If you were lucky enough to receive a special email, then you likely would have attended a special first-look screening of Guardians of the Galaxy just hours ago. Complete with special posters and beefed up security, this first look gave audiences a taste of what to expect from the highly anticipated August movie.
In all honesty, every doubt I had in this movie's quality was shattered. This preview delivered on every level and I have never been more excited to see Guardians of the Galaxy. Though it was only 17 minutes of footage, there was so much to love about it. I won't give too much away for those of you who want to be surprised.
First of all, the movie has a vibrant, bright color scheme. Unlike many monochromatic/orange and teal films overcrowding Hollywood, the palate of [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) is lively with creative visuals and state-of-the-art CGI. It made the footage much more engaging throughout and seeing it in Imax 3D was even better.
Something else pointing out is the amazing soundtrack. From The Runaways to David Bowie, the preview included a pleasing-to-the-ear blend of classic rock music to match the smooth pacing between scenes. The soundtrack itself is already getting a lot of hype, and it is due out on July 29th.
Audiences were even treated to a fast-paced and thrilling fight scene where the Guardians escape from prison. This fight has everything: flying bullets, karate kicks, and Groot's purely awesome tree powers. Based on what I've seen, if that's what we can expect in the beginning of the movie, one can only imagine how epic the climax will be.
While I don't usually like picking favorites, my favorite part of the screening was the excellent introduction of the characters. In just 17 minutes, the film was able to get the audience to really know and care about the Guardians. The preview makes the wise decision of giving a short-but-sweet rundown of the characters back stories before expanding on them in the following scenes. Every interaction between the characters tells us something new about them, and it never feels like forced exposition.
Rocket Raccoon, a character that many people were unsure of, stole the show. His character is a tough-as-nails badass in a pint-sized package. Bradley Cooper gave an excellent vocal performance, and Rocket's dialogue was funny, likable and engaging. I have a feeling this character will be a crowd favorite when the full movie is released.
Also given an excellent introduction were the ruthless assassin, Gamora, the immovable Drax, the gentle-giant-until-messed-with Groot, and the snarky but ambitious Peter Quill himself. All of these characters already felt fleshed out from the small amount of footage I saw, but I have a feeling that they will be given even more detail in the full movie,
At the end, though some audience members were either confused at the unorthodox tone or frustrated at the lack of footage (despite being specifically told it was only 17 minutes of footage), I was honestly impressed with what I saw. I not only learned a lot about the characters, but I also got a good sense of how epic the movie's setpieces will be. Based on this footage, I am expecting Guardians to be one of the best films of the summer. Guardians of the Galaxy will be coming to theaters on August 1st.
If you have any questions about the preview screening, ask away in the comments.