Monkey Movie Review – Guardians of the Galaxy

Well I finally got around to seeing this movie after it’s stayed at #1 for a while.  When it was bumped by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, I was worried that it wasn’t that good, but then it bounced back.  I’m very glad I saw it.

Still at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossing over $270 million at the box office, what in the heck is the deal with this movie? I’ll tell you the deal, it’s funny, exciting sad, funny… well written, very quick, great casting, and a distinct lack of CGI for characters.  Let me be clear, there’s a ton of CGI for spaceships, locales and such, but nearly all the characters are good ol’ “facepaint and latex”, which makes the movie even more enjoyable.  Did you hear that George Lucas?  Note: check out the TV show “Face Off”.

Even more shocking is how buff lead-man Chris Pratt (Parks & Rec) looks.  With Zoe Seldana (Uhura in Star Trek reboot) playing Gamora, still appearing sultry under that green makeup, David Bautista as bit-galoot Zax, incapable of understanding or using metaphors, Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) playing a rabid racoon (Rocket), and Vin Diesel as Groot, a walking tree – you gotta believe this movie can’t miss.

Starting with some touching backstory and a suprising amount of character development, this movie spends more time on the personal side of the relationships rather than the effects.  And that’s good.  We’ve all experienced movies that are all sci-fi and little human interaction or connection (Prometheus).

I’d like to say I have a favorite character, but they really all have entertaining qualities that makes you wish you were a Guardian as well.  If i had to choose one, it’s Rocket Racoon, who spends most of the movie despondent, angry, or both. Even in scenes where he’s not the main character, his mutterings are very funny.

And yes, there’ a whole “Marvel” connection here with Thanos, and the infinity gems.  There’s a tie in with the Collector, who we all know now has the Tesseract.  You get the feeling this is all going to collide with the Avengers.

The movie ends with a clear sequel possibility – and if you stay until after the credits, there is an absolutely strange and out-there movie reference.  They don’t tell you who the character is, but if you’re a movie buff, you’ll know. I can tell you that half the audience (made up of teeny-boppers) called out “who IS that?”

This is truly a great movie, with great pacing, a clever plot with very funny lines in it.  Monkey says, check it out.

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