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Guardians of the Galaxy: Trailered

February 19, 2014

We interrupt this blog’s extended hiatus to bring you the spiffy, tonally odd trailer for Marvel’s most off-beat entry to their ever-expanding cinematic canon: Guardians of the Galaxy. Now with 100% more pro wrestlers in heavy make-up!  

Honestly — I don’t know what to make of it. It’s always dicey to judge a product by its pre-release promotion. My own personal Waterloo on this happened back at the close of the last millennium, when the trailers/ads for The Matrix first started cropping up, and I loudly proclaimed to anyone who would listen that it would be nothing but Johnny Mnemonic 2: Electric Boogaloo. That it would be dreadful beyond words. And then it turned out to be pretty darn good and fresh, and I ate a plateful of my own snark. (The crap was saved for the sequels.)

What you can judge a trailer on is whether or not it gets you ginned up to see the movie. (See : Man of Steel) And this? This doesn’t get me ginned up to see the movie. I want Guardians to be odd, to embrace the feral strangeness of Rocket Raccoon (apparently shorn here of his descriptive family name) and an Ent from outer space. You can tell director James Gunn and everyone onboard is trying for that, and we saw an exemplar with the Thor: The Dark World post-credits scene. But man — the first impression of this thing is that it’s going to bomb. Hard. It leaves one cold. We don’t know these characters like we do Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, and no amount of Raiders of the Lost Ark homages, middle finger jokes or goofy pop songs is going to change that. I’ll be there on opening day because I love what Marvel does — even when it’s not so good — but as it stands right now I’d be hard pressed for giving you many reasons for doing so other than brand loyalty.

I personally won’t get too worried until Lee Pace’s Ronan and Glenn Close show up — the two casting choices I’m most intrigued by — depending on whether or not they play well. And, of course, we all have to wait to see more of the action besides the blink and you’ll miss them jump cuts. And you know what? Maybe I’m just letting my worries about the general reception for this flick get in the way of enjoying the prerelease ride. Still…

I stand ready to be Johnny Mnemoniced. I hope.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Gary permalink
    February 19, 2014 7:36 pm

    Hmmm…I liked it. And most people that have seen the trailer liked it. To each his own I guess. Looking forward to you returning to regular blogging.

    • February 20, 2014 1:24 pm

      I get the feeling that most people liked it because they’re preprogrammed at this point to like anything Silver Screen Marvel turns out. Again — could be wrong.

      Hopefully the blog will be back before the movie comes out.

  2. February 19, 2014 9:34 pm

    Not sure about this. I’ll obviously see it but it looks odd to me. Could go either way.

  3. Tom permalink
    February 20, 2014 1:33 am

    I wish they at least would have the original Guardians or something close. I will wait for the dvd not at all interested. I only have read the Bronze Guardians and I am not adverse to change but that’s just the way I feel.

    • February 20, 2014 1:27 pm

      Marvel is definitely scraping their third — or lower — tier for this one. We’re not in Avengers-land anymore.

  4. mlpost permalink
    February 20, 2014 2:46 am

    Yeah, we’re gonna hafta wait and see on this deal. It could go either way. But, the idea of a band of anti-social misfits joining together for different reasons in a common cause against a common enemy/unstoppable foe, during the course of which they all find hope and redemption and a sense of respect and affection for each other…
    It could be good!
    It’s worked before!
    A lot!

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