A talking racoon? That’s going to suck! What are they thinking?!
That may not be word for word what I said when I heard about Marvel’s plans for a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but it’s close. I’ve always been more of a Marvel fan than a DC one. Spider-Man has been my favorite superhero for as long as I can remember. Batman is my second, but he’s the only DC Hero I’ve really loved. Whereas Marvel’s X-men, Iron Man, Hulk, and Captain America are all titles I’ve followed at one time or another. So I’ve been ecstatic about how well Marvel Studios has been doing since the release of Iron Man 1.
It wasn’t until I saw the first teasers that my expectations changed from “this will be a train wreck” to “it might be good.” The more videos that came out, the more interested I got. At some point “it might be good” turned into “it will be good” the turned into “excited, can’t wait to see it.”
So how was it? I saw it twice this weekend. My expectations going into the show were exceeded. When I walked out, I checked the time because if there had been any more showings that night I would have bought another ticket right then. Unfortunately it was 12:30 and there weren’t any more showings so I had to wait for Saturday evening.
What do I love about this movie so much? It’s funny, it’s got smart dialog, and great characters. I loved that I walked out of the theater and couldn’t pick which Guardian was my favorite. Even Drax, whom I expected to be my least favorite, had several of the funniest lines in the movie. The casting, writing, directing, and acting all came together perfectly. It’s really amazing to me that James Gunn was able to introduce five characters all one movie, compared to Marvel using four separate movies to prepare for the Joss’s Avengers movie.
Woot! Day 3 of Blaugust