When Marvel first announced Guardians of the Galaxy as an upcoming title on their already-crowded roster, more than a few heads tilted sideways in confusion: Just who are the the Guardians of the Galaxy, anyway? And after a series of trailers, TV spots, and posters, people may still not really know much about them, but there sure a number who are excited for the flick. With its biting humor, likable cast, great visual effects, and now a series of positive first reviews, it seems like success has been spelled out for this risk-taking venture for Marvel.
As of writing this article, Guardians of the Galaxy sits at 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Yes, it is far too early to ring the bells of success, as things do tend to trend downward as more reviews flock in, and this film is practically guaranteed to have at least 200 reviews on the site within a couple weeks. Still, 19 positive early reviews is nothing to slouch at. But what are they saying about Guardians?
John Lowe at The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, though he didn’t seem to be completely taken in by its over-the-top nature:
“Ultimately, Gunn’s immersive interpretation of the Guardians’ universe succeeds in large part because of his integration of top-shelf visual effects. Despite occasional disregard for the laws of physics, much of the imagery displayed onscreen is so realistic and thrill-inducing that sometimes even the plot becomes almost secondary during the more intensely visual sequences.”
James Rocchi over at The Wrap had similar complaints about the Guardians, saying:
“All the Marvel films look clean, are shot relatively well, and are, to a one, both overstuffed and underwritten, full of too many characters in search of too many McGuffins.”
The McGuffins are a strong point. A common complaint among all Marvel films has been its tendency to throw magical objects in the air and say “go get it” to its characters, ultimately giving the films boring motivations. It looks like Guardians of the Galaxy may be no different in that respect. The folks at Variety also gave a positive review, praising the Chris Pratt in the lead role, yet pointing out a few of its smaller flaws:
“An unusually prankish and playful Marvel Studios vehicle, director James Gunn’s presumptive franchise-starter is overlong, overstuffed and sometimes too eager to please, but the cheeky comic tone keeps things buoyant — as does Chris Pratt’s winning performance as the most blissfully spaced-out space crusader this side of Buckaroo Banzai.”
On the whole, the buzz for Guardians of the Galaxy seems to be on quite the positive slant. There are some slight Marvel-esque complaints, but none of the reviewers thus far were too bogged down by it to the point where they didn’t enjoy the flick.
There you have it. Do these early looks at Guardians of the Galaxy have you completely stoked for the movie, or a bit worried at Marvel’s constant need to throw out McGuffins? Let us know below!