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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Marvel does it again

  • After a mini drought of movies I actually want to see, things are finally getting exciting again with “Guardians of the Galaxy” coming out and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” almost here.
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  • After a mini drought of movies I actually want to see, things are finally getting exciting again with “Guardians of the Galaxy” coming out and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” almost here. (There were plenty of summer movies on my to-watch list, but they all came out at the same time earlier in the summer.)
    I love super hero movies, but when I first saw pictures for “Guardians of the Galaxy,” I have to admit I was a little sceptical. I mean, there was this weird tree thing and a green woman and . . . a talking raccoon with a gun? I don’t know . . .
    The first trailer quickly put to rest any doubts I had. The quirkiness of the heroes mixed with the 1968 pop song “Hooked on a Feeling” was irresistible. I wasn’t sure exactly what the song was doing in a super hero movie set in space, but I liked it.
    The song joins a host of other catchy 1970s tunes, and you soon understand why they fit just fine in the story. It’s a fun soundtrack and a fun movie.
    I loved that all of the main characters were anti-heroes. Much as I enjoy watching “Captain America” or “Superman” (well, not the new “Superman” movie, but maybe the old ones), sometimes it’s nice to see heroes who are less than sparkling clean and don’t quite have a plan and are maybe a little afraid or selfish.
    And though the story isn’t set in Aasgard or Earth, there are some villains that tie in to other Marvel movies and a character from a post-credits scene from one Marvel movie. I think it also offers some answers to what sort of alien appeared in ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” series.
    I saw one article that said the Guardians were really just the Avengers. Well, if you mean they’re a group of super heroes that’s sometimes too dysfunctional to do much good? Maybe. I suppose Groot could be the Hulk, if the Hulk were always a monster and sort of gentle and kind. Or maybe Drax is Hulk? Only less angry and less intelligent? Gamora could only be Black Widow, but I’m not sure about Star Lord or Rocket Raccoon. A less pristine Captain America or less arrogant Iron Man for Star Lord? Or maybe Rocket Raccoon is Iron Man? Eh . . . I don’t see it.
    In any case, no matter what critics think, everyone I know who has seen it has loved it.

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