Friday, August 1, 2014



Temecula, CA – The red phone has been augmented by my presence on Face Book and that’s where this story starts, with an invite from Thou Shalt Game*, an emporium of comics, board games, figs [miniature action figures], tournaments, etc. through a Cosplay vendor I met at Club Cosplay

Opening at 7PM, 2 hours earlier than the advance showing at the Mall’s Edwards Cinemas and $2 cheaper also, Jesse of TSG explained to me that this Digiplex premiere promotion was part of a new effort to attract a larger market share by teaming up with the local popular hangout of geek culture. Surprisingly, though many in the audience were self-admitted ‘geeks’, not everyone identifies, as one young woman remarked behind me, “I didn’t know this was a geek thing, I thought it was an action movie.”

Happily, this is a film for both markets; geeks and non-geeks. For the geeks, they get to see the successful big screen launch of characters from Marvel’s Universe who, like in the plot, were misfits and known only to geeks. For the rest of us, this movie kicks ass in that comic book fashion we have come to love from the likes of Iron Man, The Avengers, and Thor. However, beyond the rock ‘em-sock ‘em cinematics, this movie has heart and depth. You even get the Stan Lee cameo.

Here’s my report.

Marvel really got it right”- Jesse, TSG

Sets and action, A+. I saw this showing ‘old school’ in 2D. When I see this film next, it will be in IMAX 3D. 

Plot, also an A. The list of characters is impressive and expansive in individuality. You didn’t need a program to tell the players but to geeks who do have a program, they seemed well sated. 

Trailers, A+. Though only seeing the movie once, I ‘crammed’ in advance on the trailers. Unlike with some movies, these trailers give you the proper layer of the plot onion and do exactly what a trailer is supposed to, they tease without revealing too much.

Themes, A+. Hidden within delicious mouthfuls of hearty action and explosions, washed down with witty dialogue, are the themes of extreme intolerance [Jews/Palestinians], identity ambiguity [LGBT], self esteem, bullying, GMO engineering, and life after death, but you better be paying attention to catch some of these with all the whiz-bang action eye candy.

Characters, A+. For most movies, the central protagonist [hero] experiences a character arc; going from the place you first see [him or her] at the start of the story to a new place of awareness by film’s end. Like the Wizard of Oz, the viewer here sees all the central characters make a character arc, and two in a very surprising turn that made my eyes water up a bit. Even one of the antagonists reveals a subtle arc that shows the film’s heart, evident in only the best comic stories written.

Final analysis. Though I didn’t leave the theater itching for  a cool light saber or pondering the meaning of ‘the force’, Guardians of The Galaxy utilized gadgetry as accessory propage to augment full-blooded [I’m not sure what color that blood might be, however] characters who show heart over the action. Unlike Superman, with Earth as his ‘adopted’ planet, and Batman, who is ultra-wealthy in his alter ego, Peter Quill has more in common with me than just a name. Aside from having a unique group of friends myself, once or twice I have been accused of flying by the seat of my pants and shooting from the lip.

GofG – two thumbs way up!! Get tickets here!!

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