Nomis Review of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY **** Contains Spoilers *****

Nomis Review of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY **** Contains Spoilers *****

Is Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy really the "Next Star Wars for a New Generation" or should Marvel have focus their time and money elsewhere?

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By Nomis - 7/31/2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Well, Guardians of the Galaxy has open in North America with great reviews from the critics and crowds alike. However for me going into this movie it had three negatives before I saw frame one.

1. I didn't understand Marvel's decision to make this movie when more prominent and well known and fan favorite characters have not receive a movie like the Sub Mariner,  Black Panther or if they wanted to go "cosmic", Nova , for what seem to be a movie based on a cheap marketing plan by DISNEY to sell Rocket Raccoon toys.

 2. This is NOT the Guardians of the Galaxy I remember in the comics when I was growing up. Known as the "Avengers' of the 31st Century. 

Star lord was not a member. Neither was a walking, talking tree or a rodent with an attitude or any other character in this movie for that matter.

The only member of that team was Yondu and he seems to be regulated to a side characters from the trailers and apparently has cut his very prominent fin off his head!

3. From the trailers it look like it was going to be one big movie full of one-liners and a lot of nonsensical fluff that don't have any weight and only serve the purpose of advertising future Marvel movies and not stand on its own right.

However, after some of the more recent previews shown here and reading the rave "professional" reviews online,  I was slowly being turned in favor for what might be the surprise movie of the year and what some reviewers have said is one of the best of the year.

And I was aware that times and MARVEL comics have changed and the comics version of GOTG now consist of these members that this movie is based upon so It would not be fair on my part to dismiss movie based what could just be me waxing poetically about the past.

So I went hoping my fears and negatives that I had in regards to this movie before seeing it would be done away with after seeing what was starting to have some solid hype surrounding the movie. 

Unfortunately, they were not. 

The movie start off well with the death of Peter Quill (Star Lord) mother from what is more than likely cancer (or a slight nod at Moon Dagon) and his fears seeing her in such a weaken state ( something I can relate too) that is very powerful and truly heartfelt and sad. 

However Peter's kidnapping by space raiders after running out the hospital once she's dead is done so  "matter of fact" that if you blink you wouldn't know it jump 26 years later and now on another planet.

And then my preconcieved fears about the movie became a harsh reality when Starlord start to dance while out on a bounty on a planet that has been destroyed. 

And apparently the want-to- be-more known Star Lord solution for handling any trying situation is to dance his way off in the spirit of Kevin Bacon from 'Footloose".

Even in the climactic  battle against Ronan he has a dance off with him as a distraction that a is one of the most cringe worthy scenes in a comic book movie since Batman's credit card in 'Batman and Robin' , Peter Parker dancing in downtown New York or the reveal of the Mandarin as Trevor Slattery in iron Man 3.

Still, Chris Pratt does a decent job as Peter Quill/Star Lord and is at time charming in the role, but for most of the part he's just annoying

After showing how much he don't give a damn about anything but a reward, when he try to "rally the troops" to give a damn, it comes off as flat and hollow

Zoe Saldana is just as lifeless as Gamora in the movie. I swear I thought she was sleepwalking during some of the scenes. And they need to get her in the gym because she looks more like waif model in green paint than a warrior child of Thanos.

I give Pratt credit for getting buff for the role, why couldn't they have the same clause in Saldana contract? 

But in all fairness to Zoe neither of the "women warriors" had the look of an assassin. Karen Gillian was just a walking excuse for a great makeup up job as Nebula, but almost as boring as Saldana. 

Their fight for the right of Thanos most deadly "off spring" is so forgettable that really was not worth mentioning.

Dave Batista as Drax have some moments of inspiration, practically with his all too literal dialogue, but comes up short as a "The Destroyer' because he doesn’t win a single hand to hand fight in the whole movie, not one!

And what's slowly and unfortunately becoming a staple for Marvel movies is that the main antagonist is about as undeveloped as a set prop.

Lee Pace looks amazing as Ronan and is scary as him at parts, especially when he accepts the (assuming) soul gem into his body and threatens Thanos.

But like Malekith in Thor: TDW, he is about as two dimensional as your standard "villain of the week" in any cookie cutter TV crime drama.

Please, someone explain to me his impetus for wanting to destroy Xanda and why he is so against a peace treaty of sorts?

