Guardians of the Galaxy film review – Rob “The Encyclopedia” Deb

Ok, I tend to wait. And this was the one I was thinking that was going to be rubbish. I remember seeing the concept artwork at a comic con a few years back and wasn’t impressed. Then things came in. James Gunn was the one that made me go, “yes”. If you’re not sure where you’ve heard the name I urge you to stop reading this and see his classic The Specials a low budget film about a bunch of maladjusted superheroes largely derided by everyone in and out of the super power community. Sound familiar?  Well it should.

But I can’t stress how beautiful this film is. This is no Kevin Smith stuck with a budget he can’t be bothered with.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy but backdrops might as well be in the original green screen when he does adventure.

I saw GOTG at the Edinburgh Imax and I haven’t been so impressed with 3D since Avatar. Now admittedly maybe that’s because London 3D is shit and never run properly, but let’s get back to the GOTG. I have written three reviews so check your security clearance.

You liked Star Wars right?  The good guys/bad guys and rogue bit is similar. Good explosions and the romance is well handled.

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Fantastic lead, the raccoon doesn’t look shit and they don’t just turn up and save the day.  There is some genuine epoxy in the film and when you get them leaving at the end you’re totally satisfied with the film and yes, you will spot Stan Lee.

OMG OMG This film is so rich! The references are not heavy handed, they totally fit in and some of the things you see are the things you thought you would never see in a movie. They really went to town and the marvel cosmic universe has been mined for every design moment in the whole film and I totally understand the anger fans feel for the lack of credit given to the original creators.

However, the input that Dan Abnett has had into this film and his work makes this a very symbiotic film. You see Thanos is more than an image and the infinity gauntlet begins to take shape.  The humour of the film is classic one liner and so well defined, you can see how the personalities bond without the Basil Exposition that has plagued other marvel films.

I’m going again tomorrow.  If I could I would take root like Groot and stay in the cinema for a couple of screenings.

I was having a moment last night. Everyone gets them, just withdrawn, just brooding and b
eing dangerous. But this really picked me up.

Oh and some show biz gossip. Me, Aiden Goatley, and Rik Carenza are all walking around with the same style Batman bag. That’s just embarrassing, but oh so cute.


Rob “The Encyclopedia” Deb also writes for Cape Lifting and will be performing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe with Rob Deb 20th Anniversary Edition.

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