Guardians of the Galaxy Review: No Spoilers – Best Marvel Release Yet

Guardians of the Galaxy Review: Best Marvel Release Yet - no spoilers- spoiler free(PCM) Guardians of the Galaxy is the most advertised Marvel movie to date. It’s the strongest effort produced by Marvel studious yet. Guardian’s is more of a science fiction romp than a superhero flick, scoring a five out of five. More than just a film worth seeing, it’s worth owning in your media library with strong replay value.

Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy is quirky, hilarious at times, balanced in action, character oriented, with a sensational blend of Marvel personalities that do not come off as Star Wars cantina oddballs.

Voiced by Bradley Cooper Characters such as Rocket Raccoon will keep you in stitches and at no time do you hear Bradley in the character. Without knowing he is the voice, you could never pick him out. On the trivia front, Bradley cites Rocket’s voice based on Joe Pesci’s character Tommy DeVito in 1990′s Goodfellas.

Vin Diesel as Groot is nothing short of adorable. Unimaginable but true. Zoe Saldana as Gamora is another actress that despite any prejudices you may have for her due to her disdain for comic books, she is fantastic in her part. Only pro wrestler Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer is soft on acting. Dave becomes an acceptable Drax due in part to well defined mannerisms and humor.

It’s a story that carefully brings together these group of space misfits. They have hardly anything in common except distrust and fighting ability. We begin on Earth with our protagonist Peter Quill played by Chris Pratt. Chris got into the best physical shape of his life to play the part. Establishing his origin background we quickly and permanently head for space circa 1988.

We find him in space 20 year later on a solo expedition which begins with great gadgets giving you the impression we are deeply immersed in a space sci-fi that meets Indiana Jones. Peter turns on a walkman and begins dancing through a cavern listening to the 1970′s hit Come and Get Your Love by Redbone. You can tell this isn’t going to be your typical Sci-Fi or Marvel flick. If you are familiar with the irreverence of Deadpool, it embodies a bit of that story telling tone without the R rating.

It’s also worth noting that the assorted 70′s and 80′s tunes played throughout the film are not simply well selected tunes that everyone will be seeking out after viewing the film, they have meaning and purpose to the story.

Action ensues establishing Peter as not only a fun loving rogue but an agile Batman like athlete with far superior gadgets. Peter’s adventure immediately leads to meeting all the members that make up the title, Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s not your typical team up. They are not selected by the government to go save the day, instead they realize their worth to each other in a convincing fashion.

The plot is a bit cumbersome at first due to many characters being introduced almost simultaneously but this doesn’t hold the story back at all. No sooner are we given the deepest plot thread, a cohesive story line is established.

As outlined, there’s minimal ties to Earth with Thanos being a distant puppet master. Citing him isn’t a spoiler. He was introduced in the end of 2012′s Avengers. Now you finally see Thanos up close and personal. Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men, W) portrays Thanos and Josh’s unique jaw line bone structure lends to his characters form nicely.

Other characters from Marvel are used along the way and only if you know their background from existing canon do you know their fate. Otherwise you don’t think a moment of what the final outcome will be, instead you enjoy the ride.

Most action movies are meant as mindless popcorn time sinks. Here we get characters that you understand their motivations and with payoff to everyone’s agenda.

No scene is abandoned, each is finely crafted in production. Elaborate is the only word to sum it up. With so much care and detail applied the goal of suspending disbelief that we are in a completely silly outer space galaxy is accepted without condemnation.

For anyone that is a fan of Marvel’s comic book universe this is a hit. While some nuances are changed to characters within Marvel, they are great representations in the cinematic Marvel universe. You can’t wait to see how these characters may one day interact with Tony Stark or Thor. In fact Ironman was originally hoped to make a cameo in the film but Robert Downey Jr. is currently only obligated to be in Avengerstitles. As for Thor, some had believed one character in Guardians of the Galaxy would be Angela, sister of Thor. She is not in the film in any way.

In most Marvel films there is an Easter Egg at the end that teases Marvel’s next film in line. There is an Easter Egg to stick around for, but it is NO tie in at all.

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Trailer For BatKid Documentary Has Been Released


(PCM) Award-winning film director, Dana Nachman, launched an Indiegogo campaign to finish the official Batkid documentary, “Batkid Begins”, a documentary about 5-year-old Miles Scott, a leukemia survivor who asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation to be transformed into Batkid for a day. The campaign was launched one week ago, and is now at 40% of its $100K goal. “Batkid Begins” goes behind the scenes chronicling the story of Miles Scott, a 5-year old in remission after spending half of his years fighting leukemia. Last November, with the support of family, strangers, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Miles was transformed into Batkid and called upon to save Gotham City (aka San Francisco) from impending doom. What was anticipated to be an event with 200-300 in attendance quickly grew into a city-wide phenomenon that captured the spirits and imaginations of 25,000 people who lined the streets to cheer Batkid on. This magical event not only swept the nation, but resonated so widely that Batkid’s heroics were seen by nearly 2 billion people across 117 countries. There was even a recent panel for the film at San Diego Comic Con, where the brand-new trailer for the film was revealed, which you can watch below:

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Creator Rob Liefeld Explains Leaked Deadpool Test Footage

Rob Liefeld's Deadpool

Rob Liefeld’s Deadpool

(PCM) It did not last long. In the course of hours, while many YouTube accounts re-broadcasted the Leaked Deadpool Test Footage from 2012 with Ryan Reynolds voicing Deadpool – it was all over. Gone, vanished. Fox put the kibosh on everyone. Well, everyone that didn’t download it like the leaked Deadpool movie script.

