?

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Though we’ve seen a fair amount of sequels from Marvel Studios over the past few years, the time has finally come to introduce a new comics property to the moviegoing public with Guardians of the Galaxy.  The film has been billed as a “risk” since Day One given the source material’s offbeat and relatively obscure nature, and then it became even more of a question mark when Marvel tapped Slither and Super director James Gunn to take the helm.  However, while the finished film is indeed probably weirder than any Marvel film thus far, it’s oddly one of the most personal.  Guardians is very much a space opera, but more than that, it’s really a dysfunctional family story about a group of broken, morally ambiguous loners coming together to fight off real evil.  Chris Pratt proves he’s got the goods to lead a tentpole all his own, and even though he says but three words, Groot nearly steals the whole movie.  The film does suffer from the Marvel sameness at points (which, by now, is par for the course), but on the whole, I though Guardians was a hell of a good time and would rank it towards the top of the Marvel oeuvre thus far.

You can read Matt’s full review right here, but now that Guardians of the Galaxy is in theaters, we want to hear your thoughts.  Did James Gunn deliver on his promise of a weird space opera? Who was your favorite Guardian?  What’d you think about that post-credits scene?  Sound off in the comments after the jump.

We’d like to see your thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy in the comments below, but first, flashback to the very first trailer for the film that introduced audiences to a very different kind of Marvel movie.

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  • JoCrak

    I loved this movie. The director did a great job. The after credit scene was all so great!

    • Nathaniel Haywood

      I have to disagree about the after credit scene. It’s fun if you’re a hard core child of the 80s, but it had no real impact and didn’t connect to the larger universe at all like the other marvel after credit scenes. I was born in the 80s and knew the cameo, but was left profoundly disapointed. Loved the movie, though.

      • Mezmero

        That was the point of the movie to expand you already know whats next their was no need for it to be more.

      • Nathaniel Haywood

        Respectfully, I completely disagree. We have NO IDEA what’s going to happen next with the Cosmic side of Marvel Cinematic Universe. We also don’t know if they will ever connect with the earthbound heroes. Those are the kinds of questions that the after credit sequences have always hinted at. If you look strictly at the films (as you should) and not press and articles that guess on possibilities, then the credit sequences provide some of connective tissue. If you don’t follow movie news day-to-day, the Winter Soldier extra sequence may he the only way you know that Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver are in Avengers 2. It’s not a huge deal – 30 seconds of credit sequence – and I’m not angry or anything. It just seemed like a completely missed opportunity. (For example, the Collector was holding an infinity stone – the Aether, which we only know because of a credit sequence at the end of Thor 2- so what happened to it since his place got destroyed? Does Thanos have it? Maybe that infinity stone explosion registered on Iron Man’s satellite equipment. Just two thoughts that would help more than a random character reference that you know we will never see again)

      • Grayden

        There was no link to the next Marvel film because that film is Avengers 2, which the GotG will have no part in, otherwise the stinger would have connected the two. Basic logic.

        The kind of stinger you wanted to see, would likely fit better at the end of A2, since it’s closing out Phase 2.

        If the question were asked of Kevin Feige, he’d probably give the same reason. And you’re thinking too hard about Marvel needs to do for YOU, when there’s an entire audience out there. Honestly, I found it hilarious. It’s a nod to the 80s, yes, but the real notion is that everything Earth has sent into space ends up somewhere.

      • Mezmero

        That was the point of the movie to expand you already know whats next their was no need for it to be more.

  • randommale7

    Really good but it didn’t blow me away. I felt the shifts in tone were a bit rough and that it was rushing to get through scenes; I think a longer cut would have been better for it. Still it’s really funny and heartfelt.

    • Doug_101

      Thank you. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Everything felt very compressed.

    • Xandar Sanitation Engineer

      Yup, disappointed by the ridiculously choppy editing and over saturation of music. Score > Song > Score > Song > Song. No space. Music blaring during fast paced plot dialogue. A little annoying. It was came off like it was trying too hard. I really wanted to love it but I couldn’t settle into the movie.

