In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. – IMDb
Full disclosure…I am not very confident in how successful this movie is going to be with general audiences. Sure , if you are a comic aficionado or just an overall geek like me you are extremely jazzed about this movie and feel that August can’t get here soon enough. However, methinks that Marvel is gonna have a hard sell with this one because, and this is just from the trailer and some interviews with director James Gunn, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is not the film that a lot of people are expecting or hoping it will be especially after that dismal and cheesy after credits scene that was included in THOR 2.
As a fan of Gunn I am fully aware of the director’s love of all things 80s and his irrevenrent sense of humor so when I see that first shot of Burt Maclin, FBI getting busted while attempting to steal an artifact and being totally dismissed I knew exactly what this movie was going to be like. This aint the new STAR WARS space opera, folks. Instead it is going to be more in the vein of Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY (tell me you didn’t get full on Capt. Mal Reynolds vibes from Star-Lord) mixed with a healthy dose of FARSCAPE. And those are influences I am perfectly happy with.
So I am pretty damn pleased with what I have seen and what I am expecting to see in August but I do have two superficial complaints that stand out among all of the really amazing looking visuals (like Amy Pond looking totally bad ass as Nebula) this trailer provided. I am not digging the facial prosthesis on Zoe Saldana. She’s mint green, folks! That satisfies the whole “she’s an alien” aspect more than enough. And the coloring of Drax looks really muddy so that the tattoos don’t stand out as tattoos but instead look like burn scars. But those are really tiny complaints for a movie that I am eager to see and really hope is a big success like the rest of Marvel’s films instead of a beautiful clunker like SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD ended up being.