Before we get to the robot apocalypse, we get a space adventure

Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
Release: July 31, 2014
Director: James Gunn
Writers: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman
Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan

Marvel has earn a lot of love from us nerdy movie goers so they were allowed to not play things safe and make another movie about a comic book series that is not very well known. The difference between the risk they took with Iron Man and the one they took with Guardians of the Galaxy is Iron Man takes place on Earth and is about a crazy billionaire in a metal suit, GOG is set in space and is about a bunch of weirdo criminals saving the day. As stated before, crazy billionaire in a strange suit has been done before, so Iron Man was not so big of a leap. Weirdo criminals in space (one of them is green, another is a talking raccoon, and the other is a tree that only says three words) is going to be a big stretch for the audiences to process. But we are on board for the ride. GOG worked for the same reason Iron Man worked, great casting and a great director. And all the 80’s references don’t hurt the fun either. Now I know you guys are saying “Thor took place in space,” but it really took place on Asgard. GOG took place mostly on spaceships traveling from planet to planet.

GOG is a fun space adventure film and we haven’t had one of those in a while. I know people were hoping it would be another Star Wars, but really it is its own thing. Gunn takes the conventional elements in an action movie and kinda makes fun of them. It’s like he knows they need to be in the movie, but he is going to poke at the goofiness of the moment having to be in the movie in the first place. The big speeches are interrupted by silly questions and random thoughts, the love connection was ended with the treat of bodily harm, and the moments of heroism are marred with talking about how awesome the heroic moment was. The music helps continue the unconventional cause the last thing you expect in a space adventure is Rupert Holmes asking about pina coladas. The Footloose jokes. Do I really need to say more? I do wish some of the sarcastic wit would have made it over Ronan (Pace) and Nebula (Gillan), they were a bit over the top with the evilness and it doesn’t always jive with the tone of the movie.

In keeping with the theme of daddy issues in the MCU, Gamora and Nebula have the lock on that one, but it is nice to see that Quill doesn’t really have that problem. Yandu (Rooker) abducted Quill from Earth when he was a kid and took him away from his family, but Yandu raised him and was very much a father figure to him. Quill comes up with a plan to get Yandu off his back by telling him he knows how to get the stone, you can see this look on Yandu’s face. It’s like he knows Quill is going to totally screw him in the end and run off with the stone, but he is strangely proud of this. He raised Quill to not be a sucker and screwing with him would make prove he raised Quill well. Yandu would do the same to him if given the chance, but he wouldn’t be a hero and give the stone to someone for free to protect it.

I’m not going to bitch about the Groot (Diesel) death fake out. It gives us baby Groot and that is the best thing ever. I want one! Seriously, my birthday is in July so feel free to send me one. Plus I want more Groot in the future.

I was confused by the ending when I first saw the movie. Quill grabs the stone, then they all grab onto him, and they are okay with the power of friendship? It was a bit of a stretch for me. When I saw it again and there was the history of the stones lesson, The Collector (Benicio Del Torro) explained there were a group of beings that were able to hold on to the stone together for a little while before it disintegrated them all. With Quill not being 100% human he could hold on to it long enough for the others to get to him. I have no theories as to who Quill’s dad might be. I don’t know enough about the comics to venture a guess. Do you guys have any thoughts on who Quill’s dad might be? Any angel like characters made of light?

GOG helps to set up more of the main MCU story line by incorporating Thanos and an Infinity Stone in the plot a bit more. He has Ronan find him one of the Infinity Stones and in turn Thanos will destroy a plant for Ronan. Our weirdo criminals find it first and we get to learn about what in the hell these stones are from The Collector. Outside of that, there is no real connection to the MCU story lines going on, but I loved seeing more of Del Torro. Sadly, the end-credits scene was just a fun moment and not a chance to see if people would like a Howard the Duck movie. Such a horrible tease.

Quick Infinity Stone count. We have the Tesseract on Asgard. The Aether in Knowhere with The Collector. The purple destroying one with Glenn Close on Nova. The green mind controlling one with Hydra on Earth. That is four we have seen so far, but lots of guesses that the yellow stone on The Visions head in the trailers for Ultron is another stone. So there is now possibly five. Any guesses about the sixth?

What did you think of Guardians of the Galaxy? Do you want a baby Groot too? Any theories about Quill’s dad? Next up is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. all of season one and what has aired for season two. Happy geekery!

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