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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) — Marvel’s Weirdest Team in Marvel’s Strongest Movie

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Space Avengers.

Space Avengers.

Guardians of the Galaxy is the tenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it is directed by James Gunn (Slither, Super) and co-written by Gunn and Nicole Perlman. In a departure from the highly interconnected, Earth-bound Marvel Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy takes place in a galaxy far, far away (hmmm). Peter Quill (Chris Pratt, a massive departure from Parks and Recreation) aka Star-Lord, was abducted as a child by a group of inter-galactic marauders and has since grown up as a thief and rogue. When Quill discovers an ancient orb on a desolate planet, he finds himself in the crosshairs of Kree warrior Ronan (Lee Pace), who is also after the artefact. In his journey Quill encounters Gamora (Zoe Saldana), an assassin who looks to redeem her nefarious past; Drax (former WWE Champion Dave Bautista), looking to avenge the death of his family at the hands of Thanos (that big guy at the end of The Avengers!); Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), a genetically engineered raccoon with a penchant for weaponry; and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), a hulking, anthropomorphic tree and companion of Rocket. Quill must tag with this renegade group of extraterrestrial fugitives to outrun Ronan and his subordinates who are in pursuit of the orb, which holds one of the powerful Infinity Stones and the capability to destroy the galaxy.

The strong point of this film is the outlandish cast of characters. Each character has different backgrounds and different motivations, and the greatest moments come when they are interacting with each other — both clashing and bonding. The humour is never cheap either; there is never a moment where you are laughing at Rocket just because he’s a raccoon. On the contrary, Rocket is initially established as a no-nonsense, sarcastic badass, and the humour comes from the fact that he actually doesn’t realise he’s a raccoon. That’s great scripting, because the character of Rocket is established without a mention of raccoon, that point comes up naturally in the dialogue. Another great character trait belongs to Drax, as his people do not understanding metaphors, this creates some great comic banter between himself and the sassy Quill. GOTG has a level of entertaining character interactions and dialogue on par with The Avengers.

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San Diego Comic Con 2014: Just the Good Stuff

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San Diego Comic Con is the biggest of its kind. So big that it really needs to change its name, as it is less about the comics and more of a mass marketing tool for movies and TV programs. Comics are not a priority at this gigantic pop-culture convention. But movie scoops are fun! Here are some of the major announcements from the Mecca of all things terrific and nerdy this year, filtered and truncated for your pleasure!

Thanks to /Film and Badass Digest for the comprehensive Comic Con coverage this year.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

The winner of Comic Con this year goes to Warner Bros. and their upcoming DC Comics blockbuster Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The first massive news was the reveal of Gal Gadot in full costume as Wonder Woman. Feast your eyes!

Xena Warrior Princess

It’s Wonder Waitaminute…

Oh, shit! I got confused. Here you go:

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Wonder Woman

Truth be told, that is a badass costume and a badass picture. My only complaint — a large complaint; one I shared with Superman’s Man of Steel costume — is the desaturation and lack of colour. Someone needs to tell Zack Snyder that a little colour will not affect his ‘much gritty, such serious’ approach to these movies. An iconic outfit has been homogenised into something generically cool. Oh well.

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Trailer Talk: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Behold the new theatrical trailer for the upcoming sequel to director Marc Webb‘s (WEBB!!) mediocre 2012 franchise re-start, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

The trailer opens with Spidey (Andrew Garfield) in free-fall, much like Chev Chelios at the end of Crank. Unlike Chelios — even though they are both chemically enhanced — Spider-Man swings away at the vital moment to thwart crime instead of hitting the pavement.

Honestly, the trailer looks fantastic. Now that they have done away with telling the origin story (once again!), we can start dwelling on the character of Peter Parker and the action of the film. My only concern is the addition of too many new characters and plots; which, if you remember, is what made Spider-Man 3 such an overblown and underwhelming event.

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This Week in Trailers — Fortnight Edition!: Iron Man 3, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Jay & Silent Bob, More

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 – Trailer

Bill Hader returns to the role of Flint Lockwood in the sequel to the surprise financial and critical animated success from 2009, as does most of the cast including Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, James Caan, Neil Patrick Harris, Will Forte, and the excellent Terry Crews replacing the MIA Mr. T.

This trailer is definitely heavy on the food puns, which I can’t say is a bad thing: I should not have laughed nearly as much as I did at, “There’s a leek in the boat!” It’s worth checking out simply on the good-will the first instalment harboured.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 drops on Australia on a very late November 28.

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Iron Man 3 – Trailer

Here is the shiny new — and final — Iron Man 3 trailer. Joining the returning cast of Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwenyth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, and Paul Bettany‘s voice are franchise newcomers Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce, and Ben Kingsley as arch-nemesis The Mandarin. Kingsley has been watching his old wrestling tapes for preparation as he seems to be mimicking The Ultimate Warrior in his speech cadence:

Also joining the cast is The Reaper himself William Sadler! Cool! Also expect your obligatory Stan Lee appearance, despite his The Amazing Spider-Man appearance being quite hard to top.

Marvel seem to be throwing everything at this one. Will we see Robert Downey Jr. in the role of Tony Stark in future Marvel films? They are going to have to bring the big bucks if the number of films in his contract are expiring.

Iron Man 3 opens on April 24, one week before the US. Boom!

via Marvel UK

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