Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

I’ll confess, this is one of the Marvel movies that everyone seems to love but leaves me indifferent at best. The usual Marvel elements are here: The glossy sheen, the first-rate special effects, the impressive set design, and the crowd-pleasing formula that’s served the franchise quite well so far. Other than that however, none of it works for me. Chris Pratt is miscast as Star-Lord, acting like he’s on a sitcom instead of a space adventure, and he’s surrounded by a first-rate supporting cast that doesn’t seem to know what to do with themselves. The majority of the praise and appreciation of this movie seems to revolve around the soundtrack which, although very good, is a poor substitute for effective characterization and an engaging plot. Ultimately it’s clear that the majority of movie watchers found this to be a treat so maybe I’m just not watching it the way it was intended, but this was my second viewing and I found it as underwhelming the second time around.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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