GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Review

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Leading up to Guardians of the Galaxy, there’s been a persistent question among pundits, analysts, and even Marvel fans about whether or not the studio’s new film is “too weird”.  Somehow, we’ve come to expect a guy who can invent anything, an alien Norseman with a magic hammer, and a guy who was put into suspended animation instead of dying of hypothermia are all credible protagonists worthy of their own movies.  But once you go into outer space and feature a talking raccoon, all bets are off. Writer-director James Gunn has no problem convincing us of his space oddities as he taps into universally beloved qualities like humor, warmth, and a sense of adventure.  Although he’s still a little trapped by some familiar plot points and a few underdeveloped main characters, these are minor qualms in a movie that’s a total blast.

25 years after aliens abducted him in 1988, Earthling Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) has made his way in the cosmos as the self-dubbed outlaw “Star-Lord”.  His latest score is a mysterious orb, but once he acquires it he’s put in the crosshairs of the assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), who is working for the Kree religious fanatic Ronan (Lee Pace).  Ronan wants to wipe out the Xandarians, and will get help from Gamora’s father Thanos (Josh Brolin) in exchange for the orb.  Away from intergalactic intrigue, Quill is also being bounty hunted by Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), an angry, talking raccoon, and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), a walking tree who can only say, “I am Groot.”  But when Quill, Gamora, Rocket, and Groot cross paths, they end up getting thrown in jail, and must escape with the help of the literal-minded Drax (Dave Bautista), who wants to avenge his family’s death by killing Ronan.  Although they each have an agenda, they discover a larger purpose when the orb’s true power is revealed.

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It’s a bit plot-heavy, and yet the movie never feels dense or sluggish.  It may be a little slow at first, but the further the plot goes along, the more the world opens up, the better the characters gel together, and the pacing begins to click.  Even when the movie isn’t firing on all cylinders, you can always sit back and admire the rich, interesting landscape and designs.  Guardians is one of those great movies where you want to pause and see what’s behind every corner.  Everywhere we go is distinct, vibrant, and striking (so yes, the movie is worth seeing in 3D).

If anyone thinks Guardians is weird, it’s perhaps because we’ve become too straight-laced.  Watching the film, I started to lament how Earthbound our blockbusters have become.  Even when those blockbusters go into outer space, they must return to Earth.  “You’ve had your fun outside,” these movies say, “but now it’s time to come in for supper.”  Guardians of the Galaxy refuses to come indoors, and instead decides to play flashlight tag all night.  There’s a liberating feel to Guardians to where we’re left asking not, “Why?” but “Why not?”

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And Gunn can ask “Why not?” all he wants because he can always fall back on the laughs and pathos derived from his misfit main characters.  Pratt isn’t just leading man material because he lost weight and put on muscle.  His performance as Quill shows he has the skill to switch from buffoon to rogue to leader without ever missing a beat.  He’s an outlaw without cynicism and a romantic without naivety.  He earns his character’s charm instead of coasting on the unique premise of an 80s kid who grew up among aliens.

With the exception of Gamora, the Guardians will have you arguing over who’s the best.  Everyone gets great laughs (to her credit, Gamora gets one of the film’s best lines) and in their own way.  Rocket is the acerbic prankster; Drax doesn’t understand wordplay; and Groot has a gentle strangeness.  But rather than just serving as ways to load up the movie with different kinds of humor, there’s a compelling, sympathetic core at the heart of each character.  Rocket was experimented upon; Drax’s family was killed; and Groot is almost like a puppy dog.

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Gamora, on the other hand, is underserved because the movie doesn’t find anything unique for her character.  Quill is ostensibly the lead, so he even though we’ve seen his roguish character before, Pratt has more time to provide shading.  By comparison, Gamora is the hot, tough chick who also gets to be the love interest even though she and Quill only have one scene where they really start to connect.  At best, Gamora is the movie’s moral compass as she tries to stress why it’s good to stop the bad guy.

It’s easy to share her point of view when the bad guy is one-dimensional.  Ronan is a religious zealot bent on destroying the Xandarians, and he’s also a stopgap for the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Thanos has to be saved for (presumably) Avengers 3.  Ronan also receives assistance from his even less-interesting henchman Korath (Djimon Hounsou) and Thanos’ other daughter, Nebula (Karen Gillan).  Nebula is the only halfway-decent villain in the piece because we can see a character driven by being in her sister’s shadow and craving her father’s approval.  Naturally, she’s shuttled off to the side for most of the film, and taken off the shelf so she can participate in some of the set pieces.

