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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
Not a bad movie. Not a great movie. I thought the first half was pretty slow, and the midway point felt like it should be the end of the movie. Luckily the second half picked up quite a bit and saved it. If you're wondering, yes Dave Bautista did a pretty decent job.

Chris Pratt is pretty great in his role. Hard to believe Andy Dwyer is an action star.

And the end credit scene? If you have to explain to people who it it, don't put them in the flick.



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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    And the end credit scene? If you have to explain to people who it it, don't put them in the flick.




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Is Howard the Duck About to Make a Comeback?

Of all the characters in the Marvel universe, Howard the Duck may be the unlikeliest candidate for a comeback. The satirical character, born in an all-duck universe and trapped in a human world, had its comic-book heyday in the late ‘70s and spawned a notoriously awful 1986 film. And yet, the release of Guardians of the Galaxy has inspired speculation that Howard the Duck may quack again.

Here’s the deal: On Wednesday, a video purporting to show an end-credits Easter egg from Guardians of the Galaxy leaked online. In the clip, which is under a minute long, Guardians villain The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) is having a cocktail in his laboratory with a talking, computer-animated duck.

In case there was any doubt as to that creature’s identity, text appears after the video crediting Howard the Duck creators Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik. (In fact, the unofficial Disney news website Stitch Kingdomlaunched speculation about a Howard cameo last week when they got ahold of a Guardians credits list and noticed those two names on it.)

For those who are unfamiliar with the canon, Howard the Duck first appeared in Marvel comics as a one-off visual gag in a 1973 Man-Thing story. The offbeat character soon took on a life of his own, and in 1976, creator Steve Gerber launched a Howard the Duck title. Though the books maintained some crossover with the superhero universe, Howard was more of an anti-hero, ranting about the absurdity of modern life.

The cigar-smoking duck still shows up periodically in comics, but his image was forever tainted by the George Lucas-produced feature film.Starring Lea Thompson, Tim Robbins, and a really creepy duck costume, it received abysmal reviews, bombed at the box office, and routinely appears on “worst films of all time” lists. On the flip side, the movie attained such notoriety that it has developed somewhat of a cult following over the years, as the abundance of animated GIFs andYouTube clips demonstrates.






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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.35
I would say Captain America: The Winter Soldier is still my favorite Superhero movie this year. I would even say X-Men: Days of Future Past was better than Guardians of the Galaxy. It didn't suck, but it wasn't super awesome and make me want to watch it again right away. The special effects are really good. If you stay through the credits there are a million studios and names that did special effects for this movie. The 3D was pretty good for post conversion even though a lot of the movie was dark. Marvel is awfully confident in this movie, announcing the sequel at Comic Con and flat out saying "The Guardians of the Galaxy will return" at the end before the credits.


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Thanos looks like Josh Brolin like how the Hulk looks like Mark Ruffalo. Looks pretty cool, though.
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I absolutely loved the movie. It was full of a lot of comedy and pop-culture references that an 80's child like myself certainly enjoyed. Both post-credits scenes ruled, but I marked out so hard for the second one. I also thought Rocket, Drax and Groot stole the movie. Pratt was OK, and I think Zoe Saldana mailed this one in.

My biggest complaint was Ronan...I never really felt he was a threat to the Guardians. Not sure if I blame the writing or Lee Pace for that.


Bring on Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Also, I'd rate the soundtrack as an 11/10. Amazing stuff.

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I loved every minute of this movie; it was well worth the vacation day I burned so I could see it in a relatively empty theatre at 10:30AM.

I had never heard of these characters before the preview was posted on this site so I guess I didn't have any expectations. But I can't remember the last time I had that much fun watching a movie. Rocket Raccoon was awesome. I can't wait for the blu-ray.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
Be happy your theater can read.
http://uproxx.com/filmdrunk/2014/08/surprised-theatergoers-treated-to-rise-of-the-guardians-instead-of-guardians-of-the-galaxy/



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.12
This is my favorite of the 10 MCU movies released so far. I give this the highest possible recommendation possible. It was really fun, does not take itself so seriously, and has a pretty decent story that still ties into the main storyline of the movies.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.67
    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    And the end credit scene? If you have to explain to people who it it, don't put them in the flick.


I loved it. Best, biggest surprise they could have laid on me. As for the movie itself, I also really liked it. It turned out to be a comedy with action beats, instead of an action film with comedy beats, but I wound up being really okay with that. Everyone was fun, and Rocket was translated perfectly from the comics so he wound up stealing the show for me. Finally, it was a very small part, but Thanos wound up sounding exactly like I'd always imagined he did.
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I think I only saw one end credit scene.


