(While I will not technically spoil anything, you are are particularly sensitive to spoilers, I may tread some ground you’d rather leave virgin. You’ve been warned.)
As in The Avengers awesome, but with more comic relief. I really love a series that doesn’t take itself too serious (Nolan’s Batman excepted) so this is a big plus for me. Maybe I like it more than The Avengers…I don’t know. Maybe.
I should say that while I have some pedigree as a comics nerd, it’s by no means impressive. Prior to announcements for this movie, I was unaware of the GotG, so anything here comes from a relative newb, despite a decent knowledge of other parts of the Marvel Universe.
Not to belabor the trailers and similar promotions, the Guardians of the Galaxy are essentially a group of outlaws that band together—on screen rather than before the action—towards a similar goal. But of course they find a reason to stay together and so on. Duh. Much like the Avengers.
So this film centers on Peter Quill of Terran birth, taken just after the death of his mother, Gamora, a modified soldier and assassin, Rocket Raccoon, a genetically modified raccoon badass, Groot, his anthropomorphic tree-humanoid muscle, and Drax the Destroyer, a grieving vigilante looking for justice for his family. A quick look at Wikipedia says that their back-stories were barely scratched in the movie, yet each was well yet sparingly developed on screen. There are plenty of other characters besides, but let’s move on in the interest of brevity and…well…interest.
I could give endless synopsis and go on and on, I”m sure, but instead I came up with an idea while watching for cataloging those elements I really enjoyed—somewhat extraneous to the plot at times—and adding to the list as the movie went on. Find an element, reduce it to a word, repeat the mantra.
There is plenty else to love in Guardians of the Galaxy, not least the amazing actions sequences and well-developed alien worlds and ships, but I’ll leave it there. If you have any interest in action blockbusters or comics or comedic action flicks, this is definitely one to see on the big screen.
EDIT: Great piece at io9 that elaborates and points to differences in teh book and film canons.
I have this feeling lately that TV is getting worse (it isn’t) and that writers on many show are relying more and more on terrible cliches and crap groupthink (they aren’t).
I’m wrong. The sky is always falling except that it isn’t. So why is so much of the popular genre TV suddenly dissatisfying? Easy, so much of it is exactly the same as it ever was. It’s the viewer (me, in this case, but I’m sure this happens to tons of folks every day) who has finally reached a point where they are no longer willing to ignore lazy writing. And stereotypes. And common sense/logic/beliefs that just won’t die. And flat characters. One could go on and on.
I think what has happened, for me at least, is two fold. First, I’ve reached a point that I think many, many others beat me to long ago. I hit a threshold, where I’ve seen and read enough that cliches and tropes and bad writing are utterly transparent. Once seen, the threshold will not be unseen.
Second, I’ve found elements of genre and storytelling that, for me at least, work really well. I know what I want or need out of sffh and television in general and I’m unwilling to settle for the crap anymore.
What this has to lead to is tightened strictures around what I spend my time on. Just as I learned years ago when to call it quits on a book and when to give up on a movie, I may finally have found my way to a working list of reasons to drop a show, even when it promises to get better.
This is by no means exhaustive and the list is sure to grow, but for now, here are sure fire reasons to pull the trigger and drop that tired old crap.
What do you think? This isn’t really a negative. There is so much out there that finding a way to weed it down is a net positive. Even so, its a shame to see a show/story/film kill itself the slowest way possible.
What tired garbage sends you running for the remote/keyboard to clear the screen before another minute passes?
Not much to say except I have official grown sick pervasive and ubiquitous link-baiting. This is an evil we must fight and one that won’t go away unless we stop biting.
Vote with your click. Stop the painful overuse of link-baiting today.
I’m sort of a routine oriented guy. This is something I’ve known a long time but I appreciate it even more after giving myself time off from routines and finding how difficult it can get back into doing even those activities that I love after hiatus. The routine doesn’t just make them manageable, it ensures that I get to the things I want.
We all hit an impasse at times when we feel we have to give something up to try something new. Or else we have to let one things slide to pay proper attention to another. I want to spend time with my lady, and my friends, and my pets. I want to read and write daily and exercise regularly and be proactive at work and develop my career skills for the future. I want to cook more and keep the house clean for my sanity and fight the impulse to act entirely on a schedule so that surprise wonderfuls can happen.
I am not alone in any or in fact all of this.
Then we find some new thing that we want to try, and it’s gonna require some practice. Or maybe its something we’ve always wanted to get around to. Like the common lament, “I wish I had time to read,” the answer is that you do. But you have to make priorities. You can’t do it all but you can figure out what is most important and focus on those, perhaps at the expense of all else.
I’ve been dying to start brewing for years now. I adore beer—in case that hasn’t come across yet—and the scientific and arty cook parts of me want to dive in and start making things as I wish. I have still only accumulated a couple of the pieces I need. Something else always takes my time or money. I’m really ready for that to start. I’m ready to reshuffle some things to allow the brewing to come in.
But I’d also really like to start volunteering, preferably with the prison system. (Please don’t read that as for them. I want to help prisoners, not legislators and wardens and those that profit from the system. I have very strong feelings in this regard.) I’d also like to start taking time to meditate.
All of these require a significant commitment of time. At least one of them has to come soon. Here’s hoping I can figure out how to shoehorn in more.What tasks have you been putting off? What have you always wanted to do if only the time would present itself? Maybe we can make a pact? Maybe I commit to you to doing something new that I’ve always wanted to try and you do the same to me and we keep each other honest? What do you think?