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HindustanTimes Wed,01 Oct 2014

Trailer review: Guardians of the Galaxy offers nothing new

Soumya Srivastava, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 18, 2014
First Published: 17:32 IST(18/6/2014) | Last Updated: 10:42 IST(19/6/2014)

Hollywood's fixation with the word 'guardian' is incorrigible. Just when we thought we cannot have any more tweaks to it after Legend of the Guardians in 2010 and Rise of the Guardians in 2012, here's one more to the list: Guardians of the Galaxy. Phew!

More of that some other time. Coming back to more important things, comic world giant Marvel Comics has just released another trailer of its deep space sci-fi flick, Guardians of the Galaxy, for its international audience. And going by the hysteria it has generated already -- 1.5 millions in a day -- this James Gunn directed film, scheduled to hit Indian theatres in August, promises to be well worth the wait.

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From what we could gather in the two-minute ear-drum-thumping, epilepsy-inducing trailer is that the movie is just the kind of film Indians love: lot of noise, special effects, action of course, but minus content.

Guardians of the Galaxy is about an American (huh!) Peter Quill, self-proclaimed Starlord, who has to save the world (what else?) from an as-of-now-unknown villain with four others: Gamora, a green-skinned assassin (played by Zoe Saldana -- remember in Avatar her skin was blue), Drax the destroyer, a huge guy with anger issues (played by Dave Bautista), Groot, a tree-giant (a la tree people, Ents, from the Lord of the Rings trilogy; voiced by Vin Diesel), and a gun-slinging, badass raccoon (no this is not a typo, it is indeed a VFX animal), voiced by Bradley Cooper. Chris Patt, who has a long list of good films to his name but none in the lead, plays Quill in the film.

The movie has been adapted from a little-known Marvel comics franchise by the same name. Perhaps Marvel has realised they cannot keep on birthing never-ending sequels of Thor, Iron Man or Captain America. It is time they experimented with new ideas. And as far as experiments go, having a raccoon as a superhero might look like a great stretch, but these days, one just doesn't know what will click with the audience.

Keeping up the 'Avengers-y' and 'Iron Man-y' brand of humour alive, the film's trailer promises a good laugh and some awe-inspiring moments.

We will watch it for some more mindless violence, stunning special effects, epic-style background music and more humourous moments like the one we saw at the end of this trailer.

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