Movie Review – Guardians Of The Galaxy – The Marvel Movie that Changed Everything

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Guardians Of The Galaxy was awesome fun; plenty of humor, amazing visuals, and great action sequences. Best of all the story and acting bring everything together in a suspenseful climax.

I often complain that many action movies are too short but that’s not a problem in GOTG. Excluding the credits the movie is about 1:54 long. The story moves along at a rapid pace and the action sequences are just the right length. That’s another area where many movies fail: their action sequences are either too short and choppy or long and tedious. I think James Gunn, the director, nailed it.

The character and relationship development are extremely well done. I never felt like the relationships were forced for the sake of compression.

One thing that I didn’t like is that some of the dialog is difficult to understand. There were numerous lines that I just couldn’t make out because of background noise. I’m looking forward to watching this on DVD so I can rewind over those scenes and try to make out what was said.

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The movie also jumps right into the action early on, introducing new characters that have a long and complicated background. It wasn’t immediately clear who was the real bad guy and what their motivation was. Note: I haven’t read any of the comics so I’m coming into this fresh. However I have seen all the Marvel movies and the Easter eggs that relate to GOTG.

There’s no question this is a fun movie that builds on the Marvel universe. Now raise your hand if you’re counting down the days until The Avengers 2 – slated for May 1st 2015.

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