They said they were crazy. They said it was a waste of all the goodwill and capital they gained with the Avengers movies. They said a lot of things in between the time they announced Guardians of the Galaxy at SDCC and now when we can actually see it. I think they are saying different things now
I usually write spoilery reviews but since it just opened I’ll save my deeper analysis for later.
I had never heard of them before that announcement. Although I did encounter Rocket Racoon and Groot earlier. I did a little research and I thought either this was gonna be the weirdest movie or the best. It’s both. They had a large sandbox to play in, and with such a small pre-movie fanbase they had freedom to utilize that to make something that is art today. It’s not a callback to stuff that everyone has known for fifty plus years. It’s a callback to stuff that only the hipsters of Marvel fandom knew about before it was cool. Now it’s cool. The coolest thing there is today. (Today being August 1st 2014.)
Howard Tayler said he wants to see it again with a notebook to figure out how they did it. I kinda want to too. There is so much packed into the movie. You’re crying two minutes in, then laughing at five, then cool tech squee at eight, then danger and action and horror and kinda romance and scenery and set pieces and plot and exposition delivered cleanly, quickly, and hilariously, and they keep cycling and rolling and pushing you through things you’ve never seen which suddenly become important, not just to the movie but to you. They give us the familiar using the 70s music Peter Quill brought with him and other call backs to previous movies.
I’m still in the afterglow but I declare that it is the best Marvel has produced. I need to revise my head list of the best SuperHero (joint trademark Marvel and DC) movies because it’s there. I need to revise to see what other movies actually still belong on that list. The art has been raised I think. The same way SpiderMan and The Dark Night raised the art at their times.
After Daredevil Stan Lee (who has his all important cameo in GotG) wrote an article about what Comic movies should be. He said, “Think, a party.” And that is the party.
I though about writing the characters for you so you’ll know who’s who, but the movie does that so well that despite the fun it will provide for me it isn’t needed.
It’s a movie, go see it.
Oh and stay for the very last moment, it is the most worth it of any after credits scene.