Impressions of the Guardians 17-minute Preview

Impressions of the Guardians 17-minute Preview
This week, selected cinemas have been showing 17-minute previews of Marvel's forthcoming blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy. Panel Beats contributor John Fitzsimons snagged entry into one of these showing, so here we present his spoiler-free impressions!

I have a confession to make. As I queued for the Guardians of the Galaxy preview in the rain last night, I wondered if I was wasting my time. It was only 17 minutes of the film after all. How good could it really be?

Turns out it was absolutely worth getting a bit wet for. And the beaming smiles of everyone leaving the cinema around me is a decent sign that I’m not the only one that thought so.

Now, obviously, it’s not fair to judge a film on 17 minutes of footage, particularly when it consists of just one scene and a slightly lengthy trailer.

But sod it, I have a word count to fill.

We got to see a scene covering the Guardians team in the Kyln prison. If you don’t want a spoiler, look away now. The team escape from the prison. Shocking, I know.

Seeing the clip in IMAX, the first thing that hits you is the sheer scale. The Kyln looks absolutely vast. There’s also a staggering level of detail on things like Groot’s torso and Rocket’s fur. I went in an IMAX virgin and have come out a fully-blown convert. There’s no way I’d want to see this film in any other format now.

Most importantly, judging by this scene, they’ve got the tone just right. Yes there’s comedy in there, including a nice section with a prosthetic leg, and both Groot and Rocket raised some decent laughs in the screening. They feel like immediate crowd favourites, though each character had at least one punchline during the scene so the laughs are being shared out.

But Guardians is not a complete gag-fest. We even get to hear a character curse, which I can’t remember happening in any other Marvel movie.

It’s an action-heavy scene, so we got to see everyone doing their stuff. There was Drax throwing people around, Rocket blasting away at the guards, Groot yelling his name aggressively and Gamora displaying some faintly terrifying flexibility. Limbs just shouldn’t move like that.

One slight mis-step, to me at least, was Drax. His dialogue is peculiar, in that it’s delivered in almost a classical, old-English style. And he’s not the brightest, which goes against the Drax I remember from the Annihiliation and Annihilation: Conquest events. That said, he got one of the biggest laughs in the screening, so what do I know?

It’s been a cracking year for comic book movies already, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past, but if this preview is anything to by Guardians of the Galaxy may just be the best of the lot.