Opinion Piece: Could Guardians of the Galaxy be this years best Blockbuster?

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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 –

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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 –

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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.

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Verdict

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!

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43 responses to “Opinion Piece: Could Guardians of the Galaxy be this years best Blockbuster?

  1. I always enjoy your thoughtful reviews, but just as often wish you edited them for spelling and grammar. For example, “…the golden age of summer blockbuster fair…,” where “fair” should have been “fare.”

  2. I’m seeing it tomorrow and will let you know 🙂 This has been on my radar since the previews. Any movie that features Chris Pratt, John C. Reilly and a raccoon has to have something going for it.
    Joan

    • I was very much the same Mikey, agreed on Diesel as well. Just looks like a great mixture of fun and thrills, when Iron Man ect are becoming far to serious this looks like the antidote.
      Eddie

  3. Just saw this and it’s a very enjoyable film from start to finish, however I’d have to say Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is still the best blockbuster of the year so far.

  4. Good points Eddie but after watching “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, I don’t see how any other big budget Hollywood film can up that one! “Dawn” is near perfect in that it offers the best of everything a summer movie has to offer (actions scenes, great effects) plus the added bonus of a great screenplay, careful direction and superb acting. But anyway, I’ll still give “Galaxy” a chance… 😉

  5. Even though the Guardians might not be well known to the majority of people the simple fact that it has a Marvel label will attract everybody. Most people will see that Marvel is attached to this movie and they will automatically think that it has to be a great movie due to the fact that The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier were such huge box office hits. I just bought my ticket to go and watch it tomorrow night and I will be posting my review the same day and just by judging it from the trailers I can tell this will give “Dawn of the Apes” a serious battle simply because Guardians seems like a much more family friendly movie meaning it will attract more children than Apes and Godzilla (which I thought was absolutely awful).

  6. I’m going to see it this weekend. I really hope that it’s a great addition to the Marvel franchise. Not all comics need to be made into films, but I’m thinking that I may enjoy this one as well. I’m quite fond of Iron Man and also Captain America, Thor, and The Avengers. I’m crossing my fingers with this one. I actually think ppl are gonna flock to see it because of the whole Marvel of it all, but that still doesn’t mean that it will be good/great. I just hope it lives up to the hype.

    I also ran to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and it was very good in my opinion. Not sure how the box office results will go with Guardians, but it may come close to DOTPOTA simply because everyone wants to see it. *crosses fingers*

  7. I sort of agree about Ronan. Every villain not named Loki seems to suffer as dispensary antagonists. But hopefully Ronan continues playing a role in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy sequels.

  8. It’s a good ‘un, guys! And as much as I enjoyed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, I think I liked Guardians of the Galaxy better. But really, they’re entirely different beasts, and aren’t really comparable.

    It’s a shame Lee Pace was a tad underused, though–but he did superbly with the screen time he was given!

    • Love to hear about Pace mate, thanks for letting us know! Dawn and this do seem like different film beasts (one more hairy than the other) but looking forward to comparing them both somewhat.
      Eddie

  9. This is what a Summer Movie is supposed to be like. FUN! The Comic book movies and Science Fiction stories that have filled the summer to this point have been OK and a couple have been great, but none of them have been this much fun to watch. I’m heading back again next week.

  10. You missed out X-Men: Days of Future Past in the first para 😛

    Looking forward to this one. Was gonna skip it but the glowing reviews have changed my mind now!

    • Gotta admit man I am burnt out from XMen movies sadly so I skipped that one. I was the same for Guardians but everyone’s positive thoughts about it has made me very keen to see it.
      Eddie

  11. It was the most fun blockbuster movie I’ve seen in a very long time, since maybe the first Iron Man. That’s kind of sad since fun is supposed to be the point of blockbusters.

    • That’s it man, there has been a downfall in the fun factor in most recent blockbusters only really Edge of Tomorrow had a large fun motto. Good to hear this one provides the goods.
      Eddie

  12. Having seen it now I think they turned that Tree/Raccoon con into a real pro. They really pulled that off. I’d watch a e show of just the two of them.

    I have to say I’m team Dawn too but I’m sure GotG will win the boxoffice.

    • I must admit to being a Dawn team member to but this was a very fun ride despite all things within that held it back, eg being far to generic in many ways.
      Eddie

  13. Pingback: Film Review – Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) | Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys)·

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