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But these shortcomings (which also includes the film recycling plot points from other Marvel movies, but I won’t reveal those points here so as to avoid spoilers) never really bothered me too much because I felt like I was getting a space adventure on the level of Star Wars.  That’s not to say that Guardians of the Galaxy is as good as 1977’s Star Wars (although it’s better than most of the Star Wars movies), but rather that it took me on an adventure that felt fresh and original while still hanging onto a classic vibe that extends beyond the tunes on Quill’s “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” cassette tape.

I don’t want to diminish Guardians of the Galaxy and say that it doesn’t take chances.  These days, every blockbuster that isn’t tied to well-known source material is considered a risk, and all Guardians really has is the “Marvel” brand, which is funny because the movie is barely tied to any of the previous Marvel films.  If you skipped the stingers from The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World and ignored a couple of shots in the background of Guardians, you would have a movie that entirely stood apart from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe*.

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If we consider Guardians of the Galaxy risky, then the fault lies with us because we’ve labeled gleeful imagination as a risk.  James Gunn has taken his twisted sensibilities and expertly put them to use in movie that wears a big smirk, but never a mean grin.  If this movie is “weird” (or at least weirder than all of the other supernatural stuff we accept), then I hope all blockbusters are willing to be weird enough to be as outlandish, brash, funny, and likable as Guardians of the Galaxy.  The universe would be better for it.

Rating: B+

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*Note: There’s a post-credits stinger, but it wasn’t attached to the print I saw at my press screening, so I don’t know how the stinger relates to past or future Marvel movies.




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  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Nice review Matt. Really excited for this movie and the consensus on RT is amazing at 90%. It’s great that this really is a different type of film than what we’ve come to expect in a time of superheroes, giant fighting robots and disney musicals. Will be seeing this in 3D this weekend.

    • Star-Lord…WHO!?

      Indeed. This has been a fantastic year for superhero movies (total opposite from last year’s disappointments) with all Marvel movies hitting the right notes, for me at least. I even liked TASM 2 better than the first, mostly because it wasn’t a total retread again. Can’t wait to see this tonight!

      • MJ

        ASM 2 just plain sucked, dude.

      • The_Smirking_Revenge

        ^^This…

  • Person

    Won’t get to see this until tomorrow but really looking forward to it. Any movie that has Bradley Cooper as a talking raccoon with a big machine gun HAS to be a good movie haha

    • Person

      Very good movie. Plot got kinda rushed in the second half but the characters are of some of the best that Marvel has put out yet, VFX are unbelievable, and Rocket/Groot steal the show. Really looking forward to the sequel.

  • matt droles

    I bet Matt thinks Groot is an anti-semite

    • appolox

      What?

  • Chachi

    Going tonight in IMAX! Can’t wait. Good review, Matt.

  • belovedwarlord

    Man Ronan was a great villain, great presence, great character, formidable foe and a good look as well.

  • http://www.beatific-design.com Beatific

    I thought it was really good. It felt like a Marvel/Star Wars movie. Funny too.

  • Jack Dennis

    it sounds like from the review you should have given it an A- but whatever b+ works

    • brNdon

      A B+ is Matt’s way of trying to stay cool and aloof.

      • Jack Dennis

        ya i’ve noticed that about him.kind of douchey

      • Strong Enough

        you people are ridiculous. smh

      • Jack Dennis

        you sir are ridonkulous….top that!

      • Popo

        I think a “B+” is Matt’s way of saying “this is a Marvel movie.”

        Maybe Matt has an understanding that cinema can be more than whizz-bangs, tight leather and repetitive story beats (no matter how entertaining those things can be in small doses.)

        “Douchey”? I think what’s douchey is assuming you understand his opinion better than he does – or, worse yet, not respecting that he has the right to that opinion.

      • brNdon

        Matt, is that you? The point is that a B+ doenst really reflect what he had to say about the film.

      • Popo

        “Although he’s still a little trapped by some familiar plot points and a few underdeveloped main characters, these are minor qualms in a movie that’s a total blast.”

        Minor qualms they may be, but qualms the same – and “a total blast” it may be, but that doesn’t make it worthy of an almost perfect score; this ain’t a new genre-defining film, this is still a piece of popcorn entertainment (just a very entertaining one, or so goes the consensus.)

        The point is that a “B+” DOES reflect what he had to say about the film, it must do because he said it and he gave it that grade. You get me?

