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Guardians of the Galaxy commentary

So, I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy today.


And I got to tell you, for all that people are raving about this movie, I just don't see it. The plot is spotty at best, confusing at worst; the dialogue is choppy, and the only well-rounded character seems to be the animated raccoon.

Don't get me wrong. It was not a bad movie. I have certainly seen worse movies. But it had almost nothing I've come to expect from a Marvel movie. It was more like... well, it was more comedy than depth, which is okay, that's fine, but for the life of me I want the plot to make sense when you play for comedy. I've seen people comparing it to Firefly and calling it better than The Avengers, and while I see some similarities to the former, the latter is just ridiculous. You have a plot in The Avengers. You know why the bad guy is doing what he's doing. You know why its imperative that the good guys stop him. You actually have a clue what's going on for most of the movie.

Not so in Gaurdians of the Galaxy. It's beautifully done, which real thought put into the costumes and the settings and even some of the dialogue, but for the most part I was going what the fuck and why is that supposed to be funny. In fact, I was mostly annoyed because, hello, this is Marvel and I expect stuff and I don't care if its so revolutionary for having a female director, I'm holding her to the same standards I do everyone else and this.... well, XMFC had a better plot than this.

But the animated characters were a treasure, especially Rocket, and Gomorra was more than just the token female. The romance was well-played and the finale was rather amusing, for all that it was cliche. Lee Pace was utterly unrecognizable. For comedy, it was fairly good, if relying a little too much on the slapstick end of things.

It still gets a 3 out of 5. If I didn't come in expecting things for it being a Marvel movie, I might even have given it a 4. It suffers for having no obvious ties to the rest of the Marvel-199999 universe. I won't badmouth it, but I won't praise it either, and I'm certainly not buying it when it comes out.