I saw an early screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Thursday night, and let me tell you, I had a blast! I may have only read the actual Guardians comic that was the biggest influence on this after the movie was announced, but I’ve quickly fallen in love with these a-holes. Of course, I did know of Drax and Gamora from my reading of the Silver Surfer back in the day. And Thanos and Ronan.
But the movie! As you could tell from the way it was promoted, this is a whole new animal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s no super-soldier, or technical genius inventing powered suits or serums. Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill, an Earth kid (well…) abducted by aliens called the Ravagers, thieves and smugglers led by Yondu Udonta. Quill has only what he was carrying with him, which includes the Walkman and the ‘Awesome Mix Vol. 1’ we’ve heard in the trailers and clips. He’s stealing a mysterious orb – and getting away from the Ravagers at the same time. He thoroughly establishes that he’s a goofy man-child (the dancing! wait for the GIFs).
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This puts him on the path to meet the rest of the Guardians – who either want the orb, or to turn him in for a bounty. That leads to the prison scenes (the Kyln!) you see featured in the trailers. That orb contains another of the Infinity Stones (we’ve seen the Tesseract and the Aether so far), and Ronan the Accuser, renegade Kree, will not stop until he gets it. Ronan, played by the Piemaker Lee Pace, is over the top evil. He gets a bit more to do than Chris Eccleston did in Thor: The Dark World, but not by much. He’s got a deal in place with THANOS to deliver the orb, assisted by Nebula and Gamora. Once he realizes the orb has an Infinity Stone inside, well why does he need THANOS anyway? He can destroy the Nova Corps home planet of Xandar all by himself! Nebula is okay with this, which goes to show how little you can trust minions that you kidnap, experiment on, and abuse.
This leads Quill and the other misfits to loosely ally – Rocket, with Groot tagging along, to make sure his bounty stays alive, Gamora to make sure the orb stays away from THANOS and Ronan, and Drax who just wants to kill Ronan. They bond, guys, and it’s great.
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I feel like I could try and explain what I loved about the movie for hours but it wouldn’t do it justice. Yes, there are changes from the comics. That happens any time you adapt to the big screen, especially the MCU which is getting well established all on it’s own. The core of the Guardians are there, especially from Rocket and Groot. You might find yourself tearing up just a bit as a talking raccoon laments being tortured and experimented on. I AM GROOT will mean something. You will laugh, more than you’ve laughed at any MCU movie. My kids want a tiny Groot all their own. The music, it’s just as great in the movie as it is in the trailers. There are things that bug me, but seriously, there’s so much right here. We see and hear THANOS – yeah, I’m gonna keep capitalizing that – we go to Knowhere, the cameos are there. Now I just need to see the after-credits scene. To Friday!