(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.)
Guardians 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.