Guardians of the Galaxy Review – Is it Worth it?

Guardians of the GalaxyWhen I saw the first 17min in the IMAX I was excited. Rocket (Bradley Cooper) gave a brilliantly misleading introduction to the segment. The images were brilliant, the 3D enhanced but didn’t impose, the plot at that point in the story was fantastic and there was a lot going on. In a nutshell, I really enjoyed the 17 minutes, wanted more characterisation of the female role but was happy to see a prominent female character who was smart and kicked ass. She was a little more Kendra than Buffy but still – brilliant.

That said, when I came to watch the movie in regular 3D instead of IMAX I have to admit, I felt the lack. The IMAX lent so much to the experience that I’m not sure if I can now ever enjoy a movie again unless I go see it in IMAX. Not only are the seats more comfortable in the IMAX (I have generous proportions), the whole experience is more immersive and this movie with its plot and action really draws you in. Being in an IMAX cinema not only gives you better picture quality, it immerses you in the film and that is why the 3D is an enhancement rather than an intrusion.

This though is not about the experience of watching it but rather the actual movie.

This review contains SPOILERS of a sort – stuff you might not have seen in commercials or trailers.

We start with Peter Quill at home as a young child. Peter is like pretty much any 80’s kid, or really any kid in North America from almost any time period, including his perhaps extreme connection to his Walkman. Things happen to his mum and his life that rather turn his future upside down.  We get that in the first few minutes and continue on to a much more light-humoured scene involving karoke with an alien creature, dancing, advanced technologies and another shot of that Sony Walkman.

It was nice to see what happened leading up to the jail scene (widely used in promotional  videos and commercials) which gave a lot more context to the characters and the predicament they were in. There was plenty of action and sadly the kind of 3D antics that are common to make it all *ooooo look at me in 3D coming out at you* but they were thankfully few. They were made more jarring by the non-IMAX experience probably which is why I’m now such a fan of IMAX.

The action progresses, as does the humour. You get the sense that it is a bit of a piss-take, including a great cameo by Stan Lee. This movie doesn’t take itself too seriously – how could you with a troll doll playing as important a role as it does at the end? Also – a talking tree. How serious can you be with a talking tree, a genetically engineered raccoon, an abducted human, an engineered daughter of Thanos and a literal strongman out for revenge. The chemistry between the actors comes through in this movie, making it seamlessly brilliant. Where in some areas of the Avengers it could feel jarring, this is so seamless it hurts when it ends.

I think Marvel has a winner on their hands with this one. Despite the age of the comics, they have managed to update the characterisation of the female characters and make them more modern (so to speak). They know their own minds, have their own agendas and kick wicked butt. The modernisation of the back story of Peter Quill a.k.a. Star Lord, the brilliant characterisation of Groot and Rocket, the great action, the introduction of Thanos to pull the various threads of Marvel movies together and especially Glenn Close as the leader of the Nova Corps all makes this a winner.

Is it worth it? YEAH! Should you see this? F YEAH! Is this movie brilliant? Beyond words BRILLIANT! Did I recommend it for my 5 year old nephew? You better believe I did (with a caveat about the swearing and violence). Will you regret it if you don’t see it? FOREVER – you’ll regret not getting the full movie theatre experience FOREVER and EVER. When is it out? July 31st but you can BOOK TICKETS NOW!

Guardians of the Galaxy 17min Preview – SPOILERS!

WARNING: SPOILERS!

No – seriously SPOILERS!!!!

So I found myself in a preview of seventeen minutes of 3D footage from Guardians of the Galaxy. Why? Because as a girl and a geek I’m interested in these things. Thankfully there is a strong female character that is more Buffy than Kendra 😉 Although There is a Kendra-like character in Drax and it’s gonna be AWESOME!

Now here is a man who loves his technology but we’ll get on to that later. Our 17 minutes in introduced by a vague definition by the character of his history deliberately intended to lead those who don’t know the story astray which is brilliant.

