Monday, September 1, 2014

Just Saw "Guardians of the Galaxy"

We got the chance to see Guardians of the Galaxy this afternoon. Because it's late for me now and I've got to work in the morning, I just wanted to make a couple of notes here about it, but it's okay to read this even if you haven't seen it yet...there are no spoilers.

  • Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer pretty much steals the movie, at least for me. There's a scene towards the end where Drax sits down next to Rocket and pets him on the head. It's ridiculously sweet and you just don't know how Rocket will react to it.
  • Rocket looks incredibly real in this movie. CGI has come so freaking far in the last dozen or so years. He's voiced by Bradley Cooper, and he may very well have more life to him than any other character in the movie. That's no slam on any of the actors, but his back story was fleshed out well enough. He's an angry, foul mouthed little shit, and you like him for it. And when he's hurt, you feel for him.
  • The very first scene actually hurt me a little bit. It's between Peter Quill as a kid (8-10 years old) and his mother on her deathbed. She's got cancer. She's thin, pale, wan, bald, and dying. The things she says to Peter just about brought me to full on tears. Without going into detail, the things she says to him were so close to what my own mom said to me before she passed. Her words, and Peter's reaction, are TRUE and they are CORRECT. It was beautiful and haunting and so sad, all at the same time. I couldn't really watch it, so I concentrated on my popcorn and just listened instead. I didn't want to turn into a sobbing mess there in the theater.