Monday, August 4, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy: Quite possibly my favorite summer movie!

Not every action movie has a soul. 

Sometimes, they’re pretty darn predictable. 

This can be especially true when the movie is based on a story from a comic book.

I’ll tell you what…this movie? Definitely does has a soul.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is a smartly written movie, if there ever has been one in the Marvel family. Most lines are not only smart written, but deftly delivered. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the banter amongst the “Guardian” group, including the lines of Groot (limited to just four words, he is still able to steal a few scenes with those words and some great CGI facial expressions!). I know I will hear the words, “I am Groot,” for weeks to come out of the mouths of my four young boys.

Of course, I love Gamora, played by Zoey Saldana. My favorite line of hers?  "And I am not some starry eyed waif here to succumb to your...your...pelvic sorcery!”

The audience can easily find a place in their heart for her and her traumatic story…of which, each Guardian has one. And Star Lord aptly captures their sad stories with his laugh grabbing line, “I look around, and you know what I see? Losers. I mean like, folks who have lost things…” Because, of course, it was just another way Star Lord endears himself to us, as he struggles from becoming the lost little boy who was stolen from his dead mother to the man who could have the strength to save the galaxy.

I love this movie so much? That just four short days after seeing it the first time with my eldest son, I saw it AGAIN with all four boys at the Drive-In.

My ONLY disappointment in this movie was the seemingly MISPLACED use of two words- one, when Drax calls Gamora a whore (this stands out because he DID NOT have to use the word) and then again when Star Lord tells Ronin, “You said it yourself, we’re the Guardians of the Galaxy…BITCH.” In such a smartly written movie, these words just stand out like a sore thumb, because as I tell my children…you’re intelligent enough that you could find a better word to use than THAT one. And the writers and directors of this movie could have (and should have). Those words were just really out of place.

Altogether, I’d give this movie an A-…and the minus is because of those two misplaced words. Otherwise, this movie is Marvel gold.

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