We join our intrepid heroes (for a loose definition of “heroes”) on their way to jail. On their way to jail we learn that this “team” (again, a rather loose definition of the word “team”) are only just gathering and an incident prior to their arrest meant that the orb in question (you’ll learn more about it but suffice to say the reason these criminals become heroes is because of this orb) is not yet secure in location.

In addition to this, the amazingly kick-ass female among their group apparently fouled the raccoon’s attempt to obtain the bounty on the human’s head. The human is Star-Lord, the woman is Gamora and the Raccoon is Rocket – a raccoon abducted from Earth and experimented on, turning him into a sentient, bipedal criminal. Star-Lord and Rocket are sent to jail with Gamora and Groot – who only says “I am Groot” the entire time and is an accomplice of Rocket, later helping with the escape from jail (I did say SPOILERS).

Gamora is a female assassin whose father is guilty of some serious crimes. People hate her because of her father but not only can she defend herself, she takes out most of the guards before possibly ripping the arm off a guard for a piece of tech to assist the escape (I saw no evidence of the dismemberment). Finally the literal Drax joins the band. His taking of everything literally is sure to provide significant laughs through the movie. No, not just surely – it did while I was there (“nothing goes over my head as I leap up and catch it”) and the other characters attitudes means it’s gonna be an ace movie.

In the background, quietly enhancing the movie but not getting all gimmicky is the 3D. Usually there’s something reaching out beyond the frame or poking out or something distracting. Thankfully there was nothing so gimmicky in the 17 minutes we saw. In this movie, the 3D is a strong supporting feature, enhancing the experience and drawing you into everything from being sprayed with orange goo to floating in a pod when the gravity is turned off – which is where the 17 minutes ended. The group had pretty much almost escaped and then we all moaned as we cut to longer commercials for the movie including Rocket showing he understands Groot and Star-Lord admitting he really only has 12% of a plan (which, as Groot points out, is better than only 11% of a plan).

All in all, the mere 17 minutes made me more excited than ever to see the full film and I hope you will too not for any commercial reason but because I think that as a girl and a geek you’d enjoy it! It was action-packed, the 17min was building a fantastic story, the special effects were worked into the movie to make it seem more real, and the 3D made you a part of the movie. I really cannot recommend it highly enough – Marvel has got a hit on their hands!

The London Girl Geek Dinners Drinks and Film ‘Best Friends Forever’

The London Girl Geek Dinners drinks and talks is being promoted along with a film called  Best Friends Forever .

The details for the event are below.

– 6.00pm arrivals and drinks
– 6.30pm talk starts (45mins max: 15-20 mins talk plus 5-10 mins Q&A each)
– 7.15pm Best Friends Forever (the lead, Vera is flying over for intro/q&a)
– 8.50pm finish

Venue:
Stratford Picturehouse – East London, Salway Rd, London E15 1BX

We’ve made the talk part of the ticket for the screening of Best Friends Forever, so if you buy a ticket to BFF then you also get to come to the talk so ring 0871 902 5740 & quote ‘geek girls’ to get £5.50 ticket

Join us in the bar from 6.30pm for a LONDON GEEK GIRLS DINNERS Networking event. We then have a talk from Holly Gramazio, games designer at Hide and Seek and Ste Curran from One Life Left. Then this fantastic movie and we are super-excited that Vera Miao producer, co-writer and co-star of BEST FRIENDS FOREVER will be joining us for the screening and Q&A!

In this indie, post-apocalyptic THELMA AND LOUISE, two LA hipsters take a road trip across America, unaware of the mass destruction around them.

Harriet, played by Brea Grant (Daphne from HEROES), is a comic book artist, with issues. Her best friend is Reba (Vera Miao), a reckless fun-loving girl who is the antithesis of Harriet. They set off in a beat-up old hatchback to start a new life in Austin, Texas (possibly the hippest city in the US). En route, many misadventures befall our heroines, most of which are perpetuated by the events they are ignorant of.

Being low-budget, most of the apocalyptic elements come from inference, allowing the film to concentrate on the relationship between the two friends as they discover the truth of what has happened.

