And it's not that I didn't enjoy this movie, because I did. It was funny, and a sadder than I'd expected. And by the end of the scene with Star Lord dancing his way over to his Indy moment, I was charmed. It kept me engaged, though in the final Big Battle, I did start to feel like everything was taking a little longer than it ought to.
But there were moments sprinkled throughout that I loved. (Here comes the spoilage.) Him dancing through the weird alien planet, that cool force-field net thingie they put over the bad guy's ship, the whole idea of turning off the artificial gravity, and pretty much anything with Groot in it.
The trouble is, Groot was my favorite character. He's the only one that touched me and made me curious to know more about him. And, alas, they saddled him with zero backstory, the inability to say more than three words, and no character growth. Okay, there was literal growth, but not inner growth. He started out sweet and nice and kind and protective, and he remained that way throughout. The other characters did have growth, but I didn't care that much about them.
So while this was a nice ride, that was pretty much all it was. I'm not left with a need to see it again; I'm not left wanting to spend more time with these characters.
I've heard that some people thought this was better than The Avengers. Um. Except, it's pretty much exactly the same story as The Avengers, only with less compelling characters. With no Loki.
Perhaps that's the best thing I can say for this movie: it's made me really appreciate Loki. Wow. What a villain he is! I never cared a whit about what did or did not happen to this Ronan person -- admit it, if he hadn't been played by Lee Pace, he would have been completely forgettable. Pace did at least make me notice that he had really pretty eyes, and he did the best he could with what he was given, but in the end... I didn't care about him at all. Now, Loki? I have spent countless hours wishing so hard I could like Loki! Remember how angry I got over his non-death? I've got some serious emotion invested in that guy. Ronan? Well, he had really pretty eyes.
And so, in the end... I liked this better than I'd expected, but I didn't love it. I'm sure I'll rent it from Redbox when it comes there because I saw in the end credits that Nathan Fillion does the voice for one of the inmates, so I'd like to listen for him. And I think Cowboy will get some good laughs from the movie, it's worth seeing once with him. But I have no desire to own this or watch it over and over.
I have never before posted a gif on my blog, as I find them sometimes fun and mostly annoying, but... this was probably my favorite moment in the whole movie, so I'm taking the plunge: