Just Watched: Guardians of the Galaxy

Okay, let me start off by saying that most of the feelings I have for this movie have already been expressed by Chuck Wendig. Go read it. I can wait.

Done? Okay. That should give you an idea of how incoherent most of this is going to seem.

Let me preface this “review” (quotation marks because this is far from academic) by saying that the sci-fi/superhero movies this year have so far made me so very VERY happy to be a geek. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was so good that I couldn’t get over it for at least a week – my father and sister confessed to wandering the mall aimlessly after watching that movie because they didn’t know what to do with themselves. “Amazing Spider-Man 2” may not have been appealing to everyone, but damn if it didn’t do an excellent character portrait of Spider-Man. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” was so solidly comic book-y without being confusing that it kicked off a conversation about time travel/time lines with the significant other (which included a slightly nostalgic trip down “Back to the Future” lane). Hell, even “Edge of Tomorrow” was pretty good despite it featuring the increasingly-creepy Tom Cruise; although I admit that his repeated death may have enhanced my enjoyment of that movie.

And now “Guardians of the Galaxy” has taken the fun adventure romps of old and made them awesome again. And it didn’t do it by taking the “I’m so cool and shit” approach. It did it by being unapologetically sentimental.

If you’ve watched this, then you know what I mean. If you haven’t, then let me just say that most of the story details of this movie would have come off as ridiculously cheesy – except that this all happened in outer space, to a bunch of fairly complex cast of misfits. It very bravely wears its heart on its sleeve, and it pays off (don’t believe the naysayers). It’s downright inspiring, I tell you.

I love this movie so much that I’m going to try and see it a couple of more times (I was going to watch it twice anyway because I want to see it with my boyfriend even though I already saw it with my dad and sister; and I want to watch this by myself again, if I can afford it). Yes, I’m actually throwing money at it. I haven’t had this much fun since Pacific Rim.

So what else can I say about this movie? Before we get to that, I strongly suggest that you visit Nina Sandejas’ blog and start playing her GotG playlist (I’m playing it as I write this review). If you don’t have Spotify, then go with this instead:

Ready? I hope you don’t mind spoilery bits.

Then come on get your love, come on get your love, come on get your love, now…

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