Friday, August 26, 2016

1005. Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy
Directed by James Gunn

Hello all!  I apologize for not posting in awhile and taking so long to respond to your comments (which are always greatly appreciated).  I was on a beach vacation in one of the tackiest cities in America (guess which one and you win a prize).  I should also mention I am going camping today.  Having seen The Edge one too many times, I am fully convinced I will be eaten by a bear.  So it was nice knowing all of you.  In any case, I decided to write about Guardians of the Galaxy, as I feebly attempt to have some sort of thematic consistency in this blog (it's a summer blockbuster!).

Peter Quill, or Han Solo 2.0, steals a magical orb, unaware that its power is coveted by Ronan, an evil alien guy.  When Quill realizes that the entire universe is in danger, he rallies a motley crew of criminals to save the galaxy.  Can you tell I only half paid attention to the plot?

I think the only thing that saved this movie from complete mediocrity is Chris Pratt's likability and his...other assets.  Still, like I said, he is basically a carbon copy of Han Solo (but much handsomer) so perhaps I shouldn't give the filmmakers too much credit.  I suppose the soundtrack is also pretty great.  I am just so sick of the Marvel universe; if you have seen one superhero movie, you have pretty much seen them all.

Obviously, this film wasn't in my edition, so I am not sure why it was included.  If lack of originality doesn't bother you, you might actually have a good time with this one.

Oh, and I chose the above picture because to me, it is the most powerful screenshot of the film.

RATING: ***--

Interesting Facts:

Vin Diesel said he recorded the line "I am Groot" over 1,000 times.

The sales of the song "Hooked on a Feeling" shot up 700 percent after the release of the first trailer.


  1. Ohh now then .. a prize at stake .. could it possibly be .... Whats my prize??
    Sorry ..
    OK,I apparently saw this less than a year ago, and cannot remember a bit of it, but that is no surprise .. Sorry, cannot stand all this comic book hers stuff, so I probably deleted it from my memory banks, or slept through most of it..

  2. Hang on .. Having more carefully read your review.. Oh, it's that one.. the 'I am Groot' one.. OK.. yawn yawn ..

  3. I liked this movie. It was exactly what I expected--fun entertainment.Chris Pratt is so likeable that it was hard not to smile throughout. I love the soundtrack which took me back a bit--in a good way! 👍😊

  4. Yeah the comic book stuff is getting mega boring. But I agree Diana, who doesn't like Chris Pratt?