We Saw the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Preview
Holy metaphorical blue balls, Batman! A spoiler-free review of the Guardians of the Galaxy preview.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Marvel is so confident that this movie will do well, they decided to release a 17-minute preview of Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, including the extended trailer (posted above), in IMAX theaters across the country. That, or they’re trying to say to non-initiates of the comic book world, “Hey! Watch this movie! It’s super fun and totally awesome, we promise. Ask your friends!” Either way, they succeeded in drawing a crowd and making us talk about it.
I have an enduring perception of Charleston, SC, one of the many cities hosting the preview, to have only snooty citizens who would rather sip on mojitos and spy on Bill Murray in sun dresses and seersucker suits on the porch overlooking the Cooper River than to watch anything based on “the funny books.” This coming from someone who lived in the city for 20+ years. The house was packed at the IMAX, and that’s just a tiny sample of how many people are looking forward to see this movie. If this is any indicator of how huge this movie will be during the opening weekend, I don’t know what is.
The preview opens with the quick review of who the Guardians are. Then we are transported to the prison, which is presumably where we see the gang working together for the first time. The interaction between each character is hilarious. The group is being processed into space prison where they meet a colorful cast of characters who already hate their guts. Groot’s introduction as a Rocket’s heavy is made apparent in this scene, and it is both hilarious and uncomfortable to watch. A few of us cringed. The ladies get a little something in seeing the lovable Andy (Chris Pratt in Parks and Recreation) get all muscle-y and topless in this scene too. I’ll just say this about Chris: he may not be a beast like Dave Bautista or ripped like Chris Hemsworth, but this guy still has muscles in all the cool places — it suits him…
The space prison scene shows a nice mix of comedy and action. In one corner we see Gamora (Zoe Saldana) kicking ass and taking names, and then smash cut to Peter negotiating with another prisoner for his prosthetic leg. All this (and more) while a riot is going on.
While Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel’s Groot will always be near and dear to us, the guy who stole the award for Best Line in a Scene is Dave Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer. He has a very antiquated way of speaking (think of how Thor speaks/spoke in the comics), and his race isn’t very acquainted with metaphors. His responses to Quill’s and Rocket’s sarcastic remarks are hilarious; the whole theater roared with laughter after he delivered a line about things “going over his head.”
It goes without saying that we’re already sold on the movie. What the preview also has us sold on is Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1. It’s Peter Quill’s personal soundtrack featuring songs we’ve already heard in the trailers and will hear in the movie. The Runaway’s “Cherry Bomb” kind of sealed the deal for us.