Sound Off: James Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
August 1, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "All heroes start somewhere." Now playing in theaters everywhere is Marvel Studio's Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn, starring Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close. So how is it? Does it live up to expectations? How much fun is it to watch Groot & Rocket? What was your favorite part? Once you've seen it, post a comment with thoughts on Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy. I am Groot!
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To I am Groot, I really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy. It's a ton of fun, balancing the perfect amount of Marvel movie absurdity with space opera sci-fi dramatics, goofy characters, an incredibly soundtrack, and everything else all rolled into the perfect movie. While everyone is making a Star Wars comparison, I really think this movie stands alone, it's a wholly unique and original creation from the minds of James Gunn and Marvel and it's an impressive modern movie. Chris Pratt is going to blow up so huge after this, and he deserves it, because he totally owns this role as Star-Lord, or Peter Quill, or whatever he wants to be called.
While I think Gunn did an excellent job working around the PG-13 confines of a Marvel Studios movie, he does make it fun and there is some really dark and out-there humor. But there are times where it seems a bit cheesy, where the dialogue is so bad it's laughably bad, and I couldn't tell if that was the point or just what was happening. I can't say it's perfect or admittedly my own favorite Marvel movie, but I did enjoy it quite a damn bit and will happily be revisiting it. That soundtrack! And the way Gunn works in music through the cassette player is just brilliant. Another great film from Marvel; I expect it will be loved by nearly everyone.
What did you think of James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy? Marvel's best or worst so far?
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