      The first half hour was the best for me. Great emotional intro, Xander fight and Prison break was really creative adventure/action writing. VFX, wardrobe and make-up effects all top notch. Benicio Tel Doro and John C Reilly were sorely underused.

      Technically impressive but felt like it was aimed at young kids. But yes it is heartfelt with good, important messages about family.

      • cruzzercruz

        I’d disagree that it was aimed at younger kids. It felt like something more sinisterly humorous than anything Marvel’s released to date. I’d actually say it’s the movie most geared toward adults despite having things for kids.

      • Josh King

        Yes, sadly I agree: trying to hard. Not that it’s not good. The movies just not great

      • Josh King

        Yes, sadly I agree: trying to hard. Not that it’s not good. The movies just not great

      • http://www.edwardmordrake.com ~EDWARD MORDRAKE~

        Preach!!! My thoughts and feelings exactly! I was all in the first half as well. Too much 70′s/80′s music use in scenes where that music did not even fit! AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH for the end!? Totally threw off the feeling & what’s that doing in a sci-fi movie!? Also, how in the hell does badass RONAN get distracted by STARLORD doing a dance!? Bad writing all the way! It was so stupid it didn’t make sense. I left the theater feeling half full. I left THE AVENGERS full and feeling as giddy as a schoolgirl! The same goes for THE WINTER SOLDIER. I am in love with both of those films.

    • Mezmero

      Why would it need to be longer?? You must have the shortest attention span along with the ones that agree with you.

      • randommale7

        Considering I have no trouble watching 4 hour movies, no I don’t have a short attention span…also that makes no sense since I wanted a longer movie out of GOTG. It needed time to breathe.

    • junierizzle

      Yeah, they could have let things breathe a bit and some exposition was just a quick line here and there but I love the fact that it’s a 2 hour movie. The pace is great and making it longer is something they wisely avoided in my opinion.

      • http://www.edwardmordrake.com ~EDWARD MORDRAKE~

        The pacing was fine for the 1st half of the movie. After that, the film lost its way.

  • zac

    Very Good! not great…but defs watching it again on dvd/vod/bluray/netflix/illegal download/legal download and porn version though not sure what they would call it

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Guardians of the Phallaxy

      • The Pop Pessimist

        ^Give that man a cookie!

  • Chachi

    It was awesome. I loved the fact that it pretty much could stand on it’s own in the Marvel Universe but could eventually cross paths with the other characters/teams in the future. Awesome to see a full on space movie. And holy shit was it funny. Going to see it again in theaters for sure.

  • Jhan

    Loved it. It was funny, exciting, heartfelt and beautiful to watch. Really good Marvel episode.

  • ZJason

    Despite some over acting and undeveloped side characters, it was easily the funniest of the Marvel movies and something I want to see more of, despite the terrifying after-credits scene… It was an interesting installment into the Avenger’s canon, and it was good bridge to explain the Infinity Stones and Thanos, without giving away too much.

  • Doug_101

    Matt’s B+ is right on. I LOVED the Guardians themselves, but the movie around them was just pretty good. It felt like a typical Marvel franchise launch film. The villains were kind of weak, but the film is a ton of fun. Rocket and Groot are a great dynamic duo. I can’t wait to see a sequel, which is pretty much how I felt after Captain America 1.

  • Boogaoo

    Feeling the same as most people here, really enjoyed it and loved the Guardians but felt like the story around them was a bit rushed. Easily the most fun I’ve had in the theaters this summer.

    My only real gripe came with the end credit scene as not only was it mostly pointless but it missed its comedic mark “aesthetically” speaking.

    • Kaine Morrison

      HtD was amazing! I laughed so hard at that scene!

