While I wish I was free tonight to watch the midnight showing, I for one have not boared the Guardians of the Galaxy train. At least not in the sense that once I heard Marvel Studios was making a major motion picture of it, I did not then become a Guardians of the Galaxy fan, start talkin’ about how great they are, and add to the hype that is now everywhere. The reason I steered clear of the franchise and its fans is not because of any dislike for those people, the comics, Marvel, or anything tied to the franchise. It’s quite the opposite. I avoided because I know virtually nothing about the Guardians of the Galaxy, but I know I’m going to see their movie anyway.
Think about it. This is my one opportunity to confidently spend my money on a movie that I have no knowledge of. I know that Marvel Studios produces well-made blockbuster movies that are full of action, fun, and get me pumped. And I know that I have never disliked a Marvel Studios production. I can only say that about Marvel Studios and Pixar Studios, though I’ve yet to watch Cars 2. Now, all I know of the Guardians are three characters. My friend Jack dressed as Starlord for San Diego Comic Con two years ago (the one that happened to announce the film) and I had no idea who he was. Later one day I was watching “Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” and that character appeared alongside a raccoon, a tree, a witch, and a warlock. I officially met the Guardians of the Galaxy and got a brief introduction to what it is they do. I was raised on Marvel’s animated programming, so my knowledge of the 616th universe doesn’t extended much further past the A & B-list Avengers and X-Men. The Guardians are an entirely new thing for me. Later still, I got rid of cable, so I stopped seeing trailers. So I have the ultra rare opportunity to walk into a movie I know I’m going to enjoy, one that happens to be as messed up as the premise for this movie is, and have the completely new and exciting story revealed to me in the exact way the director wanted me to discover it. How cool is that?
Now, unfortunately, I am a member of the nerd community and I live in LA, so it is impossible for me to not have seen the three other characters I have not yet met and general tone of the movie. Bradley Cooper’s voice as Rocket has been spoiled for me, but that’s not a whole lot. I still expect to have lots of fun and wide-eyed awe with absolutely no moments (aside from the one with the Walkman) already anticipated. I got into a habit of avoiding trailers after I saw The Matrix: Reloaded and was disappointed when