The Movie: 9/10
First, the only reason I didn’t give this movie a 10 out of 10 was because there needs to be something almost life changing about a 10 movie that, while everything else is incredibly movie magic making wonderful, Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t have. I will confess straight away that I loved this movie. I was sucked in by the trailer long long ago and that doesn’t happen very often. I usually don’t give a crap about trailers and even when I do see one they are vile and annoyingly filled with spoilers that only idiots would want to soak up before seeing a movie. That being said, the first time I saw the Galaxy trailer my eyes widened and probably my jaw dropped. I am such a fan of space stuff, stories that focus on the galaxy or universe as a whole, I can barely help but be interested. I like comedy in my space stuff, which Guardians of the Galaxy has. I like danger, which it has. I like spectacle type aliens, vehicles, and planets, it’s got it all. I don’t mind a corny romance, which it also has a tiny bit, but not so much it dominates the story.
What we have is a young man who was abducted by aliens when he was a kid and has learned to be a scavenger in space. He is brave, if you call it that, and very capable of taking care of himself. He’s got a bit of a smart-alleck attitude, and I can seriously hate that shit in a movie, but this time Chris Pratt pulls it off just right. The cast won me over as we met each member of this criminal guardian crew. There wasn’t a mismatch in the bunch. I can say with complete honesty that it does not matter who does the voice of Groot, I mean, it really doesn’t matter. So, if you are like , “Ohhh that’s Vin Diesel and he’s sooo good.” you are delusional. If we get more from him in the future, more words maybe, it might matter.
The action sequences are so fun to watch, and I’m not usually a big action fan. I just loved looking around at all of the locations, the technology, the ideas people have put out there about what the citizens of the galaxy might be like. If we only got Rocket and Groot, their CGIness is a non-issue. They exist in that world with those people, some human, some not so human, and I was not looking for those computer generated graphic glitches after about 3 seconds. I was sold.
There isn’t anything bad I’m gonna say about this movie, so if you are looking for negatives you might want a more objective review:) What I will say in the neighborhood of least favorite elements would be that I like a huge dramatic tada moment for certain moments and while it was all impactful, the most dramatic things might not be the most memorable for me as they should be. That’s it for the downside.
If you read many of my reviews you will know that the more I like something the less I want to say about it…sooooooo, I will just say I recommend, recommend, recommend. It’s family friendly, sci-fi lovin’, good story telling, fun character presenting, movie watching. I can’t ask for much more than that.
- Deleted Scenes (4 Minutes) – A few deleted scenes with optional commentary from James Gunn. None of these scenes add much to the film but are fun to see regardless.
- Making Of Featurettes (28 Minutes) – It’s quite clear there are hours and hours of production extras for this movie but for some reason Marvel have whittled them down to less than 30 minutes. Maybe a super-duper collectors edition in the future will restore the lost hours. But what you do get here is a small look at the production of the movie with interviews with the major players in the cast. You even get an insight into why the soundtrack is so awesome!!!
- The Avengers Age Of Ultron Exclusive Look (2 Minutes) – Joss Whedon and Kevin Fiege give you a taste of the next Marvel movie, its way to short and you don’t actually see much but it is a teaser after all.
- Gag Reel (4 Minutes) – Looking for a laugh? This gag reel has you covered.
- Audio Commentary With Director James Gunn – James Gunn is one of the most enthusiastic directors around and it shows in this commentary track. Here he covers almost everything you need to know about the film including Easter eggs and goes into the back story of the characters.
Cover Art and Menus: 7/10
Because I do love the movie so much I can handle the poster, but I don’t really like it. I’m not a fan of these compilation images cramming all the key players in the “bouquet” arrangement. A simple view of that giant skull or a close up of his cassette tape, THOSE would be good covers. I might have this as a poster anyway, just because I would like to be reminded of this movie often. The menu is fun. It’s the music, of course and Groot looking in on us.
Audio & Video: 9/10
Aside from a tiny bit of black crush in the films many dark scenes, Guardians Of The Galaxies 1080P AVC encode is another stunner from Marvel/Disney. The film is full of color and fun looking special effects that are perfectly recreated here, CG work in the movie is so good it makes me believe in a talking Raccoon. Edges are clean and defined and not a hint of Macroblocking or ringing can be found throughout the entire run time.
Disney’s DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack is impressive from start to finish, this could almost be the best lossless soundtrack of the year. From the subtle effects of the ships engines to awesome soundtrack that holds the action together everything here sounds flawless. Guardians Of The Galaxy is one of the best movies of the year and the Blu-Ray presentation does it justice.
Overall Score 9/10