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Character, Plot, Story and the Guardians of the Galaxy - Elf M. Sternberg
Character, Plot, Story and the Guardians of the Galaxy
I didn't enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy all that much.

There, I said it. In fact, I know exactly why I didn't like it all that much. There were characters with problems. And how the characters overcome their problems, scene by scene, is the plot.

And when the characters themselves change dramatically, such that major values they held at the beginning of the film no longer apply to them at the end of the film, and the changing of these values comes about as they encounter and overcome the various obstacles that stand between them and their goal, then you have a story.

Guardians of the Galaxy didn't have a story.

I can't quite put my finger on why I feel that way. It just seems that Rocket's attachment to Groot way to readily heralded his change. Gamora's change was completely unexplained. Drax didn't change. Groot didn't change. Quill didn't change. Ronan didn't change. Yondu didn't change. During Drax's big fistfight with Ronan halfway through the film, I realized I didn't really care what happened next. The big showdown at the end was beautifully filmed and even well-acted, and it was clearly the inevitable conclusion to the plot.

On the other hand, star power matters. Nobody went to see the Transformers movie for Shia LeBeouf, but a lot of people went to see Rocket Raccoon.

A lot of the complaints have to do with the Marvel milieu, about how an audience not steeped in the Guardians and the Starjammers, Thanos and Galactus, the Shiar and the Skrull, and all the terminology of the various space-faring contemporary Marvel universe, would be terribly lost and would lose all concern. Maybe. But I found I didn't care that much even knowing all that stuff.

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sianmink From: sianmink Date: August 11th, 2014 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Not entirely sure what you mean.

It was established that Rocket and Groot were partners for a while.

Drax did change. He realized that if he wanted to accomplish his goals, he was going to fail terribly if he tried to do it all alone. He would have died right there if Groot hadn't saved him.

Gamorra was the story's ringbearer, not only did she want to be free from her servitude but she was going to save a bunch of lives in the process too.

Quill I admit didn't change much, but he did find a calling more fulfilling than general thief and scoundrel, and did some heroic stuff just because being around other heroic people (mostly Gamorra) showed him that maybe he could actually accomplish some good stuff with his abilities.

My only real complaint is that Ronan really wasn't fully realized as a character. He remained in the cartoon badguy realm for the whole movie.
mouser From: mouser Date: August 12th, 2014 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Ronan changed. First he changed from a simple genocidal maniac into a mad godling. Then he changed into many pieces.

See, I disagree. It has a story, it's just not the one implied in the trailer. The IMPLIED storey is the same one we see in a lot of movies - redemption and evolution on fast forward. Unlike you, I liked it because they didn't do the typical western ploy of "Sheriff killed, surviving outlaw that's most handsome becomes new sheriff (see Siverado)" This was "bad guys come across WORSE and realize that they're better that that." Thieves come across a serial killer and together the old gang and the help of the cops they stop him. "Well, pardner - you help stop the band of outlaws that was gonna wipe out the town. I think we can let past deed go. (rides off into the sunset)"

...and it just hit me this really was a Western, with Yondu (and his arrow) and the Ravagers being the Apache. Some days I'm slow.
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