Guardians of the Galaxy review (not particularly spoilery)
So I’ve been thinking since watching the pre-release why Guardians of the Galaxy was such a great movie.
GotG invoked all the feelings of the beloved pre-to-early-90s sci-fi and space operas (e.g. The Fifth Element).. while remaining constantly hilarious and turning the biggest and most problematic tropes of earlier sci-fi films and shows completely on their head.
-Rather than focusing solely on the romance between the leading male and female main characters, the main focus is on the friendship, companionship, and budding mutual respect between all of the major characters. This is not something you see often, if at all, even in today’s movies. Romance usually comes first; friendship second, if at all. That’s not the case here, and it really made this film memorable. That’s not to say there’s no romance, but it’s not the focus. I think that was a fantastic move that really sets this movie apart.
-A common early sci-fi trope that still persists today is casual slurs against non-human characters. I.e. “pointy-ears” for Spock, or any of the stereotypes levied toward non-human races throughout Star Trek (Klingons are always “warlike,” Ferengi are always money-grubbers, Bajorans are always devoutly religious, with very little room given for individual personalities and differences). Many other early sci-fi shows and movies suffer from this same problem. For supposedly advanced, space-faring societies, these casual insults never sat well with me, and they’re rarely if at all addressed or combated. Usually, the individuals belonging to each race agree with them and it’s never really discussed in any meaningful way if at all.
In GotG, this trope is lampshaded by none other than Rocket the Raccoon, who not only explains passionately why these offhand slurs affect and belittle him, but actually gets the main characters to listen.
-GotG is full of green, pink and blue-skinned alien babes. However, far from being mere plot devices, these women are actively throwing wrenches into the plot based on their own distinct motives. They clearly act as people with their own complicated backgrounds, not as mere plot advancements or foils acting blindly for one leading man or another, moving the plot from point A to point B. It would have been great to delve a bit more into their backgrounds, but it’s clear to the viewer that each one of them has her own motives, based on separate, complicated, and nuanced backstories. They are not merely plot advancement tools, but people acting of their own free will.
All in all, I knew this was going to be a fantastic movie, and it more than exceeded my expectations. It knows its audience well, and everyone was laughing along the entire time. I think it’s aimed more at an older crowd than Avengers, but there were some younger fans there who seemed to really like it too. I definitely wouldn’t miss it.
cadaver-chan said: This is gonna sound super weird, but I've been looking far and wide for a wig in the exact color that you're wearing in your super cute coord for the OTT/Twin meetup. You wouldn't happen to remember which eBay store you happened to get it from, would you?
It’s not weird! And I’m so sorry, but I bought it so long ago I don’t know who the seller is and can’t find them :x I even tried looking through wigs but I don’t even remember what the stock photo was like, if it was even accurate or one of those “surprise” ones.. I really wish I could help :/