I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy last evening. Usually, when a movie opens and there is hype out the kazoo, I end up being disappointed. This was not the case. Word of mouth was right, which is why it's raking in the big bucks. This is surprising for a couple of reasons: 1. Movies released this late in the summer are usually not expected to have blockbuster status because they tend to have flaws (perhaps the studio execs couldn't see Chris Pratt as a leading man). 2. School starts soon, which means less time for the kids to hit it twice. 3. By this time those films expected to be heavy hitters have already knocked the buckos out of our pockets. The last time I checked, Box Office Mojo hadn't posted Wednesday's ticket sales but Monday's and Tuesday's totals tally up to over $23 million. If this keeps up, Guardians of the Galaxy will most likely cross the $200 million mark sometime late Saturday afternoon.
|The Guardians Ride On|
There were about 100 + at last nights 9:05 showing, and they were all ages, and they all seemed to be having a good time. While so many films try and connect with the audience and fail, this one succeeds. I think it's odd when you hear people singing along with a soundtrack and it happened last night. There are also times when there are some really funny bits. This is another way where the movie connects. Where an alien does not understand something, we as earthlings understand it extremely well because Chris Pratt is speaking in a language only earthlings know. And, of course, there is Groot.
I will admit that discovering Amy Pond, from Dr. Who fame, is, in reality, an alien named Nebula came as a bit of a shock. I wonder if Rory knew?
|Amy Pond revealed!!|
Having seen a number of films so far this year, it's obvious to me that Guardians of the Galaxy will ride on into Cinematic History. It wouldn't surprise me if it turns out to be the biggest money maker this year. That would be two... or is it three years in a row for Disney.
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