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.
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.
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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