      • http://www.edwardmordrake.com ~EDWARD MORDRAKE~

        Your taste in humor is poor then…all opinions considered. The majority rules on the end credits scene issue. It sucked so bad. I left the theater feeling sour after watching that BS.

      • Kaine Morrison

        At least I have a sense of humour!

      • http://www.edwardmordrake.com ~EDWARD MORDRAKE~

        You obviously don’t if you liked that scene with HOWARD. The old movies are funny but not that scene. Someone smart would not have used him for a scene that people are anticipating when the new generation doesn’t even know who he is. Sorry JAMES GUNN…Fail!

      • Kaine Morrison

        I’ve always been a Howard the Duck fan. The old Comics and the old 80′s movie.

  • Nathaniel Haywood

    I will have to see it again to say for sure, but I thought it was an excellent addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Second only to The Winter Soldier, The Avengers, and Iron Man 1. The creation of the dysfunctional family was the heart of the movie, and I thought the characters played very well off of each other. Chris Pratt was excellent as Peter Quill, and the Rocket/Groot duo made the movie. People have been down on Drax, but I thought it worked well. Drax is very single-minded in the comics, so I didn’t expect a ton of in-depth character development. Some people also say the humor surrounding him didn’t always land, but he passed the full-theater laugh test with a 100% (at least, in the theater I was in, all his jokes landed). The villains were a little weak, but aside from Loki that has always been Marvel’s Achilles heel. I think Ronan was set up fairly well as a powerful zealot and is in the realm of the Winter Soldier (better than the villains in the Hulk, Incredible Hulk, Thor 2, Iron Man 2, and Iron Man 3 but not as good as Loki or Obadiah Stane). The pacing didn’t feel too compressed to me, but maybe it just felt smoother to me because I’m pretty familiar with all of the characters, locations, and dynamics from the comics. Either way, I’m seeing it again on Saturday and I’ll be able to be more definitive then.

    • Doug_101

      That’s the order I’ve got them too: Cap 2, Avengers, Iron Man, and now, Guardians. Definitely need to see it again too.

    • http://www.edwardmordrake.com ~EDWARD MORDRAKE~

      THE AVENGERS
      CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
      THE INCREDIBLE HULK
      CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
      IRON MAN
      GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
      THOR
      IRON MAN 2
      THOR 2
      IRON MAN 3

  • Alboone

    It’s got some problems, but they’re very minor. But when it hits, holy shit look out. This movie rocked. I am definitely going back a couple of more times.

  • Jeff

    I loved the trailer too. The movie I thought was fairly empty, without real heart, only mildly amusing instead of genuinely funny, with an overstuffed plot and underfed villain. I was disappointed. My 14 year old who really wanted to see it said it could have been better, she liked the characters, and hoped they would do better next time. Two-and-a half stars?

    • Mezmero

      You must have no hart what so ever LOL or we watched different movies.

    • Mezmero

      You must have no hart what so ever LOL or we watched different movies.

  • Jasper

    It was great. It reminded me why I fell in love with going to movies in the first place.

  • rnewbz

    I thought this movie was a hell of a lot of fun! Here’s my full review: http://newbyfadeto.blogspot.com/2014/08/guardians-of-galaxy-review.html

  • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

    That blacklight joke was so cliche but so perfectly placed/used that I’m still laughing at it.

    • cruzzercruz

      I’d say the fact that it came out of a Marvel film gave it more impact, not to mention it was more clever than just saying there’s semen everywhere.

      “If I had a black light in here, it’d look like a Jackson Pollock painting.” That’s pretty good.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Yeah, I think you’re right. Really wasn’t expecting a “my ship is covered in semen” joke from Marvel. And they set up the joke so innocently with Gamora using “filthy” in the same way a mother would about a teenage boy’s room.

