I had the extreme pleasure of seeing an early screening of Marvel Studios latest film, Guardians of the Galaxy. I loved it. This is probably the funniest marvel movie yet. While there is humor, there is still a lot of action and an amazing look at the marvel universe that stretches through space.
The comic version of Guardians of the Galaxy has been around for some time now. I wouldn’t necessarily call it one of Marvels most known and bestselling books, but even fans that only stick to the bigger stories have at least heard of them. Look at it this way, the heavy hitters of Marvel mostly stick to earth, but when a storyline involves venturing out into the final frontier, no one gets shocked if they run into the Guardians.
The comic has had few team variations over the decades, but this group, Starlord, Gamora, Rocket, Drax, and Groot, are certainly the most popular, this being because of their differences and similarities.
There are times in the book that make you question why these foolish characters haven’t killed one another yet. Their individual and collective morals can be questionable at times, but they are very present. Stir this all up and you can have intense and serious moments, but most of all hilarity. It is not surprising that a movie was made because of these very diverse characters.
The humor has always been the main draw to this motley group of characters. Marvel Studios made sure that this was a very known and large piece of the film adaptation. I don’t think I have ever laughed this hard during a Marvel movie, and I found the other Marvel movies to be pretty funny as well. It wasn’t just Chris Pratt (who is mostly known for his funnier roles) who was funny – the whole cast had me laughing! This being a main focus of the film doesn’t take away from its place in the Marvel Studios world. It cozies right on up to the other movies, and opens up the giant door of possibilities that is space in this universe.
This was probably going to be Marvel’s toughest sell. The mass majority of people outside of specific comic fans have no idea who these characters are. They will probably take one look at the talking raccoon and tree and furrow their brows.
Let me open you up to the beauty of this story’s unknown element. You as an audience don’t have to feel the pressure of being a fan or knowing a fan. The majority of the people in the theater are taking the same ride with you. This a freedom that allows to just enjoy yourself.
I also want to add that the soundtrack is phenomenal. It is a seventies-ish mix that not only fits with the feeling of this movie but actually plays a significant role in the film. For a movie about space aliens, that is unexpected and incredibly amazing all at the same time. You can also purchase said soundtrack, which I have already done.
Should Kids Go?
Now for a serious warning, I have already pointed out how hilarious this movie is. That humor is mostly adult. Honestly, the entire film is pretty adult. You can make the ultimate judgment call when it comes to bringing kids, but I recommend heeding the rating of PG-13. I personally wouldn’t push it below eleven, but it really depends on the kid. The storyline is pretty complicated and relies heavily on exposition to get the story across instead of necessarily showing you. The good and bad guy definitions continue to shift throughout the film, especially when it comes to categorizing the Guardians, themselves. I think as a parent you would spend most of the movie figuring out how not to explain a joke full of sexual innuendo. Also violence is used for jokes as well.
I had a great time watching Guardians of the Galaxy. As a Marvel fan one of the things I look forward to most after watching their movies are the sneak peak into future Marvel movies! Guardians has a mid-credit and end-credit scene – so don’t forget to wait! The screening I attended was before the San Diego Comic Con, so the ending scene was held from the film. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to go see it again. It is a terrible burden. What a great way to wind down this summer movie extravaganza.
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