I don’t watch Guardians of the Galaxy a lot but when I do it’s never a boring experience. James Gunn found the perfect balance between humor, fun action sequences, and heart, culminating into a comic book movie that is honestly one of the best of all time!
The cast for the characters was spot on. The jokes are still hilarious. The soundtrack is stellar. The vibrancy of the galaxy and the locations they visit are entrancing. And yes, this movie still manages to make me shed a tear.
Groot’s sacrifice gets to my emotions every time, especially knowing that he did in fact die and that the Groot we see in the later films is another version of the character. And don’t get me started on the “Take my hand!” part.
I watched that film last night because I plan on watching The Suicide Squad on HBO Max today and I want to see the comparisons between the two films. Will James Gunn recapture that lightning in a bottle that he somehow managed to find with Guardians of the Galaxy in The Suicide Squad? Or will it be more like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; a chaotic not-that-funny mess?
I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you all tomorrow and I hope they’re mostly positive.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.
How many great books have been adapted over the years into films or series only to fall flat in so many ways? I can’t even count. And children’s books? Oh, that’s never a great idea.
The first two movies that come to mind when I think of bad children’s book adaptations are Eragon and Percy Jackson.
Eragon isn’t terrible…actually, but it’s nowhere near the par of the actual book and it doesn’t stay fully faithful to the source material. Eragon in the movie is seventeen, blond, and blue-eyed while in the book he was fourteen, dark-haired and brown-eyed. Arya, in the movies, is a red-haired dame but in the books she had dark hair. And there are plenty of other changes but most importantly, narratively, the film just isn’t as good as it could be, hence the reason there was never a sequel.
And Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is just despicable. Absolutely horrendous! I haven’t even dared to watch the second film they made because it’s too upsetting all around.
All in all, children’s adaptations usually end up becoming something you never want to watch again. So when I learned that Disney had adapted one of my favorite books of all time–The Mysterious Benedict’s Society–I was skeptical. At first I thought it was going to be a two-hour movie which I felt would be a mistake. I soon discovered that no, it was actually an eight-episode, nearly eight-hour series that turned out to be the one of the smartest, best-written series of the year!