It sounds strange, doesn’t it? A character who can only say three words – the same three words, nonetheless – featuring as the leading character of a comic series? I briefly thought about writing this entire review for Groot #1, the newest solo-adventure spin-off for a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy team, by simply repeating “I am Groot” about 400 times, but then I figured that I’d really be the only one as entertained by that as I’d think it should be, so I decided against it. Instead, here’s a real review for you!
“The rocket is both a means of propulsion and a weapon!” We’ve seen how Groot and Star-Lord came to be who they are, and now in Marvel’s latest Guardians of the Galaxy 2-part short, we’re shown how Rocket Raccoon became the scamp we all know and love. Although, as you’ll see after watching the videos, a lot of what makes Rocket who he is was already part of his feisty, snarky personality!
Guardians of the Galaxy is a perfect comic book movie! It truly is one of the most unique and delightful films Marvel has created to date. It features memorable and enjoyable characters, is filled with all the required thrills and spills, and it’s an almost nonstop barrage of humor and fun. It’s like eating a big mac and a large fry at 2am after a night of drunken debauchery, it’s that good.
Peter Quill, or Star Lord as he likes to call himself, is a quick-witted man of Earth thrown into the far reaches of galaxy, who has stolen an artifact that everyone seems to want. By accident he stumbles upon four other characters, Gamora the assassin, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket the enhanced raccoon and Groot the humanoid tree, and the five of them form an unlikely team.
Not one performance, however, can live up to the two characters that completely steal the entire show, Rocket and Groot voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. Yes, the talking tree and the raccoon are by far the most entertaining and likable characters. They are also two of the funniest characters in the entire picture behaving like the classic straight and funny man routine of Abbott and Costello fame but twice as fun.
We all know the story by now about Marvel taking a punt on Guardians of the Galaxy compounded by their bold decision to hire the cult-ish idiosyncratic director James Gunn to helm the movie (which turned out to be an absolute stroke of genius). The film opened huge (one of the biggest films of 2014) and a talking Raccoon with a big ass gun became a household name. Sometimes you just can’t predict how the public are going to take to a film, and it almost makes tracking techniques seem irrelevant (anyways, that is another topic for another time). Gunn has recently opened up about the development process of Guardians of the Galaxy, revealing how it all came together. In the wide-ranging interview, Gunn talks about the state of the script when he came onboard the tightly-cogged, well-oiled Marvel machine, and it all makes for a rather interesting read. (more…)
Yesterday we were treated to a Guardians of the Galaxy dance-off clip between Star-Lord and Ronan The Accuser, which was to decide the fate of the world ( …this could have worked as an alternate ending, no?). That scene was basically a set-up for Dave Batista (Drax the Destroyer) according to James Gunn. You can see how he is caught off guard as he starts to express a confused – ‘what-the-hell-is-going-on’– type grin. Not only is this a wonderful clip, but it also invites us – the viewers – to vicariously feed off of the good vibes they obviously had whilst filming the movie. The chemistry is great in the film, and this must of been one of the many elements, that when mixed together, produced a gem of a film. You can view the clip again here, …and “Dance-off” (more…)
The nation of Japan has brought the world many wonderful bounties: Godzilla, Akira, Hello Kitty. However, for every Full Metal Alchemist, there’s a splash of hentai that crops up to wreak havoc on all that you find holy and pure. With that in mind, it should be no wonder that Japan chose to celebrate the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy in its country over the weekend in a way that will make you wonder if the AI revolution is upon us. (more…)
I’m dating myself here, but I vaguely remember that when ‘The Green Hornet’ hit TV screens, China went ballistic in seeing someone who looked like them play the superhero Kato. He was by no means the main character, but don’t tell that to Hong Kong because they changed the title to ‘The Kato Show.’ That was completely out of pride and love for their real life hometown hero Bruce Lee and a little bit of “not getting it.” Japan, on the other hand, isn’t doing anything like that. Like most countries, Japan likes to take stuff and just twist it into their interpretation of it, flummoxing the hell out of everybody else. And that’s why they’re awesome. Here we have three Japanese TV spots of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ that start off in the end zone and end up in right field. Join me in trying to decipher these super best terrific visuals! (more…)
This weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy took the world by storm. The movie hit the top of the U.S. box office with a record shattering $94mil opening, which means that pretty much anyone who was willing and able decided to take a trip with the ragtag bunch of “heroes” led by Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill. One person who would have loved to be in attendance to see his creation brought to life but was unable to make it is comic book writer Bill Mantlo, co-creator of one of the film’s most popular characters (together with Keith Giffen), Rocket Raccoon. Unfortunately, back in 1992, Mantlo was the victim of a hit and run accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury. As such, he was unable to attend his local theater to witness just how wonderful his creation looks on screen. Luckily, Marvel continued to prove just how wonderful they are by arranging a private screening for Mantlo. (more…)
The Marvel movie machine is a relentless beast that lives up to every promise it makes. When the first footage for Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy was presented last year at San Diego Comic-Con, it marked the beginning of a fierce, intelligent marketing campaign that no one could run from. During the past year, that excitement has only grown and now that the release date is upon us, millions of fans flocked to the local multiplex as soon as they could to get a glimpse of a team of relatively unknown characters, whose members include a tree and a talking raccoon. Everyone wants to be the first to see it, including “Maddie”, who after waiting over a year was finally getting ready to see the long awaited space adventure-comedy. And then something weird and tragic in the best possibly nerdy way happened…. (more…)
I have to admit to being completely on the fence since Guardians of the Galaxy was first announced.
For starters — I’ve never been a hardcore comics kid, nor am I particularly a fan of Marvel’s brand of popcorn plasticity. The MCU pictures are only slightly interesting from a filmic outlook, while Guardians as a property is a complete unknown entity to me. A talking raccoon and a tree in locked in cosmic battle with a horde of spaced invaders? Sounds like something more fit for the side of an 80s metal band’s tour van than a multiplex silver screen. Then James Gunn was announced as director/co-writer and my interest level was raised (though I still can’t cop to being completely conned). Slither is a damn good rehash of Fred Dekker’s Night of the Creeps and Super is so dark and personal that it’s hard to dismiss (though I still don’t know if I’ll ever be able to say I’m a “fan” of the film). Could Gunn actually retain his Troma roots? Or would the somewhat boardroom-authored MCU Universe excise what made his previous output special in favor of their factory-line assembly process. Thankfully, the answer is the former, as Guardians of the Galaxy is 110% a James Gunn joint to, to the point that it might be the only Marvel movie to retain its author’s somewhat auteurist voice, marking the first time the filmmaker was valued over the brand. (more…)