Greetings Manic Fans. Les here to talk about â€œGuardians of the Galaxy.â€(Just picked it up on DVD, and all I can say is AWESOME!!!!!!). Ahem….anyway, getting back on the topic. I think this film may just be more fun to watch than â€œThe Avengers.â€-which is really saying something IMHO. I have no idea if the film was faithful to the comic itâ€™s based on, but if it is…Iâ€™m gonna start reading it. There are so many things about this superhero film that break all the cliches in superhero films. And so, Iâ€™m going to list my top 12 favorite things about â€œGuardians of the Galaxy.â€
Warning: Spoilers and random cool stuff ahead…
12. Howard the Duck
Iâ€™m not kidding!…stay until the end of the credits and Freaking HOWARD THE DUCK has a cameo admonishing Tanaleer Tivan, the collector(Benicio Del Toro), for letting Cosmo the wonder dog lick his face. I didnâ€™t think that character would ever see the light of day again after George Lucas crucified him back in the 1980â€™s!
11. Starlordâ€™s(Chris Pratt) obsession with the walkman and cassette tape of awesome tunes vol. 1
Maybe itâ€™s just my perspective as a music lover, but I think itâ€™s just perfect how after breaking out of prison, he goes back in after the quartermaster whoâ€™d pocketed his tape and walkman instead of putting them in the impound. Never mess with another manâ€™s tunes, my friends….especially if theyâ€™re the only heirloom from a deceased mother.
10. Rocket(Bradley Cooper) and his sense of humor
Sarcastic, confrontational, trigger happy and brilliant…as well as being a genetically altered cybernetic raccoon with all the attitude in the Universe gets you Rocket. I love this character who steals almost all his scenes. He also has a wicked sense of humor. â€œAll we need to complete this plan is….THAT GUYâ€™s EYE!….seriously…I need it snicker….Itâ€™s important to me…hee! hee!â€
9. Ronan(Lee Pace) dispatching Thanosâ€™ aide
I cheered this moment. I didnâ€™t like that obnoxiously arrogant bastard when he was talking down to Loki in â€œThe Avengers,â€ and the way he kept interrupting Ronan was really starting to grate on my nerves. When Ronan used his power mallet to turn that blue hooded freakâ€™s head backwards to kill him it was magnificent!
8. Drax(Dave Baustida) comforting Rocket
When Rocket breaks down after the final battle that killed Groot, the big guy sits down and softly pets his head. These two have been hating each other through most of the film, and this moment is surprisingly tender without being â€œsappy.â€
7. The Dialogue of this film was smartly paced and wickedly funny
Corpsman Dey(John C Reily): â€œNova Prime, I received a message from one of the Ravagers. He says that Ronan is in possession of something called an â€˜Infinity Stone and heâ€™s heading to Xander.â€
Nova Prime(Glenn Close): â€œMy God…â€
Denarian Saul(Peter Serafinowicz): â€œItâ€™s a trick! Heâ€™s a criminal!â€
Nova Prime: â€œDid he say why we should believe him?â€
Corpsman Dey: â€œHe says they just broke out of prison and theyâ€™d have no other reason for coming back. He also said that he is an â€˜Aâ€™hole, but heâ€™s not, and Iâ€™m quoting him here…100%..a dick…â€
Nova Prime: â€œDo you believe him?â€
Corpsman Dey: â€œWell, Iâ€™m not sure that I believe that anyone is 100% a dick…â€
Nova Prime: â€œI meant do you believe heâ€™s HERE TO HELP…â€
Corpsman Dey:Â â€œ…..Yeah….â€
To be honest…John C Reily makes any line 20% funnier, my friends.
6. Yondu(Michael Rooker)
For the entire film, I kept thinking, What is Merle from AMCâ€™sâ€The Walking Deadâ€ doing with blue skin and an orange plastic mohawk? The two characters are nearly identical…with Yondu being just a touch crazier. Plus, I love his whistle activated arrow, that weapon kicks serious ass, my friends.
5. They made Kevin Bacon a folk hero
Starlord tells the legend of â€œFootlooseâ€ when Gamora(Zoe Saldana) refuses to dance, and the awesome that is Kevin Bacon becomes a galactic hero LOL!
4. Groot(Vin Diesel)
When I re-do my top 12 favorite CGI characters list, Groot will be on it. Heâ€™s such a compelling and unpredictable character. One moment heâ€™s gentle and kind, then another moment heâ€™s killing enemies like a total bad-ass. Also, he conveys so much meaning with a mere 3 word vocabulary. That makes 2 great animated characters voiced by Vin Diesel(The Iron Giant was the other one).
3. Starlordâ€™s dance off with Ronan
Itâ€™s just so irreverent! Ronan has triumphed reaching the surface of Xandar. Heâ€™s given his grandiose villain speech and is about to use the infinity stone of death to annihilate the entire planet. Itâ€™s a serious moment, and â€œOooooh child…things are going to get easierrrrrrrâ€ Starlord sings the Mowtown classic and is doing serious 1980â€™s dance moves. Ronan is perplexed. He hasnâ€™t a clue what heâ€™s doing. The planet is about to become charcoal, and Starlord is doing a dance off competition! Itâ€™s the best villain stalling tactic Iâ€™ve ever seen in a film.
2. Rocketâ€™s plan for breaking out of prison
When I get around to doing a top 12 cinema prison breakouts, this will be high on the list. â€œIâ€™m gonna need a few things…â€ says Rocket. Using a prison light battery, a prison guard security band and a prisonerâ€™s prosthetic leg(HEE! HEE!…), Rocket engineers a plan to commandeer the prison watch tower, turn off the artificial gravity everywhere except inside the watch tower, use the tower controls to turn the security hoverbots into rocket jets and flies the tower out of the prison and sealing it back up. When Starlord says â€œTHAT…was a pretty good plan,â€ heâ€™s not kidding. Itâ€™s positively brilliant.
And my #1 favorite thing about â€œThe Guardians of the Galaxyâ€ is….
1. The slow motion hero walk
This cliche is done in EVERY superhero franchise sooner or later. The heroes are walking towards the final fight in slow motion with determined expressions on their faces. What do the Guardians do? Well….
Starlord is the only one with the determined expression on his face….until he wipes his nose…
Rocket is adjusting his â€œpackage.â€
Drax is doing arm flaps.
Gamora is yawning…SERIOUSLY! Sheâ€™s YAWNING LOL!
Groot is just ambling without expression.
Itâ€™s just another great example of how this film doesnâ€™t take itself too seriously and itâ€™s really funny.
And those are my top 12 favorite things about â€œThe Guardians of the Galaxy.â€ Did you see this film? What were some of your favorite things about it? Iâ€™d love to hear what you loved, my friends. Peace.