Guardians of the Galaxy

Peter Quill, sometimes called Star Lord, discovers an orb in an ancient temple a la Indiana Jones and proceeds to tumble head first into a galactic chase sequence in which the chaser and the chased switch places a couple of times. He picks up some new allies in the form of a “daughter” of Thanos called Gamora, a genius talking raccoon called Rocket, a tree-type creature called Groot, and the a hulking thesaurus (but don’t call him a thesaurus) called Drax the Destroyer. He also picks up new enemies in the form of Yondu, whose trust he betrayed when he absconded with the orb, and the genocidal maniac Ronan the Accuser.

The short version: Not bad, it’s entertaining enough. I prefer Avengers, though. I’d rate it about 3 out of 5?

The longer version: … I can’t muster up enough energy to string everything together in long paragraphs, so I’ll just ramble on in point form as things come to mind. (And besides, so many other reviewers out there – proper critics too – have written nice essay-style reviews so you can go read those :D )

  • Quill (Chris Pratt) is a mixture of Han Solo and Indiana Jones with some Captain Kirk thrown in. He’s a streetwise space pirate with a glib tongue, quick mind, and a thing for the ladies. He’s amusing enough, but I can’t find myself liking him very much.
  • Hmm, actually, maybe Rocket the Raccoon is more Han Solo-like than Peter Quill. Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) talks fast and thinks pretty fast too. Although Quill is the leader, Rocket seems to have more brains. He definitely has a knack for fixing stuff and a fondness for ballistics…
  • Zoe Saldana plays Gamora and she does quite well in the role. I think I’m getting too accustomed to the karate fighter-type ladies in action movies, though. I found nothing very new or exhilarating about Gamora. Not a bad character, but entirely predictable.
  • Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) was surprisingly fun. His facial expressions made up for his three-word vocabulary. But even those three words were used to good effect for humour and sentiment. (Next time you don’t know what to say to people, just say, “I am Groot” and leave them to interpret that for themselves.)
  • I was very taken by the star-like design for the Nova Corps ships. Those were about the only designs that really fascinated me in the movie. The others were standard sci-fi fantasy fare, but the Nova Corps ships looked cool and new.
  • Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) was a lot more interesting in the first half of the movie, when he was spouting more complicated sentences and taking things at face value. Example:
    Rocket: His people are completely literal. Metaphors go over his head.
    Drax: Nothing goes over my head! My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it.
    hahahahahah He also said things like “Companion, what were you retrieving?” and “You’re an imbecile.” It kind of reminded me of Thor, in a way. haha It made his character really funny, but later he seemed to be using fewer fancy words and that took some of the fun out of him.
  • A lot of the dialogue was rather funny but not… laugh-out-loud funny? I found myself smiling or chuckling at parts but I didn’t outright laugh as much as I expected to. Maybe my expectations were too high?
  • Quill totes around a walkman and an old cassette tape  labelled “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” which his mother gave him. The subtitles for “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” read “Himpunan Hebat 1” or some such thing – is that even the right translation?? “Himpunan” to me is a gathering or an assembly, not a mix. But maybe it’s a more obscure variation of meaning, or a form of slang…?
  • When Quill said he has 12% of a plan, I couldn’t help laughing. And not because of the exacting calculation, but because all I could hear in my head were Tony Stark’s “12% of the credit” and Pepper Potts’ “12% of a moment.” I wonder if that was done on purpose…
  • Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) was another generic villain. The best Marvel villain so far in the movies is Loki (and I’m not just saying that because I really like Tom Hiddleston). Red Skull was not too shabby, because he served as the antithesis of Steve Rogers – i.e. he showed us what would happen if a person without Steve’s morality and principles got hold of it (and also what happens when you take a drug without it being fully tested and verified). He wasn’t merely a crazy person out to conquer the world (though he certainly was that too). The twist in Captain America 2 that turned the whole of S.H.I.E.L.D. into the antagonist was a good one. The Dark Elf guy in Thor 2 was a bore, and the villains of the Iron Man trilogy I can barely recall.
  • The Collector, Tanaleer Tivan (Benicio Del Toro), was a wasted character in this movie. He seemed much more mysterious and much more intriguing in the end credits scene of Thor 2 when Sif and Volstagg brought the Aethor to him. Here he basically served as a mode of explanation for why everyone  else was chasing after the orb, and that was it.
  • Is it just me or are the end credits scenes getting more and more bland? This one was really a “nothing” scene. Howard the Duck, really? When I saw the Collector sitting in the rubble, I thought, “Oooh, maybe this’ll be interesting!” I was wrong. It added nothing at all and was just for laughs. It wasn’t even that funny.
  • My main question at the end of the movie was not “Who is Peter Quill’s father?” but “What about the Aether?!” Wasn’t it in the Collector’s collection? The collection just got blown to pieces so what’s happened to it? If the Aether is an Infinity Gem, can it be destroyed by another Infinity Gem? If it cannot be destroyed by another IG, then where is it now?

Rating: ★★★

Final word: Entertaining but not amazing.

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