Guardians Of The Galaxy (3D / second-pass / SPOILER-FREE)
Cert: 12A / 121 mins / Dir. James Gunn
I think I'm still slightly overwhelmed by this film, so don't have too much more to add from my previous, stunned review (which is also spoiler-free, ftr). I enjoyed Guardians Of The Galaxy every bit as much as before, although some of the initial impact is lessened for obvious reasons. And seeing the film in a theatre where the volume isn't turned up to Deafen The Audience™, means that I actually caught all the plot exposition this time; it still arrives in blink-and-you'll-miss-it bursts, so a second-pass helps here.
The downside today was that there were only 30 or so people in the auditorium, and while the many jokes didn't fall flat, the empty-beats after the gags designed to be filled by laughter are underscored slightly by the lack of an audience to provide it*1. I think the film will be received more warmly by large audiences, so this is a one you may want to brave the Saturday night showings for. And in other grumblings, I still think the soundtrack element is pushed a little too hard, largely because while they're good songs, they're not all great ones.
But you know what? Guardians Of The Galaxy is still an absolutely outstanding movie. At a squeak over two hours, it's not the shortest film in the series but it's at the lower-end, and for director James Gunn to use that time not only to introduce the audience to a wealth of new characters, but more importantly to also get that audience to care about at least five of them? That's quite some achievement. There are a few notable differences from the comic-incarnations of the Guardians, but that's to be expected, and in this case applauded.
I have a little background reading to do before I see the film again, after which the next review will be full of spoilers and nit-picky questions. In the meanwhile, go and see this film.
• What's the 3D like? Nicely immersive with no ghosting, although the film will be fine without it.
• Yes, Stan Lee's got a cameo.
• There's no mid-credits scene as such, but The Jackson 5 segment serves the same purpose.
• Yes, there's a post-credits scene, so hang around. One for the old-schoolers.
It certainly is.
I certainly did.
It certainly does.
Go to the cinema for this one.
Er, yeah. Yeah, I will.
I certainly will.
Well, even with a much more sensible volume level this time around, I didn't catch the Wilhelm. If you've heard one in here, be a love and let me know where it is, yeah?.
Without going into spoilerific details, aren't some of the songs on Peter's mix-tape a little… well, inappropriate, given the circumstances of him having it?
*1 Seriously though Cineworld; 8 showings a day? I know it's the Summer holidays, but there's no way they'll all be filled, meanwhile you're scattering your audience when you could be putting the screens to more efficient use, surely?
• ^^^ That's dry, British humour, and most likely sarcasm or facetiousness.
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