  • Reina

    LOVEED it. Absolutely my favorite Marvel film so far. Loved the humor, quirkiness, SOUNDTRACK, background sets, FRIKIN GROOOT and ROCKET and the general absurdity and wierdness. Also Groot says 4 words. I only wish there had been some snarly dialogue during the Gamora/Nebula fight scene (and I wish it had been a longer fight scene)

  • DEC3664

    Loved it. Best movie this Summer. Reminded me of how I felt when I was a kid and saw Return of the Jedi. Can’t wait for the sequel(s). Hope there are many more.

  • Mattie Dubbs

    Easily most surprising/best movie of the summer, laughed whole way through!!

    Spoilers!

    Chris Pratt dance off at the end and his dancing in the beginning sequence…couldn’t stop laughing!

  • Giovanni Luis Jiminez

    Wow its only Friday afternoon ! Thought this would wait till at least after the weekend. Now i know most of the commenters on here will be biased midnight showing people so ill just wait till Monday, but most likely this post will be on page 3 by then so its a lost cause.

  • Solgazer

    Absolutely loved it. From the opening titles to the closing credits and that post credits gem. Fantastic, frequently hysterical, knowing without too many winks. Just really, really entertaining. Cannot wait to see it again.
    At our screening at the Roxy in Miramar, Wellington last night there was spontaneous applause at the end. See it now.
    Bring on the sequel. 2017 is suddenly an awfully long way away.

  • cruzzercruz

    Everything felt like it was flying by, but by the finale of the movie, I couldn’t believe it was only two hours. So much had happened and they had jumped to so many locations. After finishing the film and seeing it again, I feel like the pace is only jarring at first.

    And I, for one, liked how each pop song set the tone for the next scene. The mixtape was a great through line for the film.

  • Mezmero

    Besides the DC fanboys mad they can’t get a teaser for a movie they have nothing but hate for,I am confused as to what heart was missing? Can somebody tell me why they think this was a heartless film?

  • Mezmero

    Besides the DC fanboys mad they can’t get a teaser for a movie they have nothing but hate for,I am confused as to what heart was missing? Can somebody tell me why they think this was a heartless film?

  • Gustavo Gontijo

    A really entertaining movie! Built with no pretention at
    all and healthy doses of humor.

  • Josh King

    Maybe my expectations were a little high. It was definitely good, and I knew it was tongue in cheek style. But I was surprised that it came off SO self conscious and seemed like it was trying a little too hard for the laughs. Marvels really good at disguising exposition which is a true talent, but the bonding moments came off a little forced. These are minor qualms I only bring up bc Marvel has established such a stellar rep, almost like the the live action version of Pixar (pre-2011). Several scenes seemed a little pandering is what I’m saying. Overall though I liked it.

    Real good(descending order): avengers, iron man 3, cap 2

    Good: guardians, Thor, Thor 2, iron man

    Eh: cap 1

    Nah: iron man 2

    • MJ

      IM3 ?

      You are joking, surely???

      • Matt

        Oh god here we go again…

      • Grendal Sven

        See what I’m saying?

      • MJ

        I can’t help it regarding IM3 and ASM2. Those movies are an insult to all humankind. They are “the disco” of movies, with a metaphorical “disco ball” of meaningless eye candy…all show and no substance (the Bee Gee’s excepted, of course).

  • Josh King

    Maybe my expectations were a little high. It was definitely good, and I knew it was tongue in cheek style. But I was surprised that it came off SO self conscious and seemed like it was trying a little too hard for the laughs. Marvels really good at disguising exposition which is a true talent, but the bonding moments came off a little forced. These are minor qualms I only bring up bc Marvel has established such a stellar rep, almost like the the live action version of Pixar (pre-2011). Several scenes seemed a little pandering is what I’m saying. Overall though I liked it.

