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06/28/2018 23:19:12 •••

The Bizarro Episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and awesome because of it)

Every troper is familiar with the Bizarro Episode, where it's not about following the show's Story Arc or amassing Character Development. It's about - rather than Jumping the Shark - punching it in its goddamn face. In Fringe it was "Brown Betty". In The X-Files it was "Jose Chung's From Outer Space". For the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's Guardians of the Galaxy. And if you'll excuse my Precision F-Strike, it is fucking amazing for being it.

In Guardians, Peter Quill (AKA "Star Lord") is sent to retrieve an orb that contains an immense power (which I won't spoil here). However, he's not the only one who wants it. Ronan, a Kree warlord who seeks revenge for the Xandarian war against his people, wants the orb to destroy their planet. Also, The Collector (played by Benicio del Toro} wants it. And so does Yandu. Sound like a MacGuffin to get the plot rolling? It is, and Quill delivers a truly great Lampshade about this.

The real story of Guardians is its characters. In order to stop Ronan and retrieve the orb, Peter joins up with a motley crew of misfits. I only have 300 words left in this review so I can't oogle about each character too much (as much as I want to). All you need to know is the chemistry between these characters is up there with Firefly in terms of perfect-ness. Combine this great team with some truly thrilling action and visual splendor and you have a truly awesome adventure movie.

Oh yeah, you bet your ass the visuals in this movie are great. This is the best big budget Space Opera since The Empire Strikes Back and twice as deliciously pulpy. You know those cheap Space Opera books you see across from Philip K. Dick and Robert Heinlein in the sci-fi section of Barnes and Noble? This movie is the adaptation of the covers of those books, and retains the genre's wondrous disregard for hard sci-fi.

This movie is also unapologetically hilarious. As I said, this is the Bizarro Episode of the MCU. This movie is as much a comedy as a Space Opera (making it true to the comics) but it works. Like, "Bad-Blood-from-The-X-Files" level of works.

My final word: see this movie. You will love it, and you'll probably spend five long hours editing the page for it just because it deserves it.

08/01/2014 00:00:00

Ronan has been hit with the Feige-Ray.

The Feige what?

The Feige-Ray! Marvel's answer to the Nolan-Ray. The difference is while the Nolan-Ray turns a supporting character into a dull and melodramatic mr.exposition, the Feige-Ray turns complex antagonists into one-dimensional buffoons from a saturday morning cartoon.

You want an example? Heres Malekith the Accursed who, in the comics, he's basically Thor's Joker, he's both funny and menacing and he has the cool power of summoning wolves. But then ZAP! Feige-Ray! Now Malekith is the perpetually bored cousin of Nero from Star Trek who wants to turn off the lights in the universe just because.

Loki managed to escape the Feige-Ray thanks to Joss Whedon.

08/01/2014 00:00:00

Nah, Loki was hit by it in The Avengers, as opposed to his Thor self. And yet I liked The Avengers Loki better.

08/01/2014 00:00:00

@Ultraman Mattia: Cute joke, and you're not wrong about Ronan's flatness, but I think its important to keep two things in mind:

1: I doubt Kevin Feige is responsible, he's a producer, I doubt he had much of a driving force creative-wise. Might be wrong, but I just haven't heard much about him before your post.

2: One of the film's few problems is that it's already overstuffed with things. It needs to give strong development to five protagonists already, set up the Cosmic side of the MCU, tease Thanos, get us used to the MCU Cosmic's wackiness and also do the actual main plot of the film in a shade over 2 hours. With all that, also trying to make the villain a complex character in his own right might've pushed the seams of the film a bit too far.

Sad that the villain was a bit weak, but it's still understandable why that happened.

08/02/2014 00:00:00

Not sure why the villain was weak in T: TDW, but it does make sense here. With so many diverse personalities, it was bound to sacrifice something. Plus, Ronan's really only a stepping stone.

08/02/2014 00:00:00

Agree with Picard, Ronan's honestly established to be a stepping stone in the course of the hierarchy

08/10/2014 00:00:00

Ronan was at least hinted to have an actual motivation, the film just never really explored it in any sort of detail.

09/18/2014 00:00:00

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02/20/2018 00:00:00

Loki stands imprisoned for his battle crimes devoted for the duration of Thor and The Avengers. meanwhile, Thor, the warriors three, and Sif, combat marauders on Vanaheim. it\'s miles the very last battle in a war to pacify the 9 geographical regions following the reconstruction of the Bifröst, the “Rainbow Bridge” between geographical regions, which had been destroyed during the events of Thor and has given that been rebuilt via the Tesseract. an extraordinary event referred to as the Convergence is due to occur, an alignment of the nine realms. Portals linking the worlds appear at random in the world round London.

02/20/2018 00:00:00

I didn\'t love it, can I sue you now?

03/21/2018 00:00:00

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