Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Guardians of the Galaxy - A Smashing...Success?

I heard good things about Marvel's latest. Heard it thrummed with the energy of the original Star Wars back when Luke Skywalker was first whispered upon the lips of the converted. I heard it was a fine bit of space opera.

Guess I'm just picky.

Guardians of the Galaxy has aliens, 80's goofiness, a super-baddy with a giant war hammer and a mining colony in the severed head of a god. Not too shabby, should work out, and as Starlord dances it up, we grin, sit back and wait for the story to unfold.

The varied cast with dark pasts entertain, but a shallow one-bit villain fails to impress. “Kill them all!” Genocidal mayhem is always popular, but not enough to make the antagonist have a point. That’s fine, we can live with a mistfit crew with an enigmatic walking tree and a brilliant rodent (I mean racoon) that has some repressed rage issues. Problem is, when the stakes rise and the action hits a crescendo, we don’t care.

At least, I didn’t. There was no reason for the Guardians to stick their necks (or trunks?) out for the Nova Corp or for the planet Xandar. Yes, genocide = bad, but that wasn’t going to stop the Guardians from selling the orb to some random buyer they know nothing about. What’s the harm in giving a doomsday device to an oddball with a collection of living critters locked behind glass? Hmmm, probably just look at it. He’s only paying us a bajillion credits.

So, the stakes weren’t there, I didn’t feel the tension, Gamora turning against her “father” was contrite and I have to wonder what kind of idiots the Nova Corp are to trust a massacring bunch of prison escapees.

Lot of potential here, a great setting of space opera goodness, but it looks to me like the story was rushed.

Will I watch the second? Yes, gladly. I’m a sucker for this kind of stuff. I’m just hoping a little more thought goes into the next Guardians of the Galaxy.

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