Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Peek Through the Hatch: Guardians of the Galaxy

So I stayed up late last night to catch the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy on Jimmy Kimmel Live. And, being that I’m turning into a sleepy old man it was a weeknight, I fell asleep and missed it. I was awake probably about 20 minutes before it aired and 20 minutes after it aired but, in Snoozetown when it premiered. So maybe that fueled my disappointment once I stopped kicking myself and finally watched the trailer on my iPad. The movie looked okay, but just okay.

But then I watched it again this morning. And a second time. And a third. And I love it! I hope I can dismiss anyone’s worries (including mine) about this first trailer by saying that, it’s probably difficult to capture the action of the film, and its comedy in one trailer. This isn’t The Avengers. There’s going to be a lot of comedy (or at least, an effort for a lot of comedy) in this movie, something sort of new for a Marvel movie. To be clear, I find quite a few bits in The Avengers - and other Marvel flicks - to be pretty funny, but I think it’s safe to say this is the first action/comedy from Marvel.

I think the acting looks great (and what a cast - we haven't even heard Bradley Cooper as Rocket or seen Glenn Close yet), and the effects and action look top notch. The final look of director James Gunn's film in general is promising (I really didn’t like that GotG post - or was it mid? - credits scene after Thor was a little hammy and didn’t look cinematic enough) so I’m relieved.

What do you guys think? Guardians of the Galaxy premieres August 1.


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