My comic book store, Earthworld Comics, sponsored a contest on Facebook to win free passes to see the recently released Marvel Comics based movie “Guardians of the Galaxy.” I entered and, lo and behold, one two free passes. There were a few downsides:
- The showing we won passes to was at 10:00pm, about an hour past our usual bedtime.
- The showing was on a Thursday night. Although I’m still out of work for a few more days, Jeffrey is not.
- The movie was at a mall I try to avoid like the plague, as it is patronized mostly by teenagers.
- This is opening weekend, which we normally avoid because we hate the lines and crowds.
Regardless, we decided to “man up” and take advantage of the free passes, and prove to ourselves we weren’t as old and fuddy-duddy as we think we are. (Although, as a precaution, Jeffrey took today off.)
We loaded up on caffiene and headed to the mall. The ONE plus to this mall is that it houses the Apple store, which we needed to visit prior to the movie. My comic store owner (JC) showed up at 9:00 PM and gave us tickets to the 10:00 showing, which we found out was the 3-D/IMAX show. We’ve seen 3-D movies before, but never in an IMAX theater. Normally, we would be perfectly content in the cheaper, 2-D/non-IMAX version, but these were free. We had to stand in line for 45 minutes, something I’m normally loathe to do, but in for a penny, in for a pound.
We were pleasantly surprised to find the theater was not filled to capacity. Also, the theater has 3 sets of seats in the very back, separated by large spaces for people in wheel chairs. We plunked down in the middle set. I prefer seats along the back, as I have a thing for people sitting behind me. I also loved that there was space between us and the other two pairs of seats to our left and our right (I should note, we would have gladly given up our seats in a heartbeat had any one showed up with someone in a wheel chair and wanted them, but no one did.)
I am not a GOTG aficionado. I have never read their comic and do not know a ton about their history. I am familiar with them in the Marvel Universe of Comics and have read a few stories that featured them, but I am by no means an expert, so I had very few expectations going in. I was a little concerned about how campy it might be, due to the portrayals in the previews, but I was mostly happy to be seeing it for free with hubby.
We really enjoyed the movie. A lot. SO much so that we may go back and see it again. It was the perfect blend of comic book, sic-fi, humor, drama and even a little emotional heart string pulling, to boot. My two favorite characters (big surprise) were Rocket (aka Racket Raccoon) and Groot. And we love 80’s music, so loved all of the featured songs from that decade. Lots of great characters I know from the comics, and the post credit snippet was a great comic geek moment, although not essential to the movie or it’s sequel in any way. (Or is it?)
I will just say it was, I guess, kind of neat to see it in 3-D and in an IMAX theater, but I just don’t think it enhances the experience enough to justify the (what would have been if we paid for it) extra cost. Just my opinion. Still, it was a great movie and a fun and free night out. (If you decide to see it, Ray, I’d love to read your take on it.)
Definitely in my top 5 favorite Marvel Movies.