Film #140: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

gotgDirector: James Gunn
Language: English
Length: 121 minutes
Watched on: 7 Jan 2015

I haven’t watched that many of the Marvel movies – indeed, I’ve been rather ambivalent about most of them. I’ve watched most of the X-Men movies, but have entirely avoided The Avengers. I’d seen this film, and its characters and lines quoted a lot throughout last year, and had also been ambivalent about seeing it. But eventually, pop culture gets the better of me, and I ended up watching this when I had the chance on the plane coming back to Japan this January.

The story is that of based on a not very well-known comic from the 80s – it concerns Chris Pratt’s character, who is kidnapped by aliens as a kid and grows up as a bounty hunter or bandit of some kind in a futuristic world. It’s fairly standard wish-fulfilment fare in that regard, and the movie plays it up with an 80s soundtrack. Pratt, in his lovable rogue role, teams up with several other misfits and they chase after a MacGuffin.

I guess I didn’t think it was that special, personally. Not that I didn’t like it, but it seems to have struck a chord with the mainstream nerd population, and for me, it was a fairly run-of-the-mill sci-fi-action film.

I liked the inventive races in the story – perhaps the most interesting were the team of the talking raccoon and his strongman walking tree mate Groot. Groot is the only character whose name I remember, and that’s because his only line is “I am Groot” – actually a unique character trait, but one that I didn’t fully understand the reasoning behind.

But aside from that, while the movie was fun to watch, it was a confusing mess of factions and races, and I lost track while watching it. Not a bad way to spend a couple of hours though.

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