Before recently, I had never even heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy. I vaguely remember hearing about them from time-to-time online, but nothing that caused me to pay attention. Then Marvel announced that they were getting their own movie, so I did a little research, and discovered that these Guardians are more than a little, well, let’s just go with ‘unique.’
To be honest, I thought Marvel was silly for making a big budget superhero movie about characters no one knew about, and I held onto that belief for a long time. And then the casting announcements starting coming out, with the likes of Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan (or Amy Pond to us Doctor Who fans), and most recently, Vin Diesel, joining the film, and I suddenly found my interest piqued.
So, imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to find my Twitter feed exploding with excitement for a movie I hardly knew anything about. With a heavy dose of doubt in my mind, I sat down and watched the trailer all the way through. I didn’t stop smiling once. And honestly, I’m pretty sure I laughed through most of it. In a good way. I have since watched the trailer at least six times.
Something about its campy sense of humor, classic sci-fi tone, and signature Marvel action has me hooked, and I now find myself more excited for Guardians of the Galaxy than I ever imagined I could be. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a huge chance that it will flop, and I think Marvel knows that, but that’s part of what I like about it. Marvel’s taking a risk, and in today’s world, that doesn’t happen often.
The plot isn’t exactly explained in the trailer, but from what I can gather from the press release is this: Peter Quill, a human pilot/space mercenary who calls himself Star-Lord, steals an ancient space relic and ends up being pursued by an evil guy named Ronan, who also happens to be the right-hand man of Thanos, AKA, the giant purple dude from the end of The Avengers.
Along the way, Star-Lord forms an uneasy alliance with a ragtag team of criminals in order to successfully protect the strange artifact or else risk the destruction of the galaxy. So yeah, it’s pretty outrageous. But, then again, I’m pretty sure that the plot of every sci-fi movie sounds crazy on paper.
Regardless of the absurdity of the premise, the feel I got from the trailer has me absolutely hyped for this movie. I quickly got a classic sci-fi vibe that, as I’m sure won’t surprise anyone, reminded me of the Original Trilogy of Star Wars. The dialogue was quick and witty, and the brief flashes of action seems to be evenly balanced with the tongue-in-cheek humor we saw exemplified in Star-Lord.
I’ve only seen Chris Pratt in a few things, most recently being The Lego Movie, but he sold me on the character of Star-Lord instantly. His laid back attitude at getting caught in the beginning of the trailer was great, and the way he nonchalantly gave his captors the middle finger had me in stitches. He’s an odd hero, to be sure, but one that I’m already behind.
However, the trailer gave us little information about the rest of the cast. For starters, I’ve never been a big fan of Zoe Saldana, and while her character Gamora sounds interesting, I doubt it’ll be enough to completely win me over. Drax the Destroyer, the huge, shirtless guy above, also looks interesting, and from what I can gather, he seems to have quite the history with Thanos, which could lead to some awesome moments in the future.
As weird as Gamora and Drax may sound, however, they’re actually pretty normal compared to the other two heroes: the walking tree alien Groot and the machine-gun wielding, pyromaniac Rocket Raccoon. Yes, you read that right, raccoon. Marvel is taking a huge risk with these characters, and yet, with the little we’ve seen of them, I’m already a fan.
Rocket was just fun to watch, and while we’ve yet to hear what Bradley Cooper will do with his voice, there’s something really special about seeing a raccoon wield a machine gun while riding on top of a walking tree. Is it ridiculous? Absolutely. Could it blow up in Marvel’s face? Possibly. Am I giddy with excitement over it? Definitely.
What I don’t know about it is if the villains will prove to be menacing enough to give the plot the needed levels of suspense. The actors behind the ‘bad guys’ are all great, with Benicio Del Toro playing the mysterious Collector, a character we first saw at the very end of Thor: The Dark World, and Karen Gillan playing the alien warrior/assassin known as Nebula.
Lee Pace also plays a big part here, as his character Ronan the Accuser seems to be the primary antagonist, but I know nothing about him except that he’s supposedly the right-hand man of Thanos. Once again, I’ve never heard of Guardians of the Galaxy before recently, so forgive my ignorance here. Even with all the unknowns, I’m still looking forward to seeing all of these characters in action.
Like I said in the beginning of this post, Guardians of the Galaxy reminded me of the sci-fi movies I grew up with. It’s campy, the humor is sarcastic and witty, and the action seems to be fast and in-your-face. The characters are strange and colorful, with a penchant for the absurd, and the premise is just as strange as you’d expect an intergalactic superhero movie to be.
I can imagine it won’t be easy for audiences to accept a ‘superhero’ movie that’s more akin to Star Wars than it is to Iron Man, but I really hope they do. Personally, I watch movies, especially superhero movies, for fun, and if Guardians of the Galaxy promises to do anything, it’s to give us a good time.
I still have my doubts about this movie, and I’m keeping my expectations in check until after I get to see it for myself this coming August. There’s still a ton we don’t know about it, but if this first trailer is anything to go by, then Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be an entertaining, exciting, and hilarious trip that I can only hope delivers on its potential.