If you had told me a few years ago that one of my favorite movies would involve a talking raccoon and a sentient tree voiced by Vin Diesel, I might have shrugged. (I am, after all, a rather strange individual). However if you had told me it would have been my parents new favorite movie as well, I would have laughed and laughed.
Because that’s, well, about as ridiculous as a raccoon with a machine gun.
Here’s the thing: my dad enjoys superhero movies every once in a while, so long as they aren’t too ridiculous. My mom loves documentaries and occasionally war movies. Neither of them have been impressed with the Marvel stock after Avengers. Both were hesitant to see Guardians of the Galaxy.
And the movie impressed them so much, they not only watched it a second time in the theaters, they also convinced their friends (who don’t care much for Marvel movies) to see it as well.
It wasn’t because of the plot; where GotG is concerned, most of the main points are strictly per Marvel formula: glowing object that will be important in Avengers 3 threatens the safety of the
world galaxy, band of misfits must join together to stop it, etc. . .
The villain’s a cardboard cutout. There’s a severe lack of female or POC characters of any importance in the narrative. The action sequences are the weakest parts of the film.
Yet despite these flaws, the movie works. In fact, it works wonderfully, thanks to two factors which I like to call Likability and Genre Savvy writing.
Likability is just what it sounds like: the whole package of the movie along with many of its smaller parts are incredibly likable. The characters are fun to watch. The dialogue is interesting. The soundtrack is equal parts heartwarming and ridiculous on top of having its own plot point. That’s right, the music gets its own plot thread. And it works.
Genre Savvy writing fits in with this as well. While the characters in GotG might not know they’re in a Marvel Superhero movie, the writers certainly know it and aren’t afraid to exploit that fact.
Take for instance the first glimpse we see of main character Peter Quill finally grown-up and wandering around the galaxy. A strange, masked figure walking through the ruins of an alien city, billowing impressively through the doorway of one of the few buildings left standing. Dramatically, he removes his helmet and we see his face, pensive as he surveys the area.
Then he turns on his walkman and 80s-dances his way through the rest of the stone ruins (a-la Kevin Bacon) to “Come and Get Your Love.”
You can’t help but laugh.
The whole film is like this, filled with perfect setups for traditional, overly-dramatic superhero moments. . .that are immediately undercut by unexpected and unusually savvy dialogue.
The result is a seriously fun time and if you have the chance, I highly recommend you go see it.
Official rating: 9/10 bacons.
Hey guys, long time no see. . .er, post. Because I can’t actually see you guys, amiright?
*eyes dart nervously*
Anyway, the last. . .holy crap, month and a half? Wow. Ahem. The last month and a half has been filed with. . .stuff. Yeah. You probably knew that already. After running full speed for the last two years in an effort to get through college, when I finally got the chance to catch my breath, I jumped into it wholeheartedly. So for the last few weeks, I took a step back from my myriad of projects (both writing and otherwise) and just took a break.
It was wonderful.
Thank you all for hanging on during hiatus and in other news, who uses semicolons in a header? It just screams pretentious.
Anyway, I’m back now and ready to roll.
Dinner roll that is. I’m starving.
See^ you folks later.
*bowleggedly strides away*
. . . Oh, you mean me? (aka, still can’t believe I’m actually finished with kabobing college).
Maybe if I give it a few minutes. . .
*runs around house screaming and cramming cornbread into mouth*
Nope, still can’t believe it, so I’ll just move on.
Apologies for the wait, guys. Between finals, graduation, moving out, finishing up my old job and searching for a new one, I think it’s safe to say I was a little stressed out over the past three weeks. However, with a straight A 18 credit last quarter (I had to brag at least once, okay) and as the owner of a beautiful diploma with my name on it, I can officially say it was totally worth it.
So, things coming up in the future of ze Bloginator:
•Finishing Battle of the Snowflakes I believe we are near, if not past, the one year anniversary date when I began this story. Princess Coralynnn Esperosa etc is close to the end of her adventure, but the story needs to be finished, so it’s on the top of my list O’things to do.
•Más book reviews I read a lot of great (and awful) books to destressify at college this year, including The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear, Feather, Steelheart, and Daughter of Smoke & Bone. I have several thoughts to share on all of them, as well as recommendations for which books will make for excellent summer reading and which would fare better as marshmallow roasting material.
•Movies Now that I’m back in town with the cheap $4 theatre, hopefully I’ll be able to check out more movies this summer. So far, Divergent, Maleficent, and X-Men: Days of Future Past are at the top of my list, and you can expect reviews shortly.
•Short stories I wrote quite a few short stories and articles for classes this past year and while many are really, really bad, there are a few that I might consider decent enough to post here. Maybe. (And I reserve the right to call take backs on this statement if necessary).
• ????!? Honestly, I have no idea what this upcoming season of my life will bring but I’m sure something (or severals somethings) I never could have foreseen will pop up and make their way onto this blog. I guess you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out what those are.
. . .but busy. Sorry, guys. I’ve got one more week to go before I’m graduated and moved and it seems like things are flying at a million miles an hour right now.
Thanks for hanging in there.
And yes, before you ask, it is the same guy responsible for this post from a few weeks back.
Since I did bears before, here’s a hedgehog for this year. . .
And make sure to find a mother and tell her she’s awesome before the day is over!
Part ten is here if you need a refresher. Full story after the cut!
Part 11: Good Evil VS Evil Good
A low hiss escapes Satantastic’s lips.
“Purity,” she says, black teeth bared.
“Villain,” Faith Hope Charity Love responds.
“What?” I say, backing away slowly.
“I’m here too,” Gamer Girl says, stepping out from behind FaithHCL. “Not that anyone cares.”
Through the shop’s front windows, I spy a floating cloud of dark broodiness that can only be The Darkness. Apparently everyone wants to see how this fight is going to go down.
Except me of course, but I don’t have a choice. Both Satantastic and Faith are between me and the exit. Somehow, I don’t think sprinting between the two in an escape attempt would be beneficial to my health. Instead, I take careful, measured steps backwards while scanning the room for something sturdy to hide behind.
We did an sweet writing exercise in one of my classes and I thought I’d share.
First, the professor brought in stacks of poetry books and had us pick two at random. Then, we picked up twenty scraps of paper and flipped through the poetry books, writing down words or phrases that caught our eye. When everyone in the class finished filling all their scraps, we mixed them up and everyone drew twenty new slips.
Of these, we picked three slips that struck our fancy (I, being an unbearably special snowflake, picked four) and then wrote a few sentences prompted by the three (or so) choices.
My prompts were:
I hear they banned dwarf tossing in France.
This lovely woman, walking by, starts talking about my cactus. She knows more about it than I do.
Women who murdered their husbands with hairpins study Plato daily.
The thing about hell is. . .
Combined, I had a story about a cactus-loving, former dwarf-tossing champion contemplating the spiritual ramifications of murdering her husband with a hairpin.
You can also do this exercise individually by going through books or magazines on your own and writing down interesting words or phrases to use as prompts at any time. (And if you’re worried that the prompts will seem too familiar, simply put them away and come back to them at a later date!) It’s also a great way to generate short snappy ideas that can either be woven into existing works or slowly grown into something bigger.
Now off to finish my dwarf-tossing spiritual murder mystery. I think I’ll call it EAT (cacti), PRAY (the dwarf lawsuit doesn’t go through) STAB (a lot).