Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman
based on the Guardians of the Galaxy comic books by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
directed by James Gunn
Here’s one of those weird situations where everyone I know loves a film and I’m the only chump who thinks it’s just ok. A friend even called me a curmudgeon for not getting into Guardians of the Galaxy as much as I should’ve. And I guess she’s right: This is the type of film that should appeal to me, since it’s not your typical superhero extravaganza. But nope, I didn’t feel it. I can be a big grouch when it comes to movies (and other things), but it’s not my fault when films just don’t get it right, is it?
Guardians of the Galaxy continues Marvel Comics’ takeover of the box office with the tale of five misfit miscreants – Misfit Miscreants is the name of my new band – who band together to thwart the plans for world (universe?) domination by Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), a supervillain that blah, blah, blah. The plot doesn’t matter much in this type of film, and that’s fine. Director James Gunn smartly goes for laughs, pop culture references, and a retro soundtrack that includes Blue Swede’s way cool cover of Hooked on a Feeling (1974). But as I watched, I just couldn’t help but think about other films and TV series that have done it better. Hell, everything by Joss Whedon pretty much falls in this category, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) to The Avengers (2012). In fact, Guardians of the Galaxy borrows much of its shtick from Whedon’s own short-lived 2002 series Firefly… and that’s an issue for me.
I did think Groot, the CG man-tree creature voiced by Vin Diesel, was pretty cool. Does that get me any points?
Carlos I. Cuevas