Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) — “No one talks to my friends like that.”

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Ooga chaka, ooga ooga ooga chaka, Rocket is the coolest racoon ever!

I didn’t really know what to expect from Marvel’s latest. I don’t read comics, so all I know about Marvel is from all the Avengers, whom I really and truly love.1

What those films really won me over with, was the humor. Guardians takes it to a whole new level, though — I’ve never heard the theatre laugh so loud, and so much. Halfway through the scene where all the Guardians meet, I leaned over and told my friend, “this is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.”2 I guess that this threw some3 people off, but I had so much fun with it that I don’t even mind. It was actually kind of cool, to have a film that is all kinds of epic but has unconventionally many laughs.

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Another great thing are the characters. Rocket is in a whole league of his own, but his relationship with Groot and the rest of the world is wonderful; Zoe Saldana lands one of the greatest female superhero roles there are, which I’m eternally thankful for, and Drax has unexpected depth to him. Star-Lord is a talking and walking cliché, but he’s a lot of fun and doesn’t cross any borders. His playlist is awesome, by the way!

Guardians hits and misses with two things for me — gets a bit too messy and hard to follow, which is easily solved by just accepting that there is a whole loud background noise going on; but harder to ignore is that at times, it becomes enormously cheesy and sappy, and it’s not fun to watch. Long, emotional speeches and stories of past? Get out. Not interested.4 It distracts, but in the end, the time spent laughing tops that, and that’s what I will remember from this film. And the characters.

Rocket wins, though.

1 I used to think Iron Man is really hot and the PTSD made him even more admirable. You want mature opinions, you come to this blog, right?
2 Alright, I was exaggerating, but only a bit. It’s the funniest thing I’ve seen ever since the Lemmons scene in The Wolf of Wall Street. I almost pissed my pants — had this scene come in half a coke cup later, I would’ve done it for real.
3 weak
4 But damn, how sweet was “We are Groot”? Almost made it worth the sap.

18 responses to “Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) — “No one talks to my friends like that.”

  1. Great review 🙂 I thought the film balanced the heart and laughs pretty well to be honest – can’t wait for the sequel!

  2. Good review. I have to disagree with the dramatic parts. I thought they were well handled and made the characters more real.

  3. Good review. It’s a fun movie that had me happy in Marvel all over again.

  4. Lovely write-up Elina! 🙂 Really looking forward to seeing this one. I’m really aware of the fact that I know nothing about these graphic novels though so I think there’ll be a lot of background noise when I watch it too!

    • Glad you enjoyed, Anna! I think this one needs a rewatch to understand it better, and I have no objections, because this film is so much fun. 😉

  5. Hi Elina! Love your enthusiasm 😉 I enjoyed this quite a bit, nice to be pleasantly surprised! It’s not flawless by any means tho and I don’t know if it’ll stick in the mind as other movies do from the past few months. I do agree Rocket actually rocks, ahah.

  6. I really liked the movie, but I wouldn’t join the ranks of those giving it 9 or 10. I thought it was very funny and looked great. I didn’t mind all the sappy stuff, because to me those comic book movies are like…well not a movie per se. A weird and fun combo of comic book and film. So I don’t ever expect more than just being entertained.

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  8. Great review! I really enjoyed this one too, despite not reading the comics. I think Drax was my favorite, and that’s shocking to me because Batista has zero charisma in the wrestling ring.

  9. Lovely post! GOTG was so much fun, and despite not having much of a plot, I really enjoyed it! How awesome is the soundtrack too? The odd characters blended perfectly together and I really loved seeing them together.

  10. Sorry for the late comment. I forgot to do the review and I have bookmark folder with all the reviews in.

    Anyway great review. I Loved the film. Great music and very funny 😀

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