By James Shaw (The Windup Geek) and Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
J: Ed and I were lucky enough to have a sneak peek into Marvel’s new mega picture Guardians of the Galaxy. With a couple of free tickets, by 7pm we were treated to roughly 17 minutes of what could potentially be another Marvel masterpiece.
And like any convention I’ve been to I was able to speak easily to others in attendance who like me held similar tastes. Between the sounds of Godzilla ringtones and talk of the newest animated Sailor Moon series, it was good to know that among the new people we met were old friends and acquaintances.
Fellow geeks and nerds we recognized were local celebrity cosplayer Dawn Richardson, artist and published author Astra Crompton, and professional photographer Qué Banh. Being in good company, one could not ask for better even if the movie preview were to turn sour.
E: In what was provided, this movie is going to be good. I don’t think it’ll be exceptional, but only time will tell.
People not familiar with a bit of the history of the comic book turned into a film may be left scratching their heads. I’m thinking specifically about how the Earth-born Peter Quill ended up in deep space. That has to be noted when Quill got angry at a prison guard looking at his memorabilia. One of the items the person finds is his cassette tape of 1970’s hits.
That means that either Quill was an Apollo Mission astronaut or an alien abductee. I’m sure some simple explanation will be offered in the actual film, but as for the rest: the intro given in the trailers is more than enough to get viewers up to speed in who he is, and what kinds of trouble the rest of his prison-mates can represent.
J: I’m going to guess Quill is a man who was ripped out of time. Now being light years (and decades out) from his home, that cassette is the only real thing left of his life. In the trailers one may think of this but after seeing the previewed footage, it is easier to see.
E: But in what audiences will hear will no doubt be a tribute to the 70’s. Blue Swede’s Hooked on a Feeling is the signature tune to this film as Quill, Raccoon, Groot, Gamora and Drax plod their way into saving the Galaxy from some mysterious force.
When the Throne of Thanos is revealed and the plot centers on a mysterious orb likened to the Ark of the Covenant and the Maltese Falcon (as Quill pointed out), this film is certainly going to have a bit of adventurous intrigue when it releases. The exclusive shown to fans was more focussed on Raccoon plotting this team’s escape from prison and he takes the center stage for this clip.
J: People will enjoy watching them cause havoc as they beat up guards, shoot down drones and tear machinery apart.
The film’s decent 3D scenes only enhanced my movie experience, and I’m picky about my 3D. I haven’t seen a movie worth the 3D fee in a long time. This might be one of those rare moments where I will admit shelling out $16 is worth it.
E: I’ll have to do a bit of research to find out if this film was a conversion job or filmed in 3D because there is a difference. I’m even more picky than James in that sense.
Either way, this 17 min preview is a great teaser for the movie that will release to theatres August 1st. Plenty of tiny plot details are offered so I know that this film might move in a similar style as The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (or even Farscape as many fans have pointed out) more than the serious attempts at plotting in other Marvel Entertainment films, namely Winter Soldier or Thor: Dark World.
Trailer Credit: JoBlo Movie Trailers.