What do you get when you take a handful of gritty science fiction, the mostly unknown misfits of the Marvel Comics universe, and toss in a bucket load of comedic action? Well, in this case you get Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel Comic’s latest and possibly most genre mixing film to date.
The story unfolds as a young terran boy loses his mother to cancer, abducted by aliens and is thrust into a world of interstellar thievery. Growing to be a competent grifter and all round scoundrel in the vein of Han Solo circumstance throws Peter Quill into an adventure that places the very existence of the galaxy into jeopardy. A ragtag band of outlaws and killers that form the group of heroes drives the action with a non-stop vibe pulsing with the sounds of a funky 70’s soundtrack.
I must admit something straight away, I have been a Godzilla fan for as long as I can remember. Running home to catch the Matinee Money Movie on WDIO television out of Duluth, Minnesota. They would play classic movies throughout the week. Abbot and Costello, and the Toho movies were mainstays in my childhood film education.
Over the years I learned that Godzilla was a metaphor for the horrors of nuclear war. A creature spawned from the ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In that sense the first half of Godzilla 2014 works. The film opens with an imaginative set piece showing nuclear testing in the 1950’s with documents being censored as the opening credits. We also learn that the so-called tests were actually trying to destroy the monsters that had been awakened from slumber at the dawn of the nuclear age.
As luck would have it the fates have smiled upon me once again and gifted me a set of passes to the Winnipeg première of Godzilla. I have high hopes that this incarnation of the giant fire-breathing lizard will be head and shoulders above the craptacular Mathew Broderick version of a few years ago.
From what I have seen so far from the trailers on-line there very well could be a battle royal between Big G and what appears to be a Rodan like creature. In any case I will have all the goodies in my head as of May 14th with a movie preview post on May 15th.
So grab your dinosaur slippers if you have them and stomp around to the musical madness of Blue Oyster Cult as they sing Godzilla!!