    Real good(descending order): avengers, iron man 3, cap 2

    Good: guardians, Thor, Thor 2, iron man

    Eh: cap 1

    Nah: iron man 2

  • JCubs79

    Absolutely loved it. My second favorite movie of the summer behind Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

  • JCubs79

    Absolutely loved it. My second favorite movie of the summer behind Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

  • vermin

    My only issue was that the Disney machine gave away a TON of footage before it opened. Far too much was revealed in trailers and TV spots. My fault for not going in cold I guess.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Eh, yes and no. I was surprised by how much in the trailers wasn’t actually in the movies. They actually shot, what seems to be, quite a bit of footage that was exclusively for the trailers that introduced the guardians. Other than that, all the trailers gave away were a few brief moments or scenes that really weren’t close to being the best moments of the film or even the best moments of the scenes.

    • http://www.edwardmordrake.com ~EDWARD MORDRAKE~

      It’s called promoting and marketing a product. You have the decision to make whether you want to view the material or not. These same decisions are not excluded in the case of drugs, alcohol, or sex.

  • vermin

    My only issue was that the Disney machine gave away a TON of footage before it opened. Far too much was revealed in trailers and TV spots. My fault for not going in cold I guess.

  • AManWithAKilt

    One of the best Marvel movies so far. Probably up there with Avengers. Really funny and gave me my space opera fix. The only problems I had was some clunky exposition and they could have spent a little more time on some of those nice little character scenes. Small complaints really.

    • http://www.edwardmordrake.com ~EDWARD MORDRAKE~

      Those aren’t small complaints. The film is great but not excellent. It has flaws and those flaws stand out. Overused & at times wrongly used music, RONAN’s terrible demise (distracted by a dance), pacing was off after the 1st half of the movie, & the end credits scene was terrible.

      • MJ

        Loved ALL of the music and loved the end credits scene.

        You need to apply a Corncob Removal Device to your ass.

      • Grendal Sven

        Do you actually have your own opinion on anything MJ? All I ever see you do is react negatively to other’s posts. Are you a sad little boy inside, crying for attention?

      • MJ

        ….this from the guy who recently responded to someone with this post:

        “Hope you get butt-raped by a Gorilla while someone films it, than posts it on one of the “censorship free” pages you want to champion so badly.”

        Yea, dude, let’s just say that if I do in fact need to be more positive in my posts (and maybe I do!), it certainly won’t be from talking notes from your behavior. You do not exactly exhibit “best practices” in this regard…LMFAO.

        But I will try to be more positive anyways…you have a point!

      • vpuik

        Who put the stick up your butt?

      • R0yBatty

        It’s Kevin Bacon, of course.

  • AManWithAKilt

    One of the best Marvel movies so far. Probably up there with Avengers. Really funny and gave me my space opera fix. The only problems I had was some clunky exposition and they could have spent a little more time on some of those nice little character scenes. Small complaints really.

  • appolox

    It was the most amazing film I have ever seen in a theater.

    • MJ

      It was great, for sure, but come on, dude.

      • appolox

        I’m serious. I had more fun then i had in a long time. There was nothing I didn’t like.

  • appolox

    It was the most amazing film I have ever seen in a theater.

  • One

    Visually stunning, filled with great characters and funny as hell, definitely one of the best movies to come out of the MCU yet. Still struggling to pick my favourite guardian; I’m caught between Quill, Drax and Groot as of right now. The stinger was the icing on the cake, although only a few people in the theater responded as positively as I did to it. Does anyone know who voiced Howard? Sounds a little like Cooper’s Rocket but I don’t think it’s him.

    • Grayden

      Seth Green.

  • One

    Visually stunning, filled with great characters and funny as hell, definitely one of the best movies to come out of the MCU yet. Still struggling to pick my favourite guardian; I’m caught between Quill, Drax and Groot as of right now. The stinger was the icing on the cake, although only a few people in the theater responded as positively as I did to it. Does anyone know who voiced Howard? Sounds a little like Cooper’s Rocket but I don’t think it’s him.

  • MJ

    One of the few movies in recent memory that lived up to the hype — loved it!