And John C. Reily (who I usually love) as Rhoman Dey was just a waste and a crime against the character from the comics. They really should have found someone who could have at least join in the action with the Guardians in the climatic Battle on Ronan ship.

Which brings me to my biggest complaint(s) about the movie? The humor.

Yes there are some funny moments in the movie but for the most part it felt forced and it diluted the more "serious" parts to being just a set up for more fluffy humor.  

And while I think Comic book movies need some levity to break up the minutia of any long drawn out dialogue that explains how dire the situation is, but their need to be a balance and this movie was trying to beat my head over with humor.

And the less said about that stupid dancing baby tree at the end the better. Ugh. Horrible

However not all is bad, I will give credit where it's due.

The relationship between Groot and Rocket is GREAT and is one of the only redeeming qualities about the movie. Bradley Copper was the perfect choice to voice Rocket and is really funny.

Not to mention his concern for Groot as he sacrifice himself for the team is heartfelt and the line Groot says that deviate from his standard one liner was a pleasant surprise.

Josh Brolin as Thanos is an all too short appearance was amazing!

I didn’t think he would fit the part when first announce but look at that scene when Thanos address Ronan from an image against the wall of Ronan's lair and only see his face is absolutely beautiful and terrifying at the same time.

And Michael Rooker as Yondu was amazing in s and I wished he would've been the main star of the movie. He steals every scene he's in and has one of the coolest killing weapons seen in a long time.

Although I thought when he used it against when surrounded by Ronan men/alien things that one of them would've shot him down while it was flying through the air and even when it went to destroy their ship.  I mean, c'mon, it wasn’t going that fast.

This movie felt like "The Fifth element" to me (another movie billed as the Next Star Wars for a new Generation) and at any time I was expecting Chris Tucker to come out wearing one of those ridiculous outfits yelling right into the camera.

Marvel should've have spent their time and money on a Sub Mariner, Black Panther movie or even a Nova movie.

Verdict: A somewhat entertaining movie that tries too hard to be funny and heart felt at the same time but comes off as neither. 

2 out of 5 Stars.

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batz11 - 8/1/2014, 12:54 AM
Damn Nom...



I for one absolutely loved it, I "got" the b-movie, sci-fi vibe and a cbm that didn't take itself too seriously, but I also believe in to each their own...
joppida - 8/1/2014, 1:26 AM
Snob
gamecreatorjj - 8/1/2014, 2:27 AM
Great movie. I went in expecting James Gunn's take on a goofy far out sci fi comic, and I got exactly that. The humor and comedy was done leagues better than the avengers, for how little we saw of him, Ronan was a pretty cool villain, [frick]ing Howard the Duck, man. This rests beside Winter Soldier as my top MCU film. It makes me wonder why they even make superhero movies that aren't cosmic, or aren't about captain america. If this is what happens when Marvel gives free reign to their directors, then I worry for Ant-man.
Starkasm - 8/1/2014, 4:36 AM
You just don't get it.
DarthMauve - 8/1/2014, 5:05 AM
What's it like to be dead inside Nomis?

I honestly feel sorry for you that were unable to enjoy this film.
0megaDaGod - 8/1/2014, 5:25 AM
While I completely disagree with this review, I will say that the portrayal and usage of Ronan was a huge sore spot for me throughout the film

He wasn't bad, but just knowing that THAT was all we were gonna get out of him was very disappointing. Dude shouldn't have died, and he DEFINITELY should not have been the one to really kill Ronan's family
MightyZeus - 8/1/2014, 5:45 AM
Aww man. I actually thought you'd like this movie. To be fair i'm sure in the future a Guardians fil will focus on the team from the 31st Century with Yondu and ect. I'm mostly familiar with the team from the 2008 GOTG run and i'm actually happy this film got made.

I've also been hearing that the villain was not all that great which sounds disappointing. I'm still waiting for a really awesome villain in the MCU like Loki.

I don't hate your review.
0megaDaGod - 8/1/2014, 5:49 AM
kill *Drax's* family
NovaCorpsFan - 8/1/2014, 5:53 AM
I don't even know how someone couldn't like the movie, so I'm not gonna try and argue because I'm blinded by how awesome it was.
DatNerdyKid - 8/1/2014, 6:09 AM
Guys, give ol' @Nomis a bit of a break. I personally don't like 'Spider-Man 2' (not referring to TASM2 if you were wondering), 'The Avengers', or 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' (bores me to death). If he doesn't like the movie, he should be allowed to not like the movie and not receive criticism and ridicule for this. He is seeing the various negatives he states from HIS point of view-but everyone has different eyes and different minds, and sees things differently to one another.

