The embargo has lifted (in the UK anyway) on reviews for Marvel's upcoming space adventure, Guardians of The Galaxy. We have some quotes from the first write-ups to appear online for you to take a look at. General consensus? It's pretty damn great..


Unfortunately I can't share my review of Guardians Of The Galaxy until the 31st, but I can tell you that I loved it. The embargo has lifted on UK outlets however, and several have posted their thoughts online. Empire magazine gave the movie 4 out of a possible 5 stars, praising the titular heroic characters (Drax in particular), the soundtrack, and the enormous sense of sci-fi throwback fun. They do have some issues with the villains however, going so far as to refer to Thanos as "an embarrassment: a lantern-jawed CG ’toon blessedly only given a minute or so of screentime." But in summing up:

Colourful, tongue-in-cheek fun, purpose-built for grown-up lovers of kitsch ’80s science-fiction. But the Marvel formula is starting to feel, well, a little too formulaic.

Total Film also award 4 stars. They praise the film as Marvel's riskiest venture yet, but also have a few problems with the bad guys -- particularly an apparent lack of motivation for Lee Pace's Ronan The Accuser, and they call for more screen-time for his sidekick Nebula (Karen Gillan).

"As indebted to Serenity as it is Star Wars and Avengers Assemble, GOTG reboots the space opera in the most surprising, entertaining and emotionally satisfying of ways. It’s your move, Episode VII.

And it's 4 from Matt's Movie Reviews too:

"Gunn has also delivered a very well structured action movie, more than proving his worth as a blockbuster visualist who knows how to choreograph an action scene, yet do so to the beat of his own off-the-wall rhythm, where any amount of surprises can and will pop up to remind that this is not your conventional comic book sci-fi movie. Guardians of the Galaxy is another triumph for Marvel Studios. Many will not know much about the comic book it is based on going in, but be sure that afterwards plenty will be talking about the movie with much enthusiasm."

More reviews should be online soon so we'll update if there's any new opinions of note. In regards to the film being a bit formulaic..well, it is. Although, as has been pointed out several times, GOTG is risky and inventive in terms of tone and character, it doesn't really attempt anything new story-wise or in its overall structure. This is the Marvel way it seems...are we ok with that? Anyway, more from me on the 31st! What do you guys think of the first batch of reviews?
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Mrcool210 - 7/24/2014, 12:10 PM
Well good to hear its good, then again thor 2 got good reviews and i didn't particularly agree with those, so ill wait and see.
MightOfMagneto - 7/24/2014, 12:13 PM
5 days to go. :)
TheGambitFreak - 7/24/2014, 12:13 PM
The 17 minute preview was good. It'll be great. I think Thor 2 would've been fantastic had they gotten rid of Darcy. Well, her, and some of the other useless, time-wasting scenes.
DannyRand1225 - 7/24/2014, 12:16 PM
TheGambitFreak-i agree..those side human characters were lame and unfunny and actaully,i forwarded the scenes with them and i noticed without them, there isnt much humor in the film

good review..Dan Jolin from Empire is a much more indie guy and the guy who is more less enthusiastic about the MCU then someone like Helen or Chris.i listen to the podcast fairly often
Gusto - 7/24/2014, 12:17 PM
Hey! You be nice to Darcy and Darcy's huge tits!
GeekyCheekyChic - 7/24/2014, 12:21 PM
Sounding good for GOTG
can't wait to see the super secret after credits scene
ProfessorX - 7/24/2014, 12:22 PM
Any guesses for what the after credits scene might be?
DannyRand1225 - 7/24/2014, 12:22 PM
i personally havent seen a negative review of the film yet, the less i have seen it scored is 4 stars out of 5
DannyRand1225 - 7/24/2014, 12:23 PM
Gunn said the after credits scene adds a new element to the MCU
DrKinsolving - 7/24/2014, 12:24 PM
Nice, can't wait
Gusto - 7/24/2014, 12:25 PM

charlie2094 - 7/24/2014, 12:25 PM
Trust Empire, shame to hear about the villains...again and being 'formulaic'.

Still, pretty solid reviews, can't wait to see it!
Nomis - 7/24/2014, 12:26 PM
The last couple of features and tv spots have FINALLY got me more interested in this movie.