  • Stefan Bonomo

    SPOILERS just in case: sorry…

    HOWARD THE DUCK! HOWARD THE EFFING DUCK! THEY ACTUALLLY PUT HOWARD IN THIS FILM! OH MY GOD! THANK YOU JAMES GUNN! Ya know what that means? He better be in Avengers 3! Or GOTG 2.

    • http://www.edwardmordrake.com ~EDWARD MORDRAKE~

      You must be from that time to have enjoyed his cameo appearance. The scene was terrible. It wasn’t funny at all. No one laughed in my theater & people were saying the same thing as me & that’s that the scene should have been AVENGERS 2 footage or another GOTG scene besides that crap. HOWARD THE DUCK should be left alone where he is…in the past.

      • lord jim

        well i would LOVE to see a howard the duck movie that´s close to the comic, but even besides the probable r rating marvel studios wouldn´t have the balls for that.

      • Stefan Bonomo

        I will say that yes, it should’ve been something about Avengers 2 or 3, maybe Thanos reacting to Ronan’s death. But I still loved how out of place the Howard the Duck appearance was. Because I didn’t expect it. And in the age where everything is spoiled and everyone guesses everything, it was great to be truly surprised again. Considering this also came out on the HTD Anniversary helps. (Also almost everyone in my theatre laughed at his appearance, although probably not because they knew who he was, just because its a duck drinking a martini and that’s funny)

      • Guest

        How would anything from this movie tie in with, or affect, Avengers 2? If you’re having trouble searching for the answer, it’s because there isn’t one.

        I’m finding it difficult that so many people lack the logical comprehension when it comes to the post-credit scene in this film not showing anything related to a series of films it has hitherto unknown connections with thus far.

        If Marvel had wanted a tie-in, you would have gotten one. End of story.

      • D

        Agree

      • Al

        I agree with you

      • Grayden

        How would anything from this movie tie in with, or affect, Avengers 2? If you’re having trouble searching for the answer, it’s because there isn’t one.

        I’m finding it difficult that so many people lack the logical comprehension when it comes to the post-credit scene in this film not showing anything related to a series of films it has hitherto unknown connections with thus far.

        If Marvel wanted a tie-in, you would have gotten one. End of story.

      • http://www.edwardmordrake.com ~EDWARD MORDRAKE~

        Dude…are you on ACID!? The mid credits scene from THE AVENGERS is the introduction of THANOS. THANOS is apart of the whole MARVEL cosmic universe so would it be appropriate to use him for a mid credits scene. I know THE INFINITY WAR involving THE AVENGERS…blah blah blah! It still wasn’t appropriate to give fans a taste/tease of him so early when we won’t be seeing him until 2018! Including him in GOTG was a perfect move. It’s the 1st MARVEL film introducing the rest of the cosmic universe besides THOR. Therefore, there should have been an AVENGERS 2 preview to get people amped up for the release on MAY 1, 2015 or another GOTG scene that’s actually funny. COSMO, who doesn’t even talk, licks THE COLLECTOR’s face & HOWARD says, “why do you let him lick your face like that?”…”gross”. How is that funny!?

      • milo

        I loved that his collection included the old russian space dog, nice touch.

  • Stefan Bonomo

    SPOILERS just in case: sorry…

    HOWARD THE DUCK! HOWARD THE EFFING DUCK! THEY ACTUALLLY PUT HOWARD IN THIS FILM! OH MY GOD! THANK YOU JAMES GUNN! Ya know what that means? He better be in Avengers 3! Or GOTG 2.

  • Muhammad Alif B As’shaari

    Despite the usual Marvel tropes, this is the most fun I had in a theater watching a space and alien opera since the initial foray into the Avengers! :D

  • Grayden

    I wonder if Riley’s character “Corpsman Dey” was a nod/easter egg, or explicit planting of the ‘Nova’ character, whose initially a Xandarian named Rhomann Dey before passing his power into Richard Rider of Earth, into the MCU.

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