‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: We Saw 17 Minutes; Watch An Extended Trailer

By July 8, 2014

I’m going to go ahead and say it: I’m more excited for Guardians of the Galaxy than I am for Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was the case before I saw 17 minutes of footage last night and it certainly is now. In addition to giving you a peek at what I saw, Marvel has released an extended trailer for you, presented by Fandango. I’m putting that in below the next paragraph. Be warned that below the trailer are spoilers for the presentation I saw. SPOILERS! You’ve been warned.

I’ve been anticipating this film for a few reasons. The cast is fantastic. Bradley Cooper voicing Rocket Raccoon, a wise-cracking, genetically enhanced raccoon who smokes a cigar. Vin Diesel voicing a giant tree-like creature called Groot, Zoe Saldana taking names as Gamora, and Chris Pratt as Star-Lord. Then there’s the fact that these aren’t characters we’re super-familiar with. In the footage last night, you really got a sense of who each of these people are. You can immediately feel the relationship between Rocket and Groot. Despite the fact that these rouges are antagonistic, you absolutely get why they’d team up. The effects were fantastic. I should tell you that the footage I saw was in 3-D and in IMAX. Those things together often make me nauseated, but they didn’t at all last night. It was an absolute blast and only got me more excited. Rocket and Groot are definitely the stand outs here. I’m absolutely in love with both of them. Okay, spoilers below.

I don’t want to be too spoiler-y here, so let me give you the basics. After the character introductions that San Diego Comic-Con audiences got to see last year (with the added bonus that we now know Gamora and Nebula, played by Karen Gillan, are sisters and daughters of Thanos – the big bad from the very end of Avengers), we watch Gamora, Star Lord, Groot, Drax (Dave Bautista) and Rocket being marched into the high security space prison Kyln. Through some banter, we learn that Peter “Star-Lord” Quill stole the orb that Gamora and Nebula were supposed to recover. We also learn that Gamora was never planning on giving it up to Ronan (Lee Pace). Rocket and Groot have been trying to collect the bounty on Quill. Drax is a prisoner who teams up to break out of Kyln with the group.

One of the stand outs for me was Groot. Oh sure, I adore Rocket Raccoon with every fiber of my being, but Groot is not only insanely cute with his one line and sweet eyes, but he has the ability to grow bits of himself. For instance, when an inmate tries to take Star-Lord, he sticks two fingers…um, I mean branches…into the guy’s nostrils and grows them into his brain. Oh, and he also eats leaves off himself.

Guardians of the Galaxy

So the plan to break out? It’s Rocket’s. He needs Peter to get a prosthetic leg from one of the prisoners. Peter talks the guy into giving it to him, only to find out later that Rocket was totally joking about that. As Rocket explains the complexity of getting a battery from a tower behind them and how careful they have to be not to be detected, Groot is pulling it out behind them, setting off a battle. Rocket turns off the gravity in the rest of the prison, and off they fly.

The chemistry between the characters is immediate and the humor is consistent. It’s actually amazing how much emotion, humor, and nuance you get from Groot’s single line of dialogue, “I am Groot,” leading a group of reporters to speculate about how many takes Diesel had to do. Drax takes everything anyone says literally. When a character explains how metaphors are “over his head,” the super tall Drax exclaims that nothing is over his head. The action and fight sequence was not only a blast and beautifully done, but there were moments that made it very obvious how to turn this all into a Disney ride.

So, how long until August?

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Jenna Busch
Jenna Busch is the co-host of 'Cocktails With Stan' with the legendary Stan Lee. She's a host and writer who's passionate about Star Wars, fantasy and geek culture. Jenna is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and a board member of the Broadcast Television Critics Association (BTJA). She has appeared on G4's "Attack of the Show," and "Fresh Ink," as well as appearing with Wil Wheaton on the premiere episode of "Tabletop." She's got two stories published in the comic anthology "Womanthology" and has done a series of terrifyingly perky voice overs. She also owns far too many swords and lightsabers.
  • UGE_plex

    I just…can’t wait to see GotG. It’s looks friggin AWESOME! And having read and loved the comics, I’m thinking I may not be disappointed in an adaptation for a change. Or, in the words of the Ruler of Planet X and all that he shades, “I AM GROOT!” ^_^