Friday, August 1, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy—my quicktake, no spoilers

I give it a 9 out of 10. What's strange is I don't think it's objectively as good as several other Marvel movies, yet my desire to see it again soon is stronger than it was with those movies. Maybe it's the popcorn effect: you're ready for more sooner.

If you like science fiction adventure comedies, you'll probably like this—it's a little Firefly, a little the best of Star Wars, a little Galaxy Quest. It will appeal to superhero fans, but it really isn't a superhero movie.

The script is a bit heavy-handed in a few places. That's okay, because those moments don't last for long.

The weakest performance is Zoe Saldana's. She looks great, but her take on the character seemed a bit soft. I didn't know what to expect from Karen Gillan, which may be why I was most impressed with her. Everyone else does fine work.

The Nova Corps is far more male than necessary. The Night Witches proved women can be mighty fine pilots in wartime.

Bring on the sequel!