Guardians of the Galaxy: go see it now.

Hopefully you are not actually reading this post.  Hopefully, because it is Saturday night, you are at a movie theater, watching Guardians of the Galaxy.

I had never even heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but when that first trailer came out I knew I absolutely had to see it.

I would say I can’t remember when I was this excited for a movie, but I can: it was CA: The Winter Soldier back in April.  And just as that movie lived up to my expectations, GotG similarly delivered exactly what I wanted/needed/expected.

I was laughing (and dancing–good thing we were at the drive-in) from the opening scenes.  The humor mainly comes from the personalities of the characters playing off each other, which is exactly how it should be.  Overall the acting was great, especially the two voice actors, Bradley Cooper as Rocket and Vin Diesel as Groot.  I enjoyed Chris Pratt’s voice work in The LEGO Movie, but here he really proved himself as a leading man with Star-Lord.  Dave Bautista (Drax) was probably the weak spot of the Guardians, and even he was quite enjoyable, especially as the movie went on.

The action was great, too.  I especially loved the space battles and the three-way fight with Gamora, Star-Lord, and Rocket/Groot.  I also really liked that there was no heavy love story, just some light flirtation (with decent chemistry).

I heard some other people online say this, and I agree: the villains could have been a little better.  Villain screen time was the only time the movie dragged at all.  Nebula was slightly overacted and slightly underused (though she looked awesome).  Ronan was quite flat.  Thanos only appeared briefly, but I think I would have liked it better if they had only shown the back of his throne, or only his face for a brief moment, like in the teaser at the end of Avengers.  More build up for later in the series that way.

My husband felt that GotG wouldn’t hold up to repeated viewings, but I think it will.  It just takes so much joy in all the things we love about space adventures and superhero movies.

Speaking of repeated viewings, the drive-in had a double feature, showing Winter Soldier after GotG, so I got to see that for the second time (3rd time for my husband).  Even knowing the HYDRA twist, it was still a great movie.  It’s a very different movie from GotG, but they each did their own thing well.  If Marvel can keep putting these kinds of movies out, they will keep printing money for sure.

Two last things: the GotG post-credit scene was cute, but not *really freaking awesome* like Winter Soldier‘s was.  But that’s because I’m a Scarlet Witch fan and don’t care about GotG’s revealed character.  And can anyone tell me which Infinity Stones from the movies match up with which Gems from the comics?  I don’t know enough about them to form opinions.  They seem to be color coding them, but I don’t think they match the colors from the comics.

Captain America 2 has me pumped for the future

I have had to spend the last week watching what I read on the internet, because I didn’t get to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier until Saturday night, when B and I headed to the drive-in on a gorgeous evening for a double feature with CA2 and Need for Speed (which was not terrible, btw).

Captain America has never been my favorite super hero.  I enjoyed the first CA movie, but it felt fairly generic, nothing new and fresh that we hadn’t seen before.

This movie sold me on Captain America.  In the modern world, with excellent supporting characters (FALCON!!), Steve Rogers is a compelling hero.  The movie was exciting, with tons of well-choreographed action sequences, but smart, too, with plot twists and turns worthy of a spy thriller.

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I actually went into the movie already knowing the Winter Soldier’s identity, so I can’t really say how well that reveal was done (I thought it was great), but there were plenty of other great moments for fans.

For example, let’s talk about the FREAKING MID-CREDIT SCENE.  (Spoilers ahead)

I was squealing aloud as we got our first glimpse of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (this is why I sit in my car instead of going to an actual movie theater).  Their powers and character design look pretty cool–quite frankly, just from this brief glimpse I prefer this version of Quicksilver to the one that’s been teased for Days of Future Past.

It seems that Baron von Strucker has the siblings (here “twins”) in containment.  He indicates that HYDRA has been experimenting on them, resulting in their powers–they cannot be “mutants” here due to the fact that Fox retains cinema rights to the X-Men.  So we can assume that when we see them next in Avengers2, they will not be starting out on the same side as the Avengers.

Scarlet Witch has always been one of my favorite Avengers–it will be interesting to see what they do with her romantic relationships, if anything, because she seems to me to be a little younger than her counterparts, specifically the actors playing Hawkeye and Vision.

Overall, The Winter Soldier is right up there with Iron Man1 and Avengers1 in my list of favorite Marvel movies.  Also, I’m several episodes behind on Agents of SHIELD, so I really need to catch up and see where it’s headed now!

And please please please can we get Falcon in an Avengers movie??