BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Guardians Of The Galaxy Reviews
By Dr. Know on August 1st, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy is an open fire hydrant of a summer movie: more fun than should be allowed in such hot weather.
Though based on a comics series launched in 1969, “Guardians” comes on with a hip, absurdist humor that feels thoroughly modern.
The motley crew’s repartee makes for comedy that’s surprisingly consistent, yet freewheeling and sharp enough to pinball from Kevin Bacon to Jackson Pollock and back.
The people who made this movie must have had a swell time in the process, and it’s nice to see a summer epic that takes itself so unseriously.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” relied too much on the audience already knowing the Marvel mythology. Call it, in my opinion, an unacceptable shorthand.
A Marvelous sci-fi adventure that flies by in a whoosh of nimble action and colorful characters.
By playing with sci-fi and comic book clichés and assembling a charismatic and likeable cast, Guardians of the Galaxy is a welcome return to form for Marvel.
[It’s] the first of the MCU properties that didn’t feature a major Marvel character. Surprise, surprise, when you make the most enjoyable space opera romp since The Fifth Element, name recognition just doesn’t matter.
What sets this film apart from the less effective summer movies is that director James Gunn has put together a cast that can handle the action and the humor.
Where it does work is in the lightness of touch director James Gunn brings to proceedings.
While not all superhero films are created equal, this comic-book space adventure adaptation is just good enough.
Eentertaining from start to finish, thanks to — guess what? — the writing!
By refusing to follow the usual formula, filmmaker James Gunn has made Marvel’s best-yet movie, a summer action-adventure that provides more cinematic fun than the rest of the year’s blockbusters rolled into one.
After a summer of slick, seamless superhero, monster and robot blockbusters, there’s certainly something to be said for a movie that feels reckless and messy.
At first I thought, ‘This movie isn’t as clever as it thinks it is.’ But after a while, I decided maybe it was after all.
Gunn delivers a pageant of eye candy splashed with the primary-color palette of his funnybook source material. He has the aesthetic down, if not always the mechanics.
Guardians of the Galaxy is one of Marvel Studios’ best and certainly the most punk rock.
It taps into what the first three Star Wars films knew and the next three forgot: big heart and a sense of humor are what keep heavy machinery running smoothly.