Marvel Studios audaciously screened 17 minutes of IMAX 3D footage from “Guardians of the Galaxy” at 7:00 PM on July 7, 2014. The bulk of the footage was from one extended sequence in which the movie’s main characters are processed into, and promptly escape from, an outer space prison.
The audience at The Regal Cinemas Crossgates Stadium 18 & IMAX theater in Albany, New York was clearly left wanting more.
Clearly you can’t review a movie based on one scene. But what Marvel Studios screened on the 7th was funny, exciting, and technically impressive. The acid test, whether the character of Rocket, a CGI talking raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper, would pass muster. He did. The CGI is detailed, textured and lifelike, and Rocket blends seamlessly into the scene as a character, rather than just an effect. Ditto for Groot, a walking tree voiced by Vin Diesel. The extended sequence was followed by a trailer for the movie, which featured some outer space effects easily on a par with the major science fiction franchises.
The 3D was better than what audiences have come to expect from other Marvel vehicles, all post-conversions, including the recent hit “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
According to the official synopsis:
An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.
Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector. The rest of the movie opens on August 1st, and based on the audience reaction to the sneak peek, the only question will be how many earthly trucks it will take to haul all the money away.