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|Posted: April 29 2018 at 2:28am | IP Logged | 4
- Thor/GotG mashup. Pure gold.
- Rabbit. Hilarious! Rocket decided to not correct him after a time. Hilarious.
- Spider-Man hugging Tony before he faded away. Nearly made me cry.
- Groot as a teen? Spot on.
- The seamless way the Russo Brothers interwove the traditional Marvel heroes with the GotG universe, keeping the fun while also understanding the gravity? Priceless.
- Thanos as a three-dimensional character
- Thanos as the best CGI character I've ever seen to-date
- The way the Russo Brothers gave every character a moment, and I mean every character. It didn't have to be big. It could just be the look between Bruce and Natasha, but they all got something.
- The perfect melding of comedy and drama. When it got too heavy? Bring in the humor. When it got too light, bring in the drama. Seamless.
- Multiple locations across a galaxy yet it didn't feel muddled or convoluted. The story was simple but getting there was half the fun.
- Vison and Scarlett Witch!
- "You should have aimed for my head." Classic.
My all-time favorite Marvel film, unapologetically, has been the first Guardians. This? This film overtook that one. This is a master class in combining characters from different and diverse films for what is essentially a cross-over film and making it feel like it earned the right to do what it did which, essentially, ending on the most disquieting, disturbing note that any film in any franchise has ever ended upon. The closest thing I can think of is Han frozen in carbonate and the Rebellion in tatters. But even that film ends on a more upbeat note than Thanos achieving his goal and sitting, enjoying the sunset. That's friggin' BOLD of Marvel and lets you know that they've earned our trust. The theatre was deadly quiet when the end credits rolled, which lent to the gravity of the situation.
This film will never get any accolades re: high brow, Oscar recognition except maybe on the technical front. But I think it deserves to be considered with respect to the balls they had to juggle and the vast number of characters they had to service all while telling a compelling story. This is an absolutely amazing achievement in cinema, closing out a decade of dominance and setting the stage for the next ten years. I couldn't be more impressed or blown away if I tried.