Michael Rooker

The Frickin Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2

Ooga Chaka Ooga Chaka Ooga Chaka, I can’t stop this feeling, deep inside of me! Girl you know I’m ready for, the Guardiaaaaans! Guardians Of The Galaxy was my number one most anticipated film of 2014. I had no idea what to expect and it was Marvel’s biggest gamble at the time. Could they take this obscure comic and make the general movie goer audiences by in to it. Over 700 million dollars later, I think they found a way to do so.

Vol 2 has been a film I have been super excited for. Could not wait to see where they take these characters. Returning to the franchise is Vol 1 director James Gunn bringing back his rag tag group of guardians that include Star-Lord Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt, Gamora played by Zoe Saldana, Drax played by Batista, and the duo of Rocket Raccoon and Groot voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel respectively. Returning from the first film we have Karen Gillian as Nebula and Michael Rooker as Yondu. This go around the Guardians are being forced to look at Peter Quills lineage as Kurt Russel joins the cast as Star Lords father, Ego the living planet.

I will be pretty vague with the story because there wasn’t much known going into the film, and I want you to have the same experience as I am not really knowing where the story goes, but basically, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2′ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

For the most part Vol 2 is fun and exciting. It is an entertaining ride from start to finish. The marketing department really got the trailers right, they literally only showed us scenes from the opening 20 minutes mostly. The chemistry in this cast is incredible and it is fun to once again be with this family. Everyone takes their characters and dials them up a little. Batista’s Drax is an obviously stand out once again. Think about what you have seen in the trailers, and double it.

I was very worried that Baby Groot would become entirely played out early on. Before I even saw the film I was already almost too tired of Baby Groot. However, they do an incredible job of making you totally forget the overabundance of Baby Groot from the media and marketing department and right from the opening credits you fall in love with him all over again. Sean Gunn as well is incredible reprising his role from the first film.

Unfortunately it is not all great. Most notably the soundtrack is nowhere near as strong as the original. However that is a hard task to have had accomplished seeing as Vol 1 might have been the greatest soundtrack ever put together. So we can’t really fault them for that. What I do fault them for was a very generic and clichéd story. When you really get into what the plot of the movie is they go through some very basic storytelling plot points. It becomes incredibly predictable. As well the emotional beats are incredibly forced and clichéd. It’s like James Gunn said ok guys this is the part you will have the feels” and it’s not really deserved so it doesn’t play off as it should. The film is beautifully shot and the cinematography is amazing. The action sets are incredible, and for the most part the action is well shot. There were maybe 2 or 3 too many slow motion scenes though. James Gunn might have over done it a bit there.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2. Is overall a fun and excited addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While it doesn’t do much to further the universe on a whole, you get the feeling the effects of this film will be felt within the MCU. Everyone is great in the roles; it is entertaining and leaves you wanting more. I scored the film a 3.3, with a Jeebus Bonus of .3 for both Baby Groot, and the feels that it can give you. That gives us a Jeebus Score of 3.6. So what say you Jackass Nation? Are you excited for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2? Who is your favorite of the Guardians? Sound off in the comments below! And remember, It Is What It Is!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 5 points with a .5 bonus. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Entertainment Value, Story/Writing, Performance, Direction, and Production. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 5.5 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

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Hooked on a feeling! A review of Guardians of the Galaxy

For a pretty long time now, my most anticipated film of the year has been Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel’s final film in Phase II before we head into The Avengers Age of Ultron. This film looks to be Marvel’s biggest gamble to date. The characters are by far the most obscure, well until the post credit scene, but for the most part, some of the most obscure in all of the Marvel library. The hope was that now that we are 12 films in, that Marvel has gained a track record that gives the viewer a trust that’ll send them out to take a chance on the film. I for one hope that you all do take the leap of faith, you will not be disappointed.

Guardians of the Galaxy! The next big Marvel adventure. The film stars an amazing cast that includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. Directed James Gunn, the film tells the story of 5 unlikely heroes that find themselves in the middle of a galaxy threatening crises and must come together to save the lives of billions upon billions of people.

The film is a lot of fun to watch. Chris Pratt who plays the main character Peter Quill, AKA Star Lord, is a thief who becomes the de facto leader of the group. He is joined by the assassin adopted daughter of the war lord Thanos, Gamora (Saldana). Along with two bounty hunters, Rocket Raccoon (Cooper) and Groot (Diesel) and a maniac named Drax the Destroyer (Bautista) who is on the hunt for Ronin the Accuser (Pace) for murdering his family. Ronin is joined by Gamora’s adopted sister Nebula (Gillan) in his quest to destroy the planet Xandar and the Nova Corps.

