This was an interesting experience for me, because I actually knew basically nothing about the Guardians of the Galaxy before the movie was announced. I mean, I had heard the name, and I knew the basics of who Star Lord, Groot and Rocket Racoon were, but I had never really read any of it and had very little frame of reference for the tone and characters. Now I know how all you non-geeks must feel every time you go see a comicbook movie. Anyway, this movie fucking rules. It kind of falls victim to common action movie traps, such as being super predictable. Everyone knows they’ll eventually stop fighting and agree to work together, everyone knows that such and such character didn’t actually die when you tried to make us think they died, ect. But it manages to be fun, exciting, and super entertaining, and the world and characters are unique enough that it does legitimately feel fresh. But the one thing I really appreciate about this movie is that it feels as though it’s its own movie, instead of just filler between Avengers movies. Don’t get me wrong, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World were both solid movies, but I doubt they could stand alone without the rest of the marvel cinematic universe to support them. That’s absolutely not true for Guardians. In fact, it kind of feels like it’s the starting point of it’s entire own tangent of the universe, with the Nova Corps and the Kree Empire and everything that gets introduced. They could make a whole series of cosmic marvel movies centred around these characters, and as Kevin Fiege has hinted at in several interviews, that is what they intend to do. Shit, I would totes be down for a Nova movie. Or maybe even something with the Skrulls? The point is that this movie is awesome, and I now have total faith in the people at marvel studios to keep things fresh and interesting at least for another few movie seasons.
Overal Rating: The Howard The Duck Cameo Literally Made My Life/10