Piece compiled by Eddie on 1/08/2014
2014 has been a bit of a mixed bag for the blockbuster contenders. We have some fine examples with original and often daring big budget Sci-Fi’s, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Edge of Tomorrow which did fine business at the box office and were well received by critics yet many other counterparts have come and been quickly forgotten about, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Maleficent, Godzilla and Divergent just to name a few. So where does it look like Guardians of the Galaxy will land? Arguably Marvels most risky and unique venture yet.
J and E are here looking into the likely success of the film in three quick yet overviewing for’s and against’s. James Gunn’s Sci-Fi caper is intriguing either way you look at it and the movie world will be watching closely to see just what type of dollar damage and audience affection the film can muster in it’s theatrical run. Whatever way the results eventually turn into, August 7th looks tantalising indeed.
Happy reading and happy watching.
3 Reasons For –
1. The early reviews – There is no doubting early published reviews are extremely positive, with large industry icons through to small time bloggers calling out this film as one of if not the most fun movie of the year. Some reviewers aren’t afraid to heap 5 star reviews on what seems to be a movie for everybody both young and old. As cinemablend.com calls out “One of the most entertaining, fun, thrilling, heartfelt and beautiful summer blockbusters we’ve seen.” High praise indeed.
2. Chris Pratt – After years toiling away in supporting turns and eventually finding much fame and love in his role in Parks and Recreation, Mr. Anna Farris looks set to explode into all new levels of fame with his role here as the films hero Peter Quill/Star Lord. Pratt has always been great at comedic timing and one suspects this is the perfect moulding of material and actor.
3. Forget serious, this one brings the fun – Harkening back to the golden age of summer blockbuster fare where the first thing on peoples mind was fun, Guardians looks set to not only indulge us in a sensory overload of impressive visuals but make us laugh and jump on board with a bunch of characters handcrafted to entertain above all else.
3 Reasons Against –
1. Generic Villains – In what can always bring a blockbuster movie down it does seem highly likely that the main threat to the universe here in Guardians may be a slight bit to generic to really be memorable. Lee Pace (who is a truly fine actor, see The Fall as proof of this) as Ronan the Accuser faces an uphill battle to bring the goods in a role that may be beyond salvaging in an originality sense.
2. Will people buy into a tree and a wise cracking raccoon? – Everyone’s favourite bright eyes Bradley Cooper voicing a CGI mammal and Vin Diesel as a Tree who utters only his own name, can these supports win over the audience? It seems the voice work by Cooper has been so far well received and the work of Diesel should be neither here nor there but will audiences want to spend money to see these guys in action? That is a question that only time will be able to tell but there presence may scare off audiences or affect their overall feelings towards the film.
3. A less popular name brand may mean less audience numbers – Diehard Marvel fan boys would be the only ones able to lay claim to knowing anything at all about one of the Comic giants lesser known properties. All previous Marvel films have been adapted from much more well-known comics and characters to it will be interesting if people engage emotionally into a universe that is far more withdrawn from the usual stereotypes.
All things considered it looks like Marvel has once more set itself up to rake in the Box Office millions (billions?) with what looks like an extremely fun and family friendly big screen outing with a motto of thrills over being too serious and in a modern age where things tend to get a little too emotional for their own good, Guardians of the Galaxy could just be the medicine the Box Office/audience needs in a year with many blockbuster disappointments. Can Guardians of the Galaxy be this years best blockbuster? I wouldn’t bet against a raccoon with a rocket launcher!
For my final take on the film read my review HERE
How do you think Guardians of the Galaxy will fare? Will it take off into the stratosphere or fall harder than a falling tree? Are you even excited? Let us know in the comments below!