Now back to the topic of the film, I saw it today and absolutely LOVE it. It has become my favourite MCU film to date (taking IM3's spot). I will agree that the villains were quite...meh-Nebula really doesn't do a whole lot till the third act and Ronan was disappointing, considering the character's moral complexity in the comics-but those are really my only negatives. I instantly started laughing my ass off when Quill started dancing on Morag, and I couldn't control myself-this is the one Marvel movie I have laughed the most in. The soundtrack rocked, Batista completely exceeded my expectations, and I really just wanted to go up and give Groot a hug by the end. 9/10
Desrow - 8/1/2014, 6:18 AM
Nomis has being hyping this movie snce the announcement, is a 3 of 5 stars movie to me.
Pasto - 8/1/2014, 6:23 AM
This review gets a thumb from me because Nomis.
JohnCarter - 8/1/2014, 6:23 AM
5 out of 5 to me. I knew Gunn was the right man for the job.
Nomis - 8/1/2014, 6:40 AM
Thanks guys for the feedback, both for and against my opinion of the movie. :)

I really wanted to be proven wrong with this movie, but all the concerns I had about it from the beginning was painfully obvious when after seeing it.
0megaDaGod - 8/1/2014, 7:05 AM
I think too, that if you do or don't like The Fifth Element, or movies like it, that you probably won't enjoy this movie. Especially if you prefer your CBMs to embrace only a certain level of goofiness

I would try picking up a few issues of the DnA run from 2008, and then looking at the movie thru that scope

It changes A LOT. Can't believe they pulled this one off
Nomis - 8/1/2014, 7:11 AM
@ Yoss - LOL!!!! Am I one of those 12? ;)

Nomis - 8/1/2014, 7:39 AM
@ 0megaDaGod - NO, I was not a fan of "the fifth Element'. It was too over the top for me.

And I generally feel that when the comedy overshadows any of the suspense or drama in a superhero movie, it waters down the intensity of the movie or a scene.

For example: Star Lord ridiculous dancing to distract Ronan after the ship crash made Groot sacrifice feel like an after thought.
Gusto - 8/1/2014, 8:35 AM
Damn. Pretty harsh.
I'm goin' tomorrow.
Gusto - 8/1/2014, 8:42 AM




Nomis - 8/1/2014, 8:50 AM
@ Gusto - You know after seeing that movie last night, I welcome your constant barrage of your Justin Beaver pics to help me realize it could'e been worse! ;)
AlternateNo4 - 8/1/2014, 9:04 AM
though i think i enjoyed it a little more than nomis, i agree with the points he makes. I don't have a deep knowledge of these characters (DC avatar, duh)... so changing them around, messing with the lineup, whatever. That stuff didn't bug me. But all the comedy is killing me.

I really enjoyed the MCU up to and including the Avengers (Thor was shaky but still good). But i have to admit that as the Phase 2 MCU has gone farther and farther down the comedy road, i've been losing interest. Winter Soldier was a welcome relief but this one was way over the top for me. Like, MORE comedic than the Fifth Element. Never a sense of peril. Maybe that's what the comics were like but in a movie it felt hollow.

Don't get me wrong I laughed, and the visuals were awesome, and it was fun and on that level it works fine, but it's no Firefly. If they make Nova (or if the gods smile and WB reboots GL) I hope they take it more seriously.
blackandyellow - 8/1/2014, 9:16 AM
One of my fraternity brothers once told us that his favorite movie was Footloose. That's when we began to suspect that he was gay. Even though he's married with a kid now I still have my doubts.
bladenite78 - 8/1/2014, 9:19 AM
The whole article starts ripping the movie apart before it had even been seen. Completely biased, which while most can not avoid that particular emotional pitfall in the first place it is a critic's job to do so. So I dunno, its hard to relate to care what you say when you start so negative, because all I think is you are looking for the flaws, you want it to fail so you can say "SEE SEE you should have made a brooding batman like serious NOVA MOVIE!!"
DrunkenNukem - 8/1/2014, 9:28 AM
Damn @Nomis..you were kinda harsh with it...well i need to see it..but i hear its a good movie

Anyway nice review!
Nomis - 8/1/2014, 9:40 AM
@ bladenite78 - Did you read where I said I was getting WON over buy the reviews and clips i had seen and was not going to not let my preconceived notion about the film sway my opinion?

