i found the film entertaining although the fighting scenes felt strained and forced. a better film version of hitchikers guide to the galaxy except with more explosions, less absurdity, and not as funny.
The rare summer blockbuster in which I found myself listless during all the big, special FX-infused action sequences, eager for the film to get back to the parts where the characters stand around and talk to each other. Which may speak to James Gunn's unfamiliarity with action as much as it does his fun, oneliner-fueled script or the the cast's undeniable chemistry.
The most enjoyable Marvel production in years. I think I've even enjoyed it more than Avengers, which was already a great movie. I don't know, there's something about the fact that those characters aren't described as superheroes but as classic heroes that made the film stand out. It could've been a bit more extreme with the humor, maybe, but I enjoyed every bit of it nonetheless.
Despite the chaotic plot and franchise setting up sequences Marvel has delivered a slam bang entertainment here with memorable characters and plenty of BOOM. Performances are of little consequence here as the emphasis is put on the razzle dazzle of special effects and it certainly deserves respect for delivering on expectation. The CGI characters are the most endearing and expressive,,,that may be a critique.
Marvel settles into a formula: brilliantly written characters and inspired casting, let down by meh villains and noisy, empty third acts. Among the CGI spectacle, GotG's stroke of genius is a small prop: Quill's mixtape, which provides an emotional anchor, an earthly nostalgia, and genuinely funny moments. Hugely enjoyable, but like The Avengers I'd rather watch the characters sitting around riffing off each other.
Couldn't give a crap about the Marvel franchise or the cloyingly persistent Marvel Universe cross-overs, but this is the brand's first enjoyable foray in well over a decade. The familiar has overstayed its welcome; it's time for the more arcane stories to shine. I'd inch it up to 3.5 stars if I could.
Guardians is probably one of the funniest and most spectacular Marvel movies to date. Unfortunately the challenge comic book films today seem unable to meet is the element of surprise. Nothing happens here that we can't see coming from a mile away. Still an enjoyable film that provides plenty of good moments.
A truly ridiculous amount of fun. Guardians of the Galaxy is a nice if not necessary break from the ongoing Marvel Avengers build-up. Funny as all hell (mostly from Rocket, unexpectedly and almost equally from Drax) & just as gorgeous. Amazing soundtrack and great story, leaving just enough unanswered questions that left me wanting for the sequel. Great title sequence, too. I can't wait to see this again in theaters.