Okay, so let’s be honest: I wasn’t jumping at the chance to buy a ticket to see Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy upon seeing the first trailer for it, nor was I any further enticed after seeing several additional teasers and extended trailers. Though, I’m not one to turn down a free offer, and when I had the chance to check out the 17-minute screener recently (and in 3D IMax, for that matter), I attended.
Many of us thought (foolishly) that we were somehow being permitted to see the potential blockbuster film in its entirety...for free. I’m not sure why I was one of those people, knowing full well that it was only recently announced that Josh Brolin was cast as the voice of Thanos and that King of All Geekdom Nathan Fillion was filming a cameo. Anyway, we quickly learned that wasn’t true, but we did get some pretty sweet posters to bring home nonetheless.
So anyway, on to the movie. The screener essentially consisted of one longer scene from the film, coupled with a few montages consisting of other scenes soon to come. From the one scene we did watch, you could see where the corny humor (which, I’ll just say, feels downright awkward at times) does fit, making this not-your-typical-Marvel-movie.
Zoe Saldana, who plays the strikingly beautiful (albeit green) Gamora, described it best when she said in a recent interview that James Gunn’s Guardians is essentially a dark comedy, and that the main characters are “like the Rolling Stones” of the Marvel universe. After seeing the screener, I can honestly say that I couldn’t describe it better than that.
Gamora is as sharp with her tongue as she is with a weapon, while Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) is as cheesy as you would expect an animated raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper to be. Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star Lord is likable enough, though I cringe every time I see him getting tazed to Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling.” It’s simply not funny, not in any way. Neither is John C. Reilly calling the crew “A-Holes” after Quill just gave him the finger. Who says “a-holes” anymore? Maybe it’s just his character? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Vin Diesel as Groot only says one phrase - “I am Groot” - which becomes surprisingly adaptable to a situation, depending on his tone (and that includes comedy). The only one who didn’t register with me was Drax the Destroyer (played by Dave Bautista). I just couldn’t get a good enough read on the character to determine whether or not he is likeable.
I’m excited to see Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser. I loved him in Pushing Daisies and especially in the Hobbit films, so I’m looking forward to seeing him take on another fantasy role. Other worthy-of-mentions include Michael Rooker as Yondu (or as I’ve seen him called online, “Space Merle”) and Doctor Who's Karen Gillan as Nebula who, unfortunately, hasn’t gotten a lot of screen time really in any of the released trailers. It’s probably safe to say the same applies to the film, too.
At the end of the screener was yet another trailer consisting of an epilepsy-inducing montage, though setting it to The Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb” and coupling it with 3D glasses convinced me to fork over that ticket money that was otherwise resting comfortably in my wallet. See you soon, Guardians!