Today’s Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Note: I actually saw this movie on the Thursday before it officially came out (July 31st), and I was part of its $94.3 million opening weekend. I’ve just been dragging my feet in getting this review up, pending a potential second viewing, but instead decided to check out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot instead.  

Of the many movies that have been released so far this year, Guardians of the Galaxy was probably my most anticipated movie. Not because I am/was familiar with the characters ahead of time, but because I was interested in seeing a movie that I had little knowledge. Even though the stories of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Transformers: Age of Extinction, for example, were new stories, it was still relatively easy to see where those movies would end up, especially considering the previous movies in their respective series.

But Guardians would be different; though I knew the general premise of the movie from reading a little about it and from the trailers, it ended up being something slightly different than what I was expecting. Because of this, it is definitely one of the best Marvel Cinematic Universe movies released to date, and it has me excited for some of the “deep cut” Marvel movies that are coming over the next few years. While DC Comics/Warner Brothers continues to struggle to build its own cinematic universe, Marvel/Disney  have shown how you can turn even lesser known characters into box office gold.

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Today’s Movie Review – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Last week, while looking for something to watch on the various streaming services to which I have access, I settled on The Avengers, if only because I only saw it once and I just felt like watching something that I could half pay attention to while doing things on the internet. Plus, the lovely Kim has been woefully negligent in watching the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, only watching Iron Man and nothing else. Even though she didn’t pay much attention to Avengers, she humored me nonetheless, though she might just be more of an X-Men fan.

Nevertheless, I convinced Kim to accompany me to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier despite having not seen the first movie and wanting to see Oculus instead. We went to the theater in Savoy because we were on that side of town, and as a result, we were able to splurge a bit for D-Box seats. For those unfamiliar with these particular seats, they vibrate and shift slightly a bit with the action, and, frankly, they weren’t really worth the premium paid for the tickets. Maybe Captain America wasn’t the right type of movie to get the full experience, but i wasn’t a fan. Continue reading “Today’s Movie Review – Captain America: The Winter Soldier”