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Guardians of the Galaxy [2014 film]

by James Gunn (Director / Screenwriter), Dan Abnett (Writer), Steve Englehart (Writer), Steve Gerber (Writer), Bill Mantlo (Writer)2 more, Nicole Perlman (Screenwriter), Jim Starlin (Writer)

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Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy's fate in the balance.… (more)
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Note: I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing with the lowest amount of bias.

The characters match their game counterparts, but the book is paced out in a way that prevented me from getting a firm grasp on what was happening and why I was supposed to be emotionally invested in it. The time keeps hopping back and forth but with the same characters, so it is difficult to keep track of what situation the heroes were in at any given time.

I listened to the audiobook version: I did not like the narrator though. His Gamora voice and his Kor-El voice hardly sounded any different and his switching between character voices wasn't very smooth. ( )
  thenthomwaslike | Jul 24, 2023 |
Slapstick action was kind of fun, but this movie is uneven and silly.
  themulhern | May 5, 2018 |
I am not convinced this is the best viewing for Christmas Day, but the (adult) kids insisted. Aside from the normal but crude language, and rather excessive violence (it is always more intense on screen than on a printed page), the story of burgeoning friendship, integrity, and love was legitimately inspiring, in a thoroughly secular way (or, as Mormons would put it, terrestrial - possibly telestial in this case) .
As one of the kids said, it is a cross of Galaxy Quest with Firefly.

I liked Drax the best, but it is easy to see why Groot is the folk hero.
Three stars is because I hate having all the action take place in dark spaces by characters in dark costumes: I cannot see what is happening.

I might have grokked it better if I had been more of a 1980s music fan. ( )
  librisissimo | Dec 25, 2015 |
Five space criminals join together and save the galaxy.

Funny, and a lot of fun. It doesn't do nearly so well with action as it does with humor, but the action scenes don't ever drag on for too long without something entertaining to relieve you from them.

Concept: B
Story: C
Characters: B
Dialog: A
Pacing: B
Cinematography: C
Special effects/design: A
Acting: B
Music: B

Enjoyment: A

GPA: 3.1/4 ( )
  comfypants | Nov 4, 2015 |
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Blessed with a loose, anarchic B-picture soul that encourages you to enjoy yourself even when you're not quite sure what's going on, the scruffy Guardians is irreverent in a way that can bring the first Star Wars to mind, in part because it has some of the most unconventional heroes this side of the Mos Eisley Cantina.
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Gunn, JamesDirector / Screenwriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abnett, DanWritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Englehart, SteveWritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Gerber, SteveWritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Mantlo, BillWritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Perlman, NicoleScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Starlin, JimWritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bates, TylerComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bautista, DaveActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blackehart, StephenActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brolin, Joshsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Close, GlennActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cooper, BradleyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Corlett, MaramaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, BenDirector Of Photography.secondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Del Toro, BenicioActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Denisof, AlexisActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Diesel, VinActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fairbank, ChristopherActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Fillion, Nathansecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gillan, KarenActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Green, SethActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gunn, SeanActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Haddock, LauraActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Henry, GreggActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoover, MikaelaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hounsou, DjimonActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kaufman, LloydActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kreiling, MeliaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lovibond, OpheliaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oleff, WyattActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pace, LeeActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pratt, ChrisActor.secondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Proctor, TomActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reilly, John C.Actorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rodney, AlexisActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rooker, MichaelActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russell, KurtActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Saldana, ZoeActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scanlan, Emmett J.Actorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schwartz, JonathanFilm Producer.secondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Serafinowicz, PeterActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

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