Marvel Comics' "Guardians of the Galaxy" is a hit sci-fi comic series about a ragtag team of superheros that I never heard about. That is, until the constant barrage of advertisements promoting the upcoming Marvel Comics' film "Guardians of the Galaxy" based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name.
Having never read an issue of "Guardians of the Galaxy" and lacking motivation to research the Marvel Comics website to catch up on the story, I was ready to give this film a miss. After all, there have been plenty of comic book films released already--mostly based off Marvel Comics to boot--and it's easy to get burned out on the escapism. From what the trailers did show when highlighting the characters, first impressions of "Guardians of the Galaxy" were pretty much "It's 'The Avengers...' IN SPACE!"
July 7 was a night for some lucky people to get an exclusive 17-minute sneak peek of "Guardians of the Galaxy" before its official release on August 1. Being one such lucky person, I decided to give the film a chance to earn my interest in the film.
That sneak peek made good use of its 17 minutes.
The sneak peek begins in medias res as John C Reilly introduces a girl, a living tree, an idiot, a homicidal maniac, and a raccoon as he books them into prison for something that they allegedly did earlier in the film. After a lot of fast talking and exchange of insults to each other, each member of the soon to be titular Guardians of the Galaxy gets a chance to show off their skills through melee combat, supernatural strength or speed, intelligent tech skills, Pokemon Speak, or crouching moron hidden badass antics. It's a flurry of action, humor, and excellent CG effects that makes for a wonderful action scene with character development and interaction.
Amid such a visual bombardment, the film does feel like "The Avengers... IN SPACE" with its Whedonesque dialogue and cast of Type A personalities not getting along. I still had no idea what was going on. But at least the sneak peek managed to pique my interest to see how these Guardians of the Galaxy came to be in that scenario and how its other action scenes highlighted in the trailers will tie together. At the very least, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is shaping up to be a fun summer blockbuster popcorn film that will entertain its audiences.