Sunday, November 9, 2014

Good but not worth the hype

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014)

Produced By: Marvel
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Patt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace and others
Pros: Excellent SFX, good narrative
Cons: Incoherent plot
Rating: *** (3 of 5)

Ah, comic books movies, they're all the rage! For the comic book aficionados, they're a confirmation of the pride and glory of their childhood (and sometimes adult) heroes. For the rest, they're a fast and much cheaper way to enter those hallowed portals. Whichever way, you simply cannot ignore comic book movies. Guardians of the Galaxy received rather rave reviews and a great deal of hype and while it is a decent movie, it isn't that great either, certainly not as much as some reviewers and social media have made it out to be.

As is becoming increasingly common, the biggest asset of this movie is the wonderful use of special effects to dazzle and delight the audience. However, the audience does have a fatigue limit and eventually, this isn't enough to keep the cash registers ringing. Marvel, which has a rich repository of comic book stories, should be a little more picky about the stories it chooses to put on celluloid, because the biggest problem with this movie is the lack of a coherent plot. This is pretty similar to what the Transformers franchise has turned into, what one reviewer called an "and then, and then" plot - things just keep happening through a series of absolutely random coincidences and the viewer is expected to believe it all (but then, with comic books, you have to suspend some intelligence for entertainment).

However, in the end, the movie did have a good narrative and was quite straightforward to follow. And it is entertaining, if you enjoy the general genre. Is it in the same league as X-Men or The Avengers? Certainly not. But it is worth watching - once. (OTFS)

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