      • Jack Dennis

        not just this review but most of his articles.you just contradicted yourself by saying you think you know his way of saying things .by the way, that doesn’t make sense.a marvel movie can’t get an A because it”a marvel movie”?your kind of douche for saying you know what cinema should or shouldn’t be.and what brNdon said!

      • Popo

        Why should a studio who release films that are a little paint-by-numbers, based on a blueprint the studio is working out in order to MAKE MONEY be rewarded with 5-star/10-star/A+ reviews across the board? Anyone with experience or knowledge of the Marvel Studios movies shouldn’t have trouble accepting that the films are becoming a little rote and familiar, with occasional blips such as GOTG, Ant-Man, and possibly Avengers 2 which attempt to buck the trends.

        These films are not creating enriching conversations about topics beyond themselves, they do not criticise or hold a lens to world/national politics beyond light conceits, they don’t have a philosophical point-of-view to be extrapolated and thought over by audiences and critics alike for days/months/years to come; they are entertainment. Popcorn entertainment isn’t a bad thing, but it isn’t all that cinema is and can be…

        And in response to your criticisms, I didn’t contradict anything I said as I didn’t acknowledge, or even attempt, to say that “I know what Matt Goldberg thinks” – I said MAYBE he thinks in a certain way, I don’t know for sure; and was offering another idea as to why this film got a “B+” that you might learn to respect, or at least attempt to understand.

        And neither did I say anything about what cinema “should and shouldn’t be” only that there is MORE that cinema can be than light-entertainment. So get off your high-horse and re-read what people say before you make harsh and unwarranted comments about the nature of their posts. It’s unfair, uncommunicative, comes across as vindictive, shallow and plain; and offers no tangible evidence to the contrary.

        If there is something about my opinion you don’t like, it would be best to offer a counter-opinion in an open, measured and intelligent manner – this is meant to be an open forum for discussion, not a soapbox for diatribe against personal opinion. Peace.

      • Jack Dennis

        i must have really pissed you off to go on such a tangent.don’t really care to read the whole thing but if you look you did not say MAYBE.you obviously don’t get what summer popcorn movies are .im not going to explain it to you.this whole thing you said just screams drama queen.have a good one!

      • Popo

        “Maybe Matt has an understanding that cinema can be more than
        whizz-bangs, tight leather and repetitive story beats (no matter how
        entertaining those things can be in small doses.)”

        What part of that doesn’t have the word ‘maybe’ at the beginning you snot-nosed douche. You obviously don’t get what a discussion is, I’m not going to explain (I already have.)

      • Jack Dennis

        you like to copy and paste way too much,don’t you?so if marvel movies are beyond you why did you bother reading the review?sound like you got a finger up your cuch over nothing.

      • Popo

        Cool, man – obviously you don’t bother reading other people’s opinions.

        “Popcorn entertainment ain’t a bad thing” – but it’s overzealous ‘protectors’ sure are. I never held Marvel movies “beyond me” – not like how you hold your opinion “high above” other peoples.

        (And I do like to copy and paste; it shows that I know what particular point I’m talking about, or what reference I’m making, to enable a discussion to flow if read correctly by people/morons online.)

      • Jack Dennis

        you’re just taking this way too seriously.keep talking to yourself if you like.(which you probably do as you type)

      • Popo

        It would be nice if you could comment back with something resembling a counter-point instead of your lame-brained keyboard bashing, but obviously that is above you; much like using a fucking spacebar appears to be too.

        Keep pretending like you have the ability to voice a coherent opinion on a topic and insulting people you have no clue about, you ignorant beast. Must be a great outlet pretending to be some sort of supreme commentator (who fails at justifying or backing up his own opinion at every given opportunity and resorts to petty name-calling and throwing insults without even a hint of acknowledgement of what came before in the conversation) after working as a fucking busboy in a seafood restaurant all day and night. Peace.

      • Jack Dennis

        ooooo harsh bro.you ever heard of a day job you ignorant prick?not everyone has there momy and daddy to lean on you peace of shit.you probably just sit in your pj’s all day jerking off to your own comments and searching people on the internet.grow up loser.stop hiding behind your guest name cuz you’re too scared of people finding out the pathetic person you really are behind the computer screen.you think i would actually have a discourse with an idiot like you.not wasting anymore time with you, but please keep replying if you feel the need to have last word asshole.

