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Let me tell you a tale of the Guardians of the Galaxy

By Bert Ehrmann

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Fort Wayne Reader

2017-05-04


Gather round and let me tell a tale that will shock, horrify and electrify you.

I have a little secret to admit ó according to some very high profile sources, one of which is me, Iím the one person in the world that didnít care for the 2014 movie Guardians of the Galaxy. In fact, Iíd go as far as to say that I didnít like GG. Think of how odd that is coming from a superhero and sci-fi junkie whoís spent many a Saturday night scanning Netflix, then Amazon Prime and then Netflix again looking for anything superhero or sci-fi to watch ó to say that he doesnít like a superhero sci-fi movie that the masses loved, that made nearly $800 million at the box office is practically sacrilegious. But itís true, Iím no a fan of Starlord, Drax, Groot, Gamora or any of that interstellar bunch.

Thatís not to say that Iím a fan of each and every superhero movie. No way! I didnít care for either of the Thor movies and thought a lot of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a drag. But I donít dislike either of those two movies. Iím not a fan of them but will still watch them if I happen to be flipping around the dial and catch an airing. Yet, Iím not that way for GG, and itís not like I havenít tried.

For starters, I didnít see GG in the movie theater, though thatís not that uncommon these days since I watch most movies at home via digital download. A few of my friends did see it there and said it was wonderful and some called it their favorite superhero movie ever. And online reviews of the movie were generally glowing too.

Plus, I was always a huge fan of the GG comics and the whole superheroes in space subgenre that emerged in the 1990s, of which this film was adapting and updating, too. So, once GG was available I immediately rented it and sat down to watch what I was assuming was going to be a great experience.

Except it wasnít. Right from the start, right from Peter Quill as a kid being abducted by aliens to adult Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) trying to steal something, getting caught, trying to talk his way out of trouble before finally having to fight his way out of it ó I knew the movie was in trouble for me. And hereís the thing, Iím not sure why.

I donít mind it when characters have smart-mouths, I loved Deadpool. And I donít mind it when movies are over the top in terms of action, I love things like Mad Max: Fury Road. But for whatever reason these elements in GG just didnít click for me.

And itís not like I havenít tried to like the movie. When I told those same friends I didnít like the movie as they were getting Groot Christmas presents and rewatching their Blu-ray of GG for the many-ith time, they couldnít believe what I was saying. It was like GG was made for me, it was a combination of the genres I like and even had story elements from comics I liked and collected. So surly there mustíve been something wrong with me since I didnít like it. Either I didnít like GG because everyone else did, which I donít think so since Iím generally not like that ó I either like something or I donít and arenít ashamed to say so, or maybe my initial viewing of the film was sub-optimal. That what I needed to do was to go back and watch it again. So I did. Since it was released Iíve watched GG two more times and every time the viewingís over I come away with the same review, ďMeh.Ē To me, GG isnít bad but itís not good either.

And now comes the forgone sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 thatís currently in theaters. If itís anything like the first GG itíll be a film that most people I know will love and cherish. But for me itíll be a movie where Iím on the outside looking in trying to figure out what all the fuss is about.

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