Sunday, August 3, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Review

WARNING: like most of the stuff on this blog, this review is not spoiler-free. If you haven't yet seen the film, bookmark this page and go out and see it. Read this review when you get back.

I, for one, knew absolutely nothing about the characters in this movie before going in. I'm not exactly a comic book aficionado, so most of what I knew came from the promo material. Like the other films, everything is explained in the dialogue, so this isn't a problem. Marvel does a good job of that.

Nebula will definitely be returning in the future. Whether it's in Agents of SHIELD or Guardians of the Galaxy 2, I don't know. In case you missed it, in the final fight scene, she hops into a Ravager ship and escapes. An ending like that means Marvel is keeping their options open. Of course, she's missing her left hand, but that shouldn't stop her. Whether she goes running home to daddy or off to do her own thing, we'll just have to find out.

We now have four of the six Infinity Gems. The first is the Tesseract, featured in Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers. It has the power to transport someone over long distances in space. The second, the Aether, (featured in Thor: The Dark World) has the ability to enhance people's physical powers. The mind gem was part of Loki's staff in The Avengers and grants its user telepathic powers. Also, in the end credits of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it was seen to have somehow created Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. The new one appears to react with organic matter to cause large scale destruction.

It'd be interesting to see what effect the new stone had on the aether during that explosion at Knowhere. As per the Dark World post credits scene, the Asgardians where keeping it there for safe keeping since "it is not wise to keep two infinity stones so close together". Unless the Collector shipped the aether off to Thanos, the two must have had some sort of reaction from being together. An infinity stone powered explosion must affect another infinity stone.

Peter Quill's father seems like he's going to be part of the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie. At the end of the movie, the Nova Corps revealed that Peter was only half human and that the other half was "something very ancient we haven't seen in a while". That implies that they have seen his species before and that they have at least some idea what he was. Also, Yondu said that he was hired to take Peter to his dad, which implies that knows where both Earth and Peter's dad are. Or at least that he knew where Peter's dad was 26 years ago.

One thing I noticed about Nova Corps is that everything seemed to have that star motif on it. Their uniforms and headquarters had the logo on it, which is to be expected, but it's really interesting that the land forms the pattern as well. In some of the shots, where we're looking down at the ground, the coastline seems to form the same pattern. I also detected a bit of color on their uniforms that seemed to resemble Starfleet command red. It's probably just my imagination, though. On other hand, I did see something that looked like rank pips.

The end credits sequence was LAME. Lame. Lame. Lame. Lame. Lame. All we got was a dog licking the Collector's face and Howard the Duck. I didn't even know what Howard the Duck was, I had to go and Google him. He had all of one line. It's not really worth sticking out the credits for, unless you have a thing for giant ducks.

I would have liked some more insight into the Nova-Cree conflict. About all we got was that they had recently signed a peace treaty and Ronan was upset with its terms. I suppose that's all we need, but I would have liked a bit more explanation into why Ronan wanted to destroy Xandar.

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