Here is my second short film, Red Thread.
Please check it out. I hope you enjoy it.
Check out my first short film The Consequences.
Grace Kelly in Rear Window (1954)
“Guardians,” though, has done something different — it has slyly obviated the whole question. Who cares, it asks, if any of this is new or even a story as long as there are some cool visuals and laugh-worthy quips — as long as there are people, in the end, who are fun to hang out with?
All of this is, depending on your point of view, either a tragic sign of the movie apocalypse or the ultimate postmodern trick that has fans laughing all the way out of the theater. Hollywood, though, has already made its choice. And given “Guardians’ ” success, it will no doubt continue down that path, with literal sequels and plenty of spiritual heirs to follow. In that regard, this is the same old story — not that we need one.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However the film is the first in the MCU not set (mostly) on Earth. Directed and co-written by James Gunn, GotG tells the story of how a band of misfits come together to save the galaxy. That’s it, that’s the story, one line. Look, Marvel clearly doesn’t give a shit about story as evidence by every release since the first Iron Man film. The story is pedestrian and fails to earn nearly any payoff.
The strength of the film is in having a couple of interesting, funny characters. On top of that list is Peter Quill (AKA Star-Lord), who is played wonderfully by Chris Pratt. The introduction of the character (post-earth) may be the best scene in the film. As Star-Lord dances through an abandoned alien planet to the tune of “Come and Get Your Love,” the audience is shown who the character is, not told. This is one of the biggest issues with the script, co written by Gunn and Nicole Perlman, the audience is constantly told who characters are instead of being shown. The villain Ronan the Accuser is supposed to be this super-evil character who is all evil and stuff. But that’s never really shown. Why is he evil? Why has he made the deal with you-know-who? The audience never really finds out, instead they’re told that he’s evil and that the good guys need to stop him. Lee Pace, who plays Ronan, is completely over-the-top and is so bad that it makes the character difficult to watch.
Along with Star-Lord, the characters of Rocket and Groot are an interesting combination. Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper, balances between smart-ass, bad-ass, and tragic(-ass?) throughout the film. Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, with his limited vocabulary functions well along side the complexity of Rocket. Unfortunately, Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana, doesn’t add a whole lot outside of keeping the team focused on their goal and acting as a love interest for Quill. Drax, played by Dave Bautista, is so awkward that nearly every line from the character is cringe-worthy. The exception being, “Why would I want to put my finger on his throat?”
While the film uses the “Awesome Mixtape #1” filled with notable songs from the late 70’s and early 80’s well, the score for the film is pretty terrible. Most of the time the score from Tyler Bates is completely unnoticeable, but when it is present it fails to add to the given scene and more often than not retracts from it.
And I almost forgot, Karen Gillian was there as Nebula for a bit… then she just kind of disappeared. But she was definitely there.
Guardians of the Galaxy is filled with bright colors, explosions, jokes, spaceships and loud noises. Yes, if you like those things, then you’ll probably love this movie. I’m exaggerating (not really). GotG is not nearly as bad as most summer blockbusters, but it’s not all that much better either.
“If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.”
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, August 2014.
Regarding the difference between Sci-Fi and Fantasy:
Science Fiction describes stories that are based on theoretical possibilities. Fantasy doesn’t, it allows for the creation of new worlds and abilities that are outside the realm of possibilities.
So, I would qualify Star Wars (my favorite film of all time) as fantasy, not sci-fi. While it has sci-fi elements, the world (so to speak) of the film is based more on fantasy (the force) than science.
Sci-Fi: dystopian societies, time travel, alien encounters, cloning, robots, space travel.
Fantasy: magic, creatures/monsters, super powers, immortality.