July 08, 2014

Thoughts On Last Night's 17 Minute GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Preview, Plus A Bonus Third Trailer

You guys.


I know I said a few weeks back that I was going into media blackout mode regarding Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy, but last night I broke my own rules and attended a 17 minute free preview screening.  I was initially very hesitant to go, but my wife (who is often smarter than I) went ahead and secured the tickets and it seemed like a fun sort of mini-date.  I've done these sort of events before, notably when Warner Brothers debuted the opening mid-air attack sequence from The Dark Knight Rises, but never this close to a film's release date.

I'm not gonna give you a blow-by-blow of exactly what I saw on screen, mostly because I'm not a douche.  But rather than give us the film's opening scene (which I expect will be mostly young Peter Quill getting abducted and sent hurtling into space) we're instead treated to a big action sequence set inside an intergalactic prison and it feels like it's the first time that Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot are forced to really come together and work as a team.  It was a perfect introduction to each individual character and I was really struck by just how distinct and fascinating everyone was even with only minimal background information - Rocket doesn't know what a raccoon is and Drax is likely to emerge as an unlikely source of hilarity since he comes from a race of people who communicate everything literally, so the concept of a metaphor is completely foreign to him.  (It's like the opposite of the "Darmok and Jalad at Tenagra" episode of Star Trek: TNG.)  But the relationships between each character were also great - Rocket and Groot are already best buds, but their relationship with Peter Quill is a little more adversarial while Drax and Gamora seem to be tenuous allies at best.

On top of all that, we got a look at some great practical aliens, creative, fast-paced action, effective use of 3D and exactly the sense of humor and just plain old FUN that I've been hoping for from this movie.  I didn't think it was possible, but it appears that I've somehow managed to underestimate Guardians Of The Galaxy.  This thing is going to be a MONSTER.  Get ready for lots of Rocket costumes this Halloween because 10-year-olds are going to absolutely flip their shit once they meet that foul-mouthed little hellion.

After the prison scene we were treated to a slightly longer version of the trailer below, which I think is still totally great in that there's lots of fun new characters revealed (Blue-skinned, mohawked Michael Rooker ahoy!) without giving away any real plot.  Plus they've finally eschewed Blue Swede's Hooked On A Feeling, which was really starting to annoy, in favor of Cherry Bomb by The Runaways.  So prepare to have that stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

I think that Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is going to seriously impress me this weekend, but after last night's preview event my expectations for Guardians Of The Galaxy could not possibly be any higher.

Get ready.

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