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Howard the Duck


What was the other one?
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.99
Nous ne nous pouvons pas sortir.
Best talking raccoon movie of all time, hands down.

Had a good feeling about this one and pretty high expectations because I've been on the Gunn bandwagon since The Specials and Pratt was instantly the most likable part of Everwood when he was supposed to be playing the one dimensional Neanderthal jock.

We're just like Kevin Bacon, indeed.

Really enjoyed Cooper as a mellower Duckman (seriously certain line readings are an impersonation of George Costanza) as Rocket.

Ronan, like the Thor 2 bad guy, and don't pretend you know his name off the top of your head, had a great actor but never seemed like too much of a threat. He just showed up enough to remind you he was in the movie and was summarily dispatched. It's the old creative writing rule, don't just repeatedly tell us Ronan kills innocent women and children and scores and scores of men, show us. Take down the little girl who got the Groot flower if you have to make it personal but at least make it tangible. My only real complaint about the movie.

Other than that, a great time and the reason I will solve all future conflicts in my life with dance offs.

    Originally posted by StaggerLee

    And the end credit scene? If you have to explain to people who it it, don't put them in the flick.
Most of the Avengers audience had no earthly idea who Thanos was so I'm going to call Shenanigans on this.

Don't hate on [redacted]! It's not his fault.

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He's trapped in a world he never made!


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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.35
    Originally posted by Jobberman
    I think I only saw one end credit scene.


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    Howard the Duck


    What was the other one?


I think they consider dancing Groot plant a end credit scene.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.12
    Originally posted by oudom
      Originally posted by Jobberman
      I think I only saw one end credit scene.


      Spoiler Below: Highlight text to read
      Howard the Duck


      What was the other one?


    I think they consider dancing Groot plant a end credit scene.


The new term is "mid-credit" scene. The last bunch of MCU movies had mid and end credit scenes.



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.51
I love that we've entered a world where our post-credits scenes need credits. They should have just put that in the credits-proper. How many people pay close enough attention to the end credits that they would have seen the name go by and realize that they are going to see the character in the next few minutes? If I caught it, (and I highly doubt I would), I'd be trying to figure out when I missed him. If anything, I would have assumed he was in the background of the Collector's scenes.

As someone who read a handful of Marvel space comics and paid almost no attention to the '90's Guardians of the Galaxy, (and didn't even know about the 2008 reboot), I was somehow still super hyped for this movie and enjoyed it immensely.

Standard Marvel fare to start in a normal setting on Earth, but they ramp the action right up and get out of there. After that, its just alien term after alien term and they don't seem to spend too much time explaining things, which is fine. You pick up what you need to as the movie buzzes along. Its almost as if Marvel's claiming, "At this point, you're invested in our universe, so its going to get weird but good so just hang on." I guess once you've asked everyone to accept pink aliens and seemingly normal space-people, jumping to talking raccoons and tree-people isn't that much of a jump. My point is that by not over-focusing on the background, they just jumped into the action and character related stuff, and it worked.

Felt dumb when I realized (in poking around after the movie) that Nova Corp was connected to Nova. The shape of the ships should have given it away (and the name, duh). I'll always remember him as a member of the New Warriors. Again, haven't followed Marvel's cosmic continuity much at all since the 90's. I did like when their ships merged together to form that giant net. Serafinowicz's Saul (Sol?) was surprisingly straight in his performance. (His A-hole line in the trailers suggested he'd play more of a comedic role.) The part with Rocket yelling at him to hold on was surprisingly crushing.

This movie brought the feels! I liked Quill deciding to become a hero by sacrificing himself to save Gamora. I liked Drax' proclamation of his friendship with everyone. And We Are Groot.

So glad that mid-credits scene happened.

This movie was just straight up fun. Probably not as good as Winter Soldier, but it had more heart. Marvel does their super-groups right.

And I can't believe I saw the Pie Maker beat the shit out of Batista.


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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.12
    Originally posted by EddieBurkett

    As someone who read a handful of Marvel space comics and paid almost no attention to the '90's Guardians of the Galaxy, (and didn't even know about the 2008 reboot), I was somehow still super hyped for this movie and enjoyed it immensely.


I never knew they did a 2008 reboot either. I was waiting for them to get into Drax's backstory as Arthur Douglas, and waiting for him to start flying. Neither happened.

So, anyone have a guess as to who Star-Lord's father is? I am hoping it is Starhawk (from the 90s GotG) but I will not hold my breath.



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    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by EddieBurkett

      As someone who read a handful of Marvel space comics and paid almost no attention to the '90's Guardians of the Galaxy, (and didn't even know about the 2008 reboot), I was somehow still super hyped for this movie and enjoyed it immensely.