The footage was ideal. It was all CG, but it captured Deadpool accurately. It was R-rated, it was violent, it was irreverent and yes, Deadpool broke the fourth wall (when an actor or character addresses the audience). Watching Deadpool kill and make you laugh in the same breath is scarily Grand Theft Auto’ish. You feel guilty enjoying such mayhem.

Fox was quick to pull the leaked Deadpool test footage

Fox was quick to pull the leaked Deadpool test footage

The two minute short was first uploaded in grainy cam footage from Comic-Con 2014. Then it was up on Vimeo in full digital HD! Inside six hours it was all over. If you didn’t watch it quick. You have really missed out. Of course some smart and Internet savvy people downloaded before it vanished. Maybe you will find it bit torrented in weeks to come?

Wade plays with Crayons while waiting on baddies

Wade plays with Crayons while waiting on baddies

But as this all transpired the creator Rob Liefeld commented to keep it all in perspective.

“To ALL who have enjoyed seeing the DP footage, enjoy it for what it is. Test’s are done for films all the time and you have glimpsed process… But I hesitate to encourage your hopes on behalf of the fact that ALL Studios are run to the sound of their own particular drum… What would be more important to the bean counters at any studio are the spread sheets of the enormous Deadpool licensing Marvel generates… There is no doubt that a DP film would OPEN to an impressive number and be profitable. This is NOT Scott Pilgrim or Kick-Ass.

Deadpool Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds voices Leaked Deadpool Test Footage

“DP is One of Marvel’s TOP 3 popular characters of the last 20 years AND a prominent member of the X-MEN library-My 1 kernal of optimism… Is that DP will happen eventually, 5-6 years, and as frustrating as that sounds it would still be faster to screen that Spidey, X-Men and FF… Please just manage expectations, thats all I’m saying in regards to Deadpool. Nothing moves fast in Hollywood…. Except Divergent.”

Okay, let’s assume you never see the leaked Deadpool test footage shot in 2012. It’s impossible to spoil, here is a summary.

Deadpool is sitting on the ledge of an overpass outside New York City’s Manhattan skyline. References to the Hudson Parkway and the GW bridge are noticeable on green highway advisories. Deadpool immediately breaks the fourth wall introducing himself while occupying himself with crayons and rapping to Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl on his transistor radio. “Oh, hello there. I bet you’re wondering why red suit? Well, that’s so the bad guys can’t see me bleed.” Deadpool looks off camera and calls out as if trying to gain someone’s attention. “Hey!”  Deadpool turns back to the viewer, “Let’s hope these guys are wearing their brown pants.”

He drops 50 or so feet with Angle of the Morning  sung by Juice Newton accompanying his fall through the sunroof of some thugs in an SUV escorted by a motorcycle guard. He proceeds to kill all four inside while making jokes. They are Spanish in appearance so he begins in Spanish, then cuts to English, “There’s no easy way to say this.” Soap opera suspense music interjects, “I’m pregnant Trevor.”  The fighting begins.

Deadpool pops a seatbelt and shoves an assailant out the door. His leg is caught on the belt momentarily and forces his body back under the vehicle and is violently run over.

At one point a backseat thug presses his face into the seat cushion. “Rich…Corinthian leather…”

Using his ability to self heal, Deadpool purposely rolls the vehicle. The motorcycle guard takes notice of the wreck occurring.demonstrating superhuman agility by stopping and drawing his weapon with ease to machine gun the rolling SUV which quickly rolls towards him. In slomo the open sun roof exposes Deadpool casually holding up a crayon picture of himself cutting off a man on a motorcycle’s head complete with helmet. At this point the SUV is suspended in air over the guard and returns to normal speed. Deadpool slashes his head off and we cut to the SUV resting still with an open passenger window. The helmet rises up out of the window then suddenly shakes as it’s suspended from Deadpools fist.

Keep in mind, Liefeld saw this footage two years ago and he’s had to suffer longer than anyone knowing how good something is yet so far out of reach. The best you can really do is just keep reading the comic. It’s damn good, it’s strangely original. And it gently immerses you into the Marvel universe if you are a reluctant comic book reader.

Ryan Reynolds voices Leaked Deadpool Test Footage

Ryan Reynolds voices Leaked Deadpool Test Footage

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