Now don’t get me wrong. As far as comic book movies goes, Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the best ones ever made. In fact it is perhaps in the top ten. And it’s definitely one of the best movies of 2014.
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But let’s be honest it had flaws. So why are so many people loving on this film? I have a theory about that. See when it comes to Cap, Iron Man or Thor (or any other comic book movie for that fact) more people are familiar with those characters if not through the comics, through the cartoons, tv shows and other media. So we walk into those films with more weight on how we think those movies should be. Guardians is not a huge property so people had no big expectations for the film. So as long as Marvel did a decent job on it, people were going to love it.
And once again, Marvel delivered. They gave us a great movie on a property not a lot of people know about and that’s all they needed to do with this one. But having said that I feel the movie had some glaring issues.
For one, Ronan was a flat throw away villain. I’m not saying that Lee Pace did not deliver a great performance, but it felt as if the character he was given to portray was a bit flat. We don’t get a strong feel for his back ground or motivation in this film. He also forms an alliance with Thanos, the most powerful being in the Marvel Universe (or as portrayed so far in the cinematic universe), but when he feels he has the upper hand he immediately portrays him. A typical movie villain trope.
Having said that I am also upset he was killed off in the movie. Ronan has been around in the Marvel U for a long time and has been a main character in a lot of story lines, to use him in one film then kill him off felt like the cheapened the character a bit. And again killing the villain in a movie like this is typical plot device that can get tiresome.
The other issue I have with the film, and it’s a small one, is Peter Quill was to Earth like. In the comics Quill grows up on earth, joins NASA and becomes Star-Lord through various circumstances. But he’s and adult and his personality would be well formed by then. In this incarnation he is abducted at a young age after his mother dies and is then raised by Yondu Udonta and the Ravengers.
So I don’t feel he would use earth colloquialisms and even remembered movies like Foot Lose 22 years later. Maybe they didn’t reveal enough about Yondu Udonta and how he raised Quill, but it felt out of place to me. And don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed the character and I’m always the first person to suspend disbelief, but for some reason I couldn’t get past this. Hopefully more will be revealed in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
For more on my thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy check out the latest Super Hero Speak where we review it in-depth. http://superherospeak.com/wp/66-guardians-of-the-galaxy/