At 45 minutes long, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack - Awesome Mix #1 - is the perfect length for mowing the lawn.
This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles release is better than I expected. Let’s be clear though, this movie is for children, albeit with a cursory nod to the fans who grew up in the 1980’s. The origin is much closer to the 1984 comic book source material than what people are familiar with from the current animated series. The voices for the main characters are a little jarring for me, not really what I hear in my head and very different from the cartoon, but not as badly as Corey Feldman’s voice stood out in the original feature film. This movie is campy but fun. The storyline is decent and should keep you interested. Megan Fox does a fine job as April O’Neil. But the design of Splinter was terrible and I felt the Shredder’s redesigned gigantic blade-firing armor was a little over-the-top. But it’s the Ninja Turtles that carry the movie and while grossly enlarged - they’re believable, and they’re fun, and the fight scenes are entertaining. Take your kids, they will enjoy it. C+
I didn’t think it was better than Avengers. Nor either Captain America movie. But #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy is really, really good. And funny. I’m unsure whether or not the Drax character was acted poorly by Bautista or directed poorly by Gunn who made a couple other questionable choices. Gamora was written into an almost unrecognizable generic female character which is unfortunate for a terrific actress like Zoe Saldana. And Glenn Close and Lee Pace were miscast as Nova Prime & Ronan who were both boring. But the story was solid, Chris Pratt terrific as Star-Lord, the music was infectious, the humor rampant, and the f/x were phenomenal from the scenery to Groot & Rocket - two amazingly believeable CGI characters. Kudos to Bradley Cooper for Rocket’s voice over work! B+