    I never knew they did a 2008 reboot either. I was waiting for them to get into Drax's backstory as Arthur Douglas, and waiting for him to start flying. Neither happened.

    So, anyone have a guess as to who Star-Lord's father is? I am hoping it is Starhawk (from the 90s GotG) but I will not hold my breath.


I am thinking Adam Warlock. It was good. Marvel finally found out how to use music in a film that wasn't the Avengers Assemble theme. Better Winter Soldier or Days of Future Past...eh I don't know about that.



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    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by EddieBurkett

      As someone who read a handful of Marvel space comics and paid almost no attention to the '90's Guardians of the Galaxy, (and didn't even know about the 2008 reboot), I was somehow still super hyped for this movie and enjoyed it immensely.


    I never knew they did a 2008 reboot either. I was waiting for them to get into Drax's backstory as Arthur Douglas, and waiting for him to start flying. Neither happened.

    So, anyone have a guess as to who Star-Lord's father is? I am hoping it is Starhawk (from the 90s GotG) but I will not hold my breath.


Short answer - a boring guy who's not really important.

Long answer - J'son, emperor of Spartax, and general bad guy. He was recently featured as a turncoat in the big INFINITY story from last year, and he's being used as a villain in the current Captain Marvel arc as well. He's a really dull, power-hungry stock villain character who's only been used in a handful of recent stories, and I don't really know how often he was used in the original Star-Lord run.

Regarding Drax, I think they scrubbed the Arthur Douglas stuff for the movies, which is probably just as well considering how complicated that all winds up getting with Moondragon and everything else. I do wish they'd kept his origin as a weapon for fighting Thanos, but I also don't think he's going to be much of a factor when that fight finally gets on-screen.
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    Originally posted by lotjx


    I am thinking Adam Warlock. It was good. Marvel finally found out how to use music in a film that wasn't the Avengers Assemble theme. Better Winter Soldier or Days of Future Past...eh I don't know about that.


The gal who developed the story for GotG, and is working on the second one, has said that Adam Warlock was never considered as someone they wanted on the big screen.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/adambvary/guardians-of-the-galaxy-nicole-perlman

    Nobody guided me. No one said, ‘You can’t do this character, you have to do this character.’” (Perlman said she worked in three other characters as possible members of the core group into early drafts, but, again, declined to say which ones, in case Marvel has plans for them in the future. For those of you wondering, however, she said she did not ever consider Adam Warlock or Quasar.)




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    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by lotjx


      I am thinking Adam Warlock. It was good. Marvel finally found out how to use music in a film that wasn't the Avengers Assemble theme. Better Winter Soldier or Days of Future Past...eh I don't know about that.


    The gal who developed the story for GotG, and is working on the second one, has said that Adam Warlock was never considered as someone they wanted on the big screen.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/​​adambvary/​​guardians-​​of-​​the-​​galaxy-​​nicole-​​perlman

      Nobody guided me. No one said, ‘You can’t do this character, you have to do this character.’” (Perlman said she worked in three other characters as possible members of the core group into early drafts, but, again, declined to say which ones, in case Marvel has plans for them in the future. For those of you wondering, however, she said she did not ever consider Adam Warlock or Quasar.)



She isn't involved at all with the sequel - James Gunn will be writing it solo, and my understanding is that her screenplay was completely rewritten by Gunn for this movie as well. And Warlock's cocoon is visible in The Collector's lair!

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    Originally posted by TheMASKEDComputerGeek


    She isn't involved at all with the sequel - James Gunn will be writing it solo, and my understanding is that her screenplay was completely rewritten by Gunn for this movie as well. And Warlock's cocoon is visible in The Collector's lair!

    (edited by TheMASKEDComputerGeek on 3.8.14 1608)


I went back and re-read that. I swore I thought it said she was working on it when I read it last night. I was wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy off.

Re: Warlock -- Would anyone describe him as looking like an angel?

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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.67
    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by TheMASKEDComputerGeek


      She isn't involved at all with the sequel - James Gunn will be writing it solo, and my understanding is that her screenplay was completely rewritten by Gunn for this movie as well. And Warlock's cocoon is visible in The Collector's lair!

      (edited by TheMASKEDComputerGeek on 3.8.14 1608)


    I went back and re-read that. I swore I thought it said she was working on it when I read it last night. I was wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy off.

    Re: Warlock -- Would anyone describe him as looking like an angel?

    (edited by Zeruel on 3.8.14 1912)


"An angel made outta pure light." Well, Warlock does have golden skin and hair, so maybe?
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