      • Popo

        “you think i would actually have a discourse” – i don’t think you even understand the nature of discourse considering every reply you’ve made has been to undermine me personally instead of backing up your own opinions; complaining about “going off on tangents” when someone points out how incorrect and foolish you are, or condemning them for “taking something seriously” as a fallback for not having anything of your own to say.

        you fucking grow up and learn the nature of conversation – you started slinging mud in an effort to push the apparent pressure of an online discussion away from yourself. it appears it’s much easier for you to ignore your original opinion than it is to attempt to back it up, as you have made no effort in any of your replies to answer my criticisms or add to any previous statements you had made.

        and being a busboy isn’t your “day job”, is it? unless you also have a “night job” – i work two jobs, sometimes double-shifts on my actual day job, in order to pay my own way through life. so now who’s an ignorant prick talking about shit they have literally zero idea about?

        it also:
        a) wasn’t difficult to find you online because you use your own name.
        b) isn’t “fear of being found out” that I choose to not use an account – it’s understanding that most fucktards like yourself are heartless, cruel wankers who can’t defend their opinions so resort to personal attacks (which fail miserably if you don’t actually KNOW A SINGLE THING ABOUT SOMEONE YOU MORON, so carry on as it means nothing to me)
        c) you don’t know the first thing about discourse (as explained above.)
        d) i apologise if you read at the rate of someone with either a severe head-trauma, or long-term Alzheimer’s, and thus I have “wasted your time” because you read so slow (also ironic because of the amount of comments you’ve posted on several pages and how YOU keep coming back to this particular conversation.)
        e) USE YOUR FUCKING SPACEBAR. LEARN SOME FUCKING GRAMMAR. AND PLEASE HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY BEFORE TYPING.
        f) as above, regarding correct typing etiquette, it’s “piece of shit,” not “peace of shit” as you wrote, you piece of shit.

        I sincerely hope that busboy ‘career’ of yours works out…
        Peace (of shit.)

      • Popo

        I also hope you reply with “TL;DR” because it would only prove what a fucking lazy, moronic, self-delusional and self-obsessed twat-cunt you appear to be via your online presence.

      • Jack Dennis

        really don’t care what you think dude .no sweat off my back.enjoy the pathetic waste that is your life.good bye

      • Popo

        I imagine you “really don’t care what [I] think” because you really don’t know how to express what you think – shame that you find it impossible to write anything longer than a couple of lines that resemble a coherent and thought-out follow-through to what has come before… Enjoy that totally admirable life of yours, bussyboy.

      • Popo

        Cool, man – obviously you don’t bother reading other people’s opinions.

        “Popcorn entertainment ain’t a bad thing” – but it’s overzealous ‘protectors’ sure are. I never held Marvel movies “beyond me” – not like how you hold your opinion “high above” other peoples.

        (And I do like to copy and paste; it shows that I know what particular point I’m talking about, or what reference I’m making, to enable a discussion to flow if read correctly by people/morons online.)

      • Jack Dennis

        you like to copy and paste way too much,don’t you?so if marvel movies are beyond you why did you bother reading the review?sound like you got a finger up your cuch over nothing.

      • Popo

        “Maybe Matt has an understanding that cinema can be more than
        whizz-bangs, tight leather and repetitive story beats (no matter how
        entertaining those things can be in small doses.)”

        What part of that doesn’t have the word ‘maybe’ at the beginning you snot-nosed douche. You obviously don’t get what a discussion is, I’m not going to explain (I already have.)

      • Jack Dennis

        i must have really pissed you off to go on such a tangent.don’t really care to read the whole thing but if you look you did not say MAYBE.you obviously don’t get what summer popcorn movies are .im not going to explain it to you.this whole thing you said just screams drama queen.have a good one!

  • GunzOfNavarone

    I loved this film, it was brilliant. Right up there with Captain America The Winter Soldier.

  • Reina

    Zoe Zaldana is always typecast as the hot tough chick in all her big franchises. Avatar, Star Trek and now GofG

    • YodaRocks

      I find Zoe Zaldana boring. She either does not have range as an actress or is unlucky enough to get one dimensional characters to play.

  • Lewida Funji

    Funniest. Marvel movie. Ever.

  • TurnerTC

    I was disappointed, unfortunately. In fact, I was rather bored as the movie went along. Amusing character, some good banter moments and the actors all do fine. But GOG makes a mistake that many action movies make: the writer puts all their blood, sweat and tears into the heroes, and forget about creating a great villain with a compelling plan (Darth Vader in “Star Wars,” Nero in “Star Trek,” Loki in “The Avengers”). Ronan looked great, but sadly underwritten and I could have cared less about him destroying the planet. It’s a matinee movie. Here’s hoping the sequel is better (and one other gripe: Marvel cranks out another generic soundtrack. The 80s tunes were humorous, though, and well placed).