I really didn't want it to "fail". i was hoping that my concerns would be unfounded.

I support and want the best from every Comic book movie, but from my perspective the flaws greatly overshadow the positive.
Nomis - 8/1/2014, 9:56 AM
@ DrunkenNukem - Thanks. Just my opinion, it's not absolute.
Ranger14 - 8/1/2014, 11:16 AM
The first two points pretty much lost me. Obviously, Marvel made the right decision by using a much more marketable team that would appeal more to the general audience than a Black Panther and Submariner would and this is the GOTG right from the comics. Perhaps not the very first, original comic, but it didn't need to be. I'm not really surprised you didn't like the film. I never thought you would.
AlternateNo4 - 8/1/2014, 1:01 PM
and of course Ranger14 is right... Marvel made their decisions based on what they thought people would enjoy and, ultimately, spend money on. and i don't think Disney is to blame... it's obvious that Marvel Studios has a winning recipe, and "the people" obviously like one-liners and dancing and whatever.

I just hope they don't do the same thing to every new franchise. Funny is fun but i see Nomis' point and I agree... i want some "dark and gritty" too. I'd love it if Cap stayed Bourne-y and Panther tackled real issues in African society, but the more these comedies earn the less chance of that we'll get. It would suck if it wound up being DC=grim and serious and Marvel=colorful and comedic, but that's exactly where i think we're headed.
Klone - 8/1/2014, 1:55 PM
Excellent review.
Gruff - 8/1/2014, 3:16 PM
Agree about Drax, he was everyone's punching bag. Beside that though GOTG was awesome!
wavehunter - 8/1/2014, 4:15 PM
For the most part I agree with the review. Although I found it a bit more entertaining than Nomis. 3 out 5 for me.
Namor - 8/1/2014, 4:27 PM
Why even write a review? You all ready stated you were whining about it because this was not the GOTG that you grew up with?

I just got back from this film and i'll tell anyone who goes into this film with a open mind and not bias like Nomis, will love it. It was utterly fantastic in every sense of the word!
bladenite78 - 8/1/2014, 4:54 PM
@Nomis. I read the entire review, I just find it difficult to to give it any credence once you have already bashed so many things about the movie before you saw it. The fact that you were "won over" by critics talking is not the same as coming to the movie with a neutral perspective. If you were neutral then you would not have had any of the preregistered negativity that begins the entire article. That said, its not your thing, I salute you for sticking to your guns and liking what you like. Personally I find the dark, gritty..everybody has to be batman approach just as boring as the funny one.
LittleDanglyThing - 8/1/2014, 5:29 PM
@Nomis How much do you think you know about Guardians of the Galaxy? Because this is the same team from the aftermath of Annihilation Conquest... Yes Rocket Racoon, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot and then there's the ones that didn't make it in the movie Mantis, Adam Warlock, Moon Dragon and a few others. This is the Guardians of the Galaxy dude.
CW - 8/1/2014, 5:50 PM
Suck it @Nomis You closed minded nerds are what is wrong with the world today. If these kind of movies are "too over" the top for you then don't go to them. Stay home and read your funny books or watch The Dark Knight Rises, I'm sure you loved how they treated the characters in that putrid movie. I will watch as the comic book culture GLORIOUSLY evolves and I'll be having a blast the entire time!
CaptShipwreck - 8/1/2014, 6:14 PM
Harry ford for star lord's dad
thingrock4 - 8/1/2014, 6:41 PM
Dude you are obviously 12 years old and drunk..or probably high because 99% of what you say is BullShit!!! This movie is one for cinematic immortality and suck. And if you want to argue-I could forgeet more about Marvel and Movies than you have ever known....AND IF YOU'RE NOT DOWN WITH THAT-IGOT TWO WORDS FOR YA..........SUCK IT!!!!!!!!
thingrock4 - 8/1/2014, 6:46 PM
Drax beat the shit out of one of Ronan's Korath!!! He [frick]in killed him!!
Nomis - 8/1/2014, 6:48 PM
@ LittleDanglyThing - I'm talking about the original Guardians that start in the late '60s til the around 2000.

The members were Major Vance Astro, Martinex, Pluto, Charlie 27, YYondu, StarHawk and Nikki

These are the ones from the comics I grew up on!


Nomis - 8/1/2014, 6:49 PM
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