The two leads co-wrote the screenplay, with Brea directing and Vera producing and women held key crew roles: editing, sound and cinematography (it was shot on Super 16 film, rather than digitally). This is a film that easily passes the Bechdel Test, which is something of a rarity for genre films. While this is not hard sci-fi, it fits nicely into the postapocalyptic sub genre, and will especially appeal to audiences tired of seeing ‘tough men with guns’.

This is a great example of what can be done with relatively little money and plenty of imagination.

Some of the cast and crew are going to be attending so it is REALLY important that we fill that auditorium with LGGD members who are watching the film so the talk is part of the discounted ticket! Anyone who quotes ‘geek girls’ will get tickets for the screening of BEST FRIENDS FOREVER at the members rate of £5.50 rather than £8.50

Details about the film are here:  http://www.sci-fi-london.com/festival/2013/programme/feature/best-friends-forever

So please do buy a ticket, support SciFi London who have supported us so much and support this film which is important to support. Even if you don’t stay for the whole film, you’ll be helping out 🙂 ring 0871 902 5740 & quote ‘geek girls’ to get £5.50 ticket for the May 2nd LGGD event

Plus it means us LGGDers own the whole cinema – WOOOOOO!

See you at the SciFi London event May 2nd at the Stratford Picturehouse – East London, Salway Rd, London E15 1BX

Remember – ring 0871 902 5740 & quote ‘geek girls’ to get the £5.50 ticket

London Girl Geeks and SCI-FI-LONDON Event

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14th April 2009 :: cosmic news, sci-fi fans, space for another 30 people has materialised due to a rip in the space-time continuum, or something, so we’ve just added these tickets — set your diaries to stun come!

We’re in orbit over the April 2009 London Girl Geek event which we’re holding jointly with the groovy individuals at SCI-FI-LONDON who are also kindly sponsoring the event to be held at the Apollo West End Theatre on Regent Street.

The event will commence at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start with talks on sci-fi film and fiction from the below speakers. The event will flow on to the cinema bar afterwards, and films will be showing from 7.45pm if any attendees wish to book separately. On which, Girl Geeks attending this event are eligible for a 10% discount on SCI-FI-LONDON cinema tickets that evening, just quote London Girl Geeks!

As per details from the SCI-FI-LONDON website (do visit to learn more about what’s happening during their annual festival taking place from 29th April to 4th May), speakers will include:

  • Dr Rachel Armstrong :: Dr Armstrong trained as a doctor at both Cambridge and Oxford and is a qualified General Practitioner, however, her career as a doctor has been far from conventional. Her concern for patients disfigured by the scars of leprosy led her on a journey that questioned assumptions about what ‘normal’ human anatomy is, or indeed, whether there is anything ‘natural’ about us at all. Dr Armstrong will present a resume of her adventures in practical Science Fiction over the last ten years, revealing a shocking portrait of human identity through the work of radical performance artists and leading to her current work that challenges notions of ‘life’ itself. [Warning хочу секс самара : Not for the squeamish or easily morally outraged.]
  • Additional Speaker :: TBA

Many thanks to Sara & Louis from SCI-FI-LONDON for arranging the space and making things happen!

Full Details:

  • Date & Time: Thursday, 30th April 2009, 6:00 for 6.30pm
  • End Time: The event will finish at 8.00pm, with those interested flowing on to the cinema bar for more conversations
  • Venue: Apollo West End Theatre, 19 Regent Street, see Directions for more details!
  • Hosted by: Girl Geek Dinners and SCI-FI-LONDON
  • Food & Drink: Light dips and drinks provided courtesy of SCI-FI-LONDON
  • Subject for the evening: Girl Geeks in Practical Science Fiction
  • Format: Reception, two short talks, conversation.
  • Capacity: 90 people
  • Attendees:
    High School Musical 3: Senior Year

    As ever, boy geeks are welcome to attend if invited by a girl geek although on this occasion we do stress that there are few and limited spaces so more boy geeks = less girl geeks.

If you’d like to attend on 30th April, please sign up at http://scifilondonlggd.eventbrite.com, and we’ll see you at the event!