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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

the movie pretty much boiled down to some genuinely great moments surrounded by an absolute mess - clunky plot, clunky dialogue, and clunky transitions. there were too many times that i groaned inwardly at all of the Dramatic! Acting! and too many times when i was annoyed at plot-moving points that made no sense whatsoever.

almost all of the action scenes were boring and predictable, and there was never any real tension in the film with the one exception of the "prison breakout plan", and that tension was built up in an annoyingly superficial way. there is absolutely no reason for a commander to take five plus guys with rocket launchers and say, "let's just fire one at a time for a few volleys and then i'll give the real command to have everyone fire all together just in time for there to be a solution."

and it's frustrating because beneath it all there was potential for something really great there and i bet with a better director it would have been. it wasn't quite Michael Bay, but i could be convinced that it was a distant cousin.

fails the bechdel test. the two named female characters do have some decent dialogue moments, but all of those moemnts were essentially pissing contests about who's the better daughter.

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bettalove
Aug. 3rd, 2014 01:25 am (UTC)
I saw it this afternoon and have to agree. I had high hopes that this would be a good one too.
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