Another week, another bit of flash fiction adventure. Chuck Wendig brought back the X meets Y challenge (last time I got Transformers meets Toy Story, which somehow led to a magical girl inspired western). This time I got True Detective meets Guardians of the Galaxy. I was stumped at first, but then I realized that GotG is actually just classic adventure fiction; I can easily replace space with water and spaceships with boats, and end up with a solid swashbuckling genre homage instead. As such, I wrote the piece in my Elven Progenitors setting. I think you’ll see the True Detective parallels without too much effort, if you have a decent memory for some of the episodes and character dynamics. This is, of course, it’s own thing. I also consider it more rough than usual, since I’m a bit rushed; I have to go get in line for the Avengers!
I made two trips to the theater this weekend, two nights in a row, to see Guardians of the Galaxy. At least I watched it in Burlington instead of Boston, and thus offered my wallet some protection from the box office’s depredations. To be perfectly honest, I want to watch the movie again; the Guardians of the Galaxy’s punchlines are a delight, and I consistently missed the followup lines in the audience’s waves of laughter.
If you’ve enjoyed the previous high points of the Marvel movie franchise and are looking for more of the same with a good dose of silly, Guardians of the Galaxy is the movie for you. It hits its timing wonderfully well, with a great comedy-action plot well-leavened by stupid and/or greedy and selfish characters, without leaving me feeling that anyone had the idiot ball for too long (or even at the wrong time). On my first watch-through, I enjoyed myself but was almost disoriented by the movie’s pacing as I came time and again to totally new material (well, new to me). The second time, it felt like the film fairly well flew along, flowing seamlessly from scene to scene in a rush of drama, action, and excellent comedic timing. Like I said before, I’m interested in seeing it a third time, though next time I’d like to be able to hear the lines I missed the first two times around.
I liked the actors, I liked their interactions and side comments, and I thought that even the completely wooden Groot was wonderfully expressive. More tidbits after the break, including a few complaints.