Guardians gets the blockbuster fun done right. You are entertained the entire film. There’s not really a moment in the film that it drags or gets boring. The graphics are also epic. As I watched the movie I kept get the feeling I was watching Star Wars, until I’d get a feeling that it was a Star Trek film. Finally I came to a conclusion that’s really the perfect mix between Star Wars, Star Trek, and a Marvel Film. The soundtrack was awesome as well. Every song takes you back, and flows within the film perfectly. They each give a sense of who Peter Quill is and where he comes from

While the movie is Peter Quill’s story, the show is definitely stolen by a trio of characters. Yes the superstar is obviously Bradley Cooper as Rocket. He brings such personality to the character that you don’t even hear Cooper’s voice. You believe this is the talking Raccoon Marvel has given us. Groot was special case. How was Vin Diesel going to give us substance with only 3 words, “I am Groot”? Well he does it. Not just as comedy relief, but he emotionally connects with us as well. And Bautista as Drax is amazingly a break out star. He’s not a world class thespian be any means, but he is still able to steal the scenes when on camera.

It’s not all perfect though. While the story remains as Peter Quill’s story, he is the most developed character in the film. These characters all have such rich back stories. Most of which we as fans wouldn’t know off the top of our heads. I for one had to look them all up when I heard of the movie. After doing my research I became very excited, yet the film doesn’t give us much on most them. You get some dialog about where they come from, but no real sense of who they are. Gamora especially I would love to see more about. Speaking of, I was amped up all film for the eventual fight between her sister Nebula and her, yet when you finally get it, it’s not all that great. And as for the fights, and action sequences, while the space battles all look phenomenal and are awesome, a lot of fights felt a little too choreographed.

I’m going to give this film a Jeebus score of 4.9 with a bonus of .3 for Rocket, Groot, and Drax. Rounding us out to 5.2, Multiple Viewings Required! Now I’m not going to spoil it, but I am going to go into a little bit about how I felt about the post credit scene. So if you don’t want any information, or anything that could be considered a SPOILER, please skip the rest of this article.

POSSIBLE SPOILER ZONE: Ok, in 2008 Samuel L. Jackson walked out of the shadows after the credits of Iron Man and spoke about the Avengers Initiative. This changed the landscape of the Superhero Genre. Hell the landscape of the all of cinema. The Shared Universe concept was born. After The Incredible Hulk Tony Stark walked into a bar and spoke to General Ross. In 2010 Agent Coulson found a Hammer after the credits. In 2011 Loki controlled Erik Selvig. And at the end of Captain America, Sam Jackson once again walked out of the shadows and told Steve Rogers he needed him to save the world. Then we got a montage of scenes for The Avengers. But then something changed. After the Avengers we got 2 scenes. One including Shawarma. While funny, it was the Thanos one we wanted. We loved it and were ok with Shawarma. But then, Tony Stark had a conversation with Bruce Banner, and we got nothing. And now, we again, get a cheap nothing scene! We know there is Age of Ultron Footage out there, you couldn’t give us anything? No you give us one post credit scene that gives us nothing to look forward to for the next 273 days leading up to Age of Ultron! Nothing to further this amazing universe you have created!? For this, while I originally gave a .5 for a bonus, I am taking away .2! DAMN YOU JAMES GUNN AND KEVIN FIEGE! DAMN YOU!

 

Still hooked on a feeling. Marvel releases the 2nd Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.

Marvel is firing on all cylinders these days. What started in 2008 with Samuel L Jackson telling Robert Downey Jr he wanted to talk about “the Avengers initiative” in a post credits scene of Iron Man, has grown into an entire universe. A universe that has now spread for  films, and now a 10 with Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. Today Marvel has released their 2nd trailer for the upcoming superhero film. The fun thing about the Guardians is, we don’t really know what to expect. Remember back when superhero were limited to Batman and Superman. Then came the X-Men and Spider-Man, both well known so accepted. But then, then Jon Favreau, Kevin Fiege, and Marvel took a chance on Iron Man. No one really knew what to expect, but it blew up the superhero genre and introduced us to a whole new future of for the superhero film. But since then the films have been expected. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Avengers. All a little more known. But the Guardians of the Galaxy? The general public doesn’t know them. Hell half the comic book world doesn’t know. So watching this trailer, you get the same feelings you got early on with Iron Man, its exciting to see where this goes.

Guardians of the Galaxy tells the story of Peter Quill as he is forced to team up a band of misfit criminals to save the galaxy from the forces of evil. The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, John C Reilly, Glen Close, and Benicia del Toro. It will be directed James Gunn, and is set to be released August 1 2014.