(I wish I could write a post on my favorite and least favorite movies of 2014, but I can’t even remember half the movies I watched. I’m going to keep a list of them this year, and since no one has yet developed a Goodreads for Movies, I’m listing them on my blog with my general thoughts.)

GOTG-posterGuardians of the Galaxy was the first movie I watched this year. It’s been out on Blu-Ray – I rarely go to an actual movie theater – for six months. My husband has been wanting to watch it since the first trailer, but I balked. I didn’t know anything about the storyline, and the trailer made the movie look comical.

Comedies are a hard sale for me. I do enjoy a good romantic comedy, and I like action adventures and dramas with a comedic element, but movies like Anchorman, Dumb & Dumber, etc. so do not work for me. The Hangover was extremely borderline. I laughed and overall enjoyed it, but would prefer a more serious movie.

The preview for Guardians made the movie seem like it would fall into this category of comedy. I mean, a talking raccoon with a gun? How can that not be stupid, slapstick comedy? Everyone told me the movie was great, that I’d love it, and it wasn’t what I thought it was. Still, I resisted. Until last week.

I’ll admit it: I was wrong about Guardians. Everyone else was right. The director did a great job of giving each character a story. In fact, I was shocked when I nearly cried in the opening scene. I was not prepared for that at all, and it reset my expectations and made me more open to the rest of the movie.

The Plot

Our heroes have to keep safe a relic that can destroy an entire planet. Nothing ground breaking there, but many stories that deal with this premise go way overboard, ruining my enjoyment of what could be a good story. Toward the end, Guardians edged close to going too far, but it didn’t cross the line.

The Characters

I didn’t hate the raccoon. I even grew to like him. Oh, he did have a few silly, slow motion fight scenes that were ridiculous, but when you put a talking raccoon into a movie, you gotta have a couple of over-the-top moments. I could see myself becoming a fan of Rocket. I’m already a fan of Bradley Cooper.

I really liked Gamara. I kept staring at her, thinking she looked really familiar. Finally, Trey told me it was the girl from the Star Trek movies, Zoe Saldana. I think I like her! I did a quick search to see what else she’s in. Avatar. And, apparently, they’ve filmed an Avatar 2, 3, and 4. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first one – I got annoyed by the stereotypical, extremely underdeveloped, evil military guy – so I’m not dying to see the next three films.

Chris Pratt was pretty good in the role of Peter Quill. He fit the role well. I haven’t seen him in anything else, so I’m not sure if I’m a fan, yet.

Groot. Yeah. I loved him. And I think this might have been Vin Diesel’s best acting job yet. 🙂

Dave Bautista as Drax. This guy is huge. And he was funny. I loved how he went from bad guy I’m-going-to-kill-you-all to hey-let-me-on-your-team. He cracked me up.

Rating ****

Four Stars. This movie had the type of humor I like mixed in with a somewhat serious plot. It definitely surpassed my expectations, had great characters and good actors, and a story that kept me interested. Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy is a good movie that I wouldn’t hate to see again.

Quick Stats

Title: Guardians of the Galaxy
Date Watched: January 1, 2015
My Rating: ****
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper,
Director: James Gunn

My Ranking System

* Can I have those two hours of my life back please?
** I hated this.
*** Not great, but I don’t regret watching it.
**** Pretty good. I wouldn’t mind seeing it again.
***** Loved! Everyone needs to watch this STAT.