I would love to beat this person with a bat -__-
my heart actually hurt a bit when i read this.
i was hoping this was just a snippet of the review and reasons for the low score would be given so i went to google and found this article which might be the original?
from reading both versions of the article, it seems the main point of disappointment came from the fact that the reviewer didn’t feel the movie: a - was “entertaining” (defined as the ability to make someone laugh), and b - had a message to give to the audience.
i guess humor is very subjective so what is and isn’t funny will vary from person to person. Also, personally, i didn’t walk into the theatres expecting ROTG to be comedy film, because, well, it isn’t — it’s animation/fantasy (or animation/adventure according to google). Like all films in these categories, ROTG had enough humor and laugh points spaced within the narrative, but it doesn’t make a point of having every other line be a punchline because that’s just not what it is.
I’m curious, when did humor become the sole measure for entertainment? yes humor is a big factor, but just as important is the ability to captivate and entice, which i felt ROTG managed to do on more than 1 level.
ok, being an Animated film, let’s talk about the animation in ROTG.
here are just a few examples of how fans, normal, average, movie-going fans, who aren’t learned in the ways of being movie critics, picked up on acting details (there’s a lot more posts like these on tumblr, but these will suffice for now). The fact that fans can and do go through parts of the film, almost frame by frame, to find these little animated micro-expressions should be a testament to how captivating this film is.
similarly, like with the animation and acting, the special effects in this film were breathtaking. Just watch the first 5 minutes of the film again and you’ll see what i mean. (the are also lots of tumblr posts on this subject matter, unfortunately i don’t have them reblogged, but you can find them — they are everywhere.)
so yes, this film is entertaining visually.
what about auditory?
music is also very subjective, so i can only say the melody that plays when Jack remembers his past is beautiful and i’ll remember how it goes for years to come.
and of course, the voice-acting was wonderful! i personally liked the direction of having the different guardians have different accents. it makes the story a global one instead of something that can only happen to kids living in the States because everyone’s American.
so for me, yeah, the film was entertaining on the auditory level too.
now, moving onto the part of the article i disagree with the most: “But is there a message, a lesson … in them? No.”
ROTG is a very delicate film — it doesn’t beat you over the head with anything. It cares more about subtlety and letting the audience arrive at their own conclusion at their own pace than making sure every one who goes to see it gets the lesson at the end of the film. While i like this decision, i can also understand why it’s potentially problematic (this review being a prime example).
as always, what everyone walks away with from a movie will vary, but for me, the central message of the film is that everyone needs to have fun. Sure fun might be inconvenient (getting your tongue stuck on ice), disruptive (snow days) and even just a little dangerous (that entire slide through the town) but without fun, there would be no wonder, hope, dreams or even memories (i feel like i need to explain this: because without Jack all the other guardians were losing their power; no one was believing in them anymore and they were getting their bottoms handed to them by Pitch).
this is a very nice message to send out not only because it is the Holidays and people should be having fun, but also because of the general time we are in: the economy isn’t doing all that hot and lots of people are very distressed over this. Maybe taking a step back and just having some fun is what we need to get our bearings again.
the other thing i like about this film is how it talks about belief. I really truly love the relationship between Jack and Jamie because they give each other strength through their belief in one another. Jamie believes in Jack which helps Jack find his center and, in turn, find himself. Jack believes that Jamie can stand up to Pitch (when Jamie says he’ll protect the guardians, not only Jack but all the guardians let him stand between them and Pitch) and Jamie finds his courage. To me, that’s a very powerful, and optimistic, message: If you have a center, if you have a belief, then nothing can scare you — if we trust in our beliefs then we will have strength to overcome whatever stands in our way.
in closing, Guardians isn’t a film that will preach its morals down upon you; it’s also not a film that will make you laugh for ~100 minutes straight and then leave you with nothing, instead it wants to linger in your mind long after the credits have rolled, make you think and, with hope, come to the your own conclusions.
it’s not what you see with your eyes or hear with your ears.
it’s what you feel and believe with your heart.
i’m sorry, this is a very long post, i was going to undercut it, but then i realized i couldn’t because i’m reblogging a photo.
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