    • bidi

      agree with you about Ronan. i thought the same thing. he reminded me A LOT of Nero from Star Trek. to date, Marvel has made only one truly great villain, and that is Loki. i get it, we’re there for the heroes, but the hero is only as good as his villain. now, i’ll give Lee Pace credit because he was deliciously evil, but the character itself was just boring. it wasn’t so bad in this one though because the banter between the heroes made up for the one-dimensional villain. i understood that we needed to focus on this group of misfits, and that’s why i gave the filmmakers the benefit of the doubt. but i think that’s what also kept this movie from being truly great for me. instead, it was just really good.

      also, when Benicio del Toro was announced i assumed he would have a larger role. he was literally in two scenes. but i’m sure he’ll be back for more later.

      last thing. i wasn’t really a fan of Brolin as Thanos. his voice just didn’t fit the character for me. Vin Diesel would have been way better. or even someone like Benedict Cumberbatch or Christopher Lee

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

        I honestly think Brolin’s suitability could be fixed with better sound mixing. The problem was there wasn’t much depth to his voice, it didn’t have that booming overwhelming nature, the way James Earl Jones did for Darth Vader for example. And since his presence is so large, to have the voice for Thanos be somewhat subdued it just felt too small for the character. They could easily fix that in future films by adding some echo or just deepening the bass.

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        Hugo Weaving was great as Red Skull.

      • bidi

        yeah he did a good job, but he was still just a guy hell-bent on world domination because… that’s what guys like him do. i think these movies would be greatly improved if more time was spent on the villain. i’m looking forward to Ultron though. it sounds like he’s shaping up to be pretty bad ass

      • brNdon

        Too bad he won’t be returning.

      • Jack Dennis

        red skull can easily be replaced.its a shame though cuz hugo gave a great performance.he needs to quit talking shit or no one will want to work with him

      • Donk

        “he needs to quit talking shit or no one will want to work with him” – he’s a highly respected actor in his native country and worldwide, who has the right to be vocal about the work he does and the people he works for. the fact is he’s in a lot of films you’ve probably never heard of, and perhaps never will, because they are smaller independent stuff – doesn’t make those any less interesting (and some of them are probably much MORE interesting) than the big-budget work he does, just less commercially viable.

        i point you toward ‘Last Ride’ in particular – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1235142/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_22 – cracking Aussie movie with a complex and stunning performance from Hugo Weaving that went about going unnoticed throughout most of the world, like most films do.

      • Jack Dennis

        you read waaaayyy too much into what i said .im aware of a lot of his smaller movies .im saying he should know what he’s getting into when he takes a job and the money.his choice, but studios do not appreciate there actors talking smack after they were paid handsomely.the more respectable thing to do was not say anything.

      • Donk

        I think it’s a much more valiant and respectable thing to be honest about his experiences in and out of the studio system, rather than reading ass-kissing testimony that offers no real insight into the reality of making motion pictures.

      • Jack Dennis

        .valid point . i kind of got mixed up from what he said about marvel and his role in the transformers movies. i just read it again and he was actually just being truthful to his taste.my bad

      • Jack Dennis

        you read waaaayyy too much into what i said .im aware of a lot of his smaller movies .im saying he should know what he’s getting into when he takes a job and the money.his choice, but studios do not appreciate there actors talking smack after they were paid handsomely.the more respectable thing to do was not say anything.

      • dudu

        And Winter Soldier was great.

      • TurnerTC

        I like Roger Ebert’s rule regarding James Bond: the movies are only as good as the villain he faces.

    • Peace

      Puppet Loki in The Avengers is a good villain? I think that’s one of the most commonly talked about problems that movie has.

      And Nero in Star Trek? Once again, one of the most commonly noted problems that movie has.

      Problem with all three of these movies (Avengers, Star Trek, and now Guardians) is that in spending so much time introducing a new cadre of heroes they never have time to have a truly captivating villain. Nero only works because he is tied to the past-Star Trek series and operates on updating things from a climate of nostalgia to a new lens-flare-excessive era of Kirk and co. and therefore acts as a type of cipher (in the same way Nimoy’s Spock appearance does) in showing what has come before, to define the differences in this new take on the same formula.

