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Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review
Eric Schaen (08/05/2014)
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Hypersonic HeroClix Reviews: Guardians of the GalaxyChris Pratt establishes his leading man prowess and does a marvelous job (yes, pun intended) as the team’s semi-clueless yet charming leader, Star-Lord. As Gamora, Zoe Saldana is fierce yet vulnerable. New comer Dave Bautista does justice to the role of Drax. Then there are the more comical characters -- Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel). As Rocket, Cooper delivers a superb voice performance, stealing the show in almost all of his scenes. While Diesel’s vernacular is a bit more limited in the role of Groot, the wonderful facial expressions and voice inflictions of this character carry a full range of emotion.

Related: HeroClix Slade Files: Drax

It’s hard to believe this is Director James Gunn’s first handling of such a lofty project. To put it bluntly, he owns it. The action sequences have the polish of a veteran director (and there are plenty of original moments at hand), while his softer scenes convey the emotion needed to make audiences care about these characters. An additional element that enhances the enjoyment is the soundtrack -- it's wonderful. It’s a breath of fresh air to hear classic tunes taken from decades when "music was music" in a summer movie. The sequence featuring Star-Lord bopping away to “Come Get your Love” by Redbone, as he traverses alien terrain is worth the ticket price alone. 

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That documentary they made about me a few years back may have been pretty shallow, but at least now the whole world knows what chumps the Nova Corps are compared to a Green Lantern's might!

The day we need the help of the likes of Kanjar Ro in defeating a single warship is the day I give up ring-slinging.

Posted by: H_Jordan_SkyPilot on 8/13/2014 2:00:23 PM

Posted by: Groo on 8/13/2014 1:55:07 PM
Just wanted to make a few corrections:

1) Bautista is not exactly a newcomer even though this is his first starring role. He's great in action movies and has lit up the most recent Riddick movie and Man of the Iron Fists with his presence. I thought his performce in Gaurdians is standout; it's very rare to have a musclebound guy that can deliver sardonic lines with fantastic deadpan comedic timing; in the 80s all we had was Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Lundgren who came across like dumbells in comparison.

2) In space nobody speaks English. Civilized species tend to use translator cybernetic implants to facilitate communication. It's only on Earth that we accept this whole Tower of Babel legacy. This is addressed in the comics, but I did wish that they put a token explanation in the film especially when Drax's vocabulary was a topic of conversation.

3) Piloting ships: Yes, all the Star Wars and Bond tropes were present. However, it was usually Rocket Raccoon making things work. As comic hero fans this should be easy to accept because he is a known tactical genius with an affinity for gadgets and the reflexes of a rodent.

4) 5-star movie. Best space opera since the first Star Wars series and made George's handling of the 2nd trilogy look just plain dumb. Also, the best introduction of the individual personalities on a team ever! Everybody's persona shown and matched the source material. Compare that to the X-Men movies which were a much larger property and the writers did a terrible job of portraying a team and only fleshed out the characters played by higher-ranking actors. A decade in and casual moviegoers still know nothing of Colossus and think that Wolverine is the field leader while Cyclops is that wooden guy that died off-camera. (just one point of comparison)

Posted by: Kragnorak on 8/12/2014 10:32:04 AM
A great hero named Kevin Bacon...

Posted by: Mr. Parker on 8/7/2014 6:15:03 AM

Posted by: Groot on 8/7/2014 2:14:13 AM
That's the most genuine laugh I've ever given. Greatness!

Posted by: Shawn B on 8/6/2014 12:50:02 PM
And I need his leg...

Posted by: Shaft! on 8/5/2014 1:18:38 PM
If im going to read this review:

Im going to need that guys eye

Posted by: Kvl on 8/5/2014 9:45:23 AM