So Bring it on!!!! And hopefully I'll be pleasantly suprised by it!
sKeemAn - 7/24/2014, 12:26 PM
I cant wait for this. It will be good to me no matter what the reviews say.
DannyRand1225 - 7/24/2014, 12:27 PM
The MCU films have a formula, so do the DC films, Sony films and Fox films and as Tony said " Thats how Dad did it, thats how America does it and its worked out pretty well so far"
Gusto - 7/24/2014, 12:27 PM
I like when Nomis is pleasantly surprised.

Nomis - 7/24/2014, 12:28 PM
@ Gusto pic!

DannyRand1225 - 7/24/2014, 12:28 PM
charlie2094-every superhero film has soem sort of formula to it i have ehard other things,i have heard Ronan and Nebula especially are quite badass and that while it still follows the MCU formula somewhat, it does it in a way thats refreshing
NovaCorpsFan - 7/24/2014, 12:29 PM
`They were a bit harsh on Thanos, Jesus.
SpiderFraud - 7/24/2014, 12:29 PM
Two things sound like they might annoy the sh*t out of me, but I'll keep my faith going till I see the movie.
Gusto - 7/24/2014, 12:30 PM
LOL...which one? Bookman or Darcy?
DannyRand1225 - 7/24/2014, 12:31 PM
i think the only thing that might annoy me is that i hope the villains dont get killed off.they probabaly wil but i dont want them too
Franshu - 7/24/2014, 12:31 PM
I usually tend to agree with Empire's reviews, so it's a shame GOTG again falls in villain underdevelopment and a reiterative third-act final epic battle. But, hey, it's 4 out of 5 stars, so AWESOME.
SpiderFraud - 7/24/2014, 12:31 PM
They should just call the whole franchise "The Great McGuffin Chase".
Nomis - 7/24/2014, 12:32 PM
@ Gusto - LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Only about 20 % of the people on here knows how funny that Bookman pic is! :)
DannyRand1225 - 7/24/2014, 12:32 PM
man..Jolin was harsh on Thanos..i know the guy isnt all that into the MCU but he cant be that bad..People have said he is pretty cool
Franshu - 7/24/2014, 12:33 PM
When the formula starts to get old, it's time to change it.
DannyRand1225 - 7/24/2014, 12:33 PM
Spiderfraud-yeah, thats the problem when u are building a story line,e speically infinity gauntlet cause its a macguffin story
DannyRand1225 - 7/24/2014, 12:34 PM
Franshu-i agree but i have heard from reactions that this still follows it but in a way that is refreshing
kinghulk - 7/24/2014, 12:34 PM
every other review i have seen has praised ronan.
NovaCorpsFan - 7/24/2014, 12:35 PM
The reviews are good but Jesus, I can't get over the way he just described Thanos.
NovaCorpsFan - 7/24/2014, 12:35 PM
Well in that case, [frick] these critics.
DannyRand1225 - 7/24/2014, 12:36 PM
the only part of his motivation that people have said is unclear is his hate for Xandar but they have said he has his reasons..he is doing something he believes is right..i guess he was able to engage some people and not others
Gusto - 7/24/2014, 12:36 PM
Yeah...these damn kids just don't get it.
DrKinsolving - 7/24/2014, 12:37 PM
DannyRand1225 - 7/24/2014, 12:37 PM
Novacorpsfan-whats odd is that Thanos has also been praised aswell..again maybe its a taste thing cause i listen to the empire podcast fairly often and Jolin isnt a huge fan of this infinity gauntlet thing they arebuilding plus he is more into indie films which is fine
DannyRand1225 - 7/24/2014, 12:37 PM
anyway,i just hope the villains arent killed off cause i am starting to hate that now
DannyRand1225 - 7/24/2014, 12:38 PM
maybe the CG on Thanos is bad...oh man
SpiderFraud - 7/24/2014, 12:39 PM


I don't mind it at this point, since not every single one is based around it.

Marvel will shake it up once it gets tired out, hopefully.

I kinda just want them to switch up the 3rd acts of their movies, I'm tired of 30 minute battles of carnage.
DannyRand1225 - 7/24/2014, 12:40 PM
SpiderFraud-yeah i can see that but thats pretty much any superhero movie, TWS had that,MOS had that, DOFP was able to switch it up a little by cutting back and forth between past and future
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