      And Loki similarly uses his own character development from a previous film (Thor) to carry on telling the same story about a son and brother who feels betrayed by the lies of his father… Only in this case it exists only because they didn’t want to spend the time introducing another villain and spend too much time with them detracting from time with The Avengers themselves. And in fact, in the end they shrug it off with a cheap “mind-control” ploy which undermines any personal vendetta Loki had, or in this case didn’t even have, throughout the events of The Avengers.

      That’s my two cents, anyways.

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

        They may also have used Loki as the villain for Avengers as a nod to the first ever issue of Avengers wherein they band up to fight Loki. He was the original Avengers villain.

  • hans williams

    If you want to be as good or close to star wars your going to need a score as good as what john Williams did….as pace opera this is a fail for this reason alone.

  • ʝoe βloggs

    We’ve come a long way from:
    “No one will watch a movie with a talking raccoon…it’s ridiculous!”

    1. to a 90% RT rating.
    2. B+ from Matt Goldberg
    3. presumably big BO $$$

    Keep it coming Marvel!

    I am watching this tonight! :)

  • Alboone

    This movie was so good it’s bound to gain a rabid cult following. Could be Marvels best. Time will tell.

    • DEADP00L

      Guardians of the Galaxy cult – I like it.

  • Kaine Morrison

    Greatest After Credits Scene EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrisstarscream Chris Starscream

    Loved the humor. Was very curious to how that would work, but very satisfied. Had quite a few great laughs. Visually great. James gunn did a great job with this. Not saying there weren’t things I was disappointed with(drax could have been portrays better, would have enjoyed more plot to Ronan[Lee pace did great, should have shined more]) but I was firmly satisfied. Howard the duck was quite random(no knocking it though)

  • DEADP00L

    I lost it when the end credits happened. I literally lost it. I have never in my whole life wanted the power of replay in my hands until that moment. I just lost it.

    The most EPIC after credits scene thus far.

    • HerbalHobgoblin

      Gunn has got the biggest set of balls to even put that on the table….to pull it off..with a how do ya like me know smirk…

      • DEADP00L

        I know! My mind just totally blew away at that moment.

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

        Yeah, I don’t even care if they ever touch it again, just the fact that they threw that in so randomly but in a context that made perfect sense – it was awesome.

    • Pk

      Whoa what happens in that end credits scene?

      • DEADP00L

        SHHHH nobody say anything – YOU go watch the movie!

      • dudu

        it was pretty good, but these guys are overhyping it a little bit.

      • DEADP00L

        No we aren’t we’re just HAPPY!

      • dudu

        it was pretty good, but these guys are overhyping it a little bit.

  • DEADP00L

    Seriously, after watching this movie I have no intention of watching Batman Vs Superman. I see which formula is better and Marvels approach is perfect. I can safely say I loath dark superhero movies now. The worlds depressing enough as it is. THIS movie has come at the perfect moment. It was a totally uplifting, funny and just all around good time – and I got to be a kid again. The complete opposite to Batman VS Superman.

    I cannot wait for Avengers now. Goddamnit I am so glad Marvel exists.

  • http://www.abstractdawn.co.uk/ Nick Gadman

    I didn’t fancy it from the trailers and hype, and thought the jokes and humour looked dumb.
    But once you warms to it and see it all in context, it has one of the sharpest scripts and cracking dialogue.

    The visual effects are quite outstanding and the characters are just fantastic, The Avengers is just blown right out of the water and seems dull in comparison.

  • Dan

    GOTG is the most fun I’ve had at the theatre in a long time. It was a Last Crusade level of fun.

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  • MJ

    Gamora was outstanding. What the hell???

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  • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

    Saw it yesterday, really loved it. It’s on par with Avengers for me, putting it tied for #3 in my personal ranking of the MCU (#1 Is CapAm:TWinS, #2 is IM3).

    Working against it is mainly that it moves so quickly that it doesn’t seem to have time for anyone except the heroes. i thought Gamora was served pretty well, actually, and some of that background extended to Nebula, but other that that I felt we got little more than a Glenn Close-cameo, a Josh Brolin-cameo, a Benicio del Toro-cameo… you see where I’m going with this.

    But all that is a consequence of the film being light on its feet and breezy, and it’s easily the funniest Marvel film to date. The mid-credits scene (or early-credits or whatever) just made me happy all over, it was just joyful and fun and funny and cute, an amazing note to go out on… sort of, the second stinger was also pretty funny.

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    Yeah…I liked this sooooo much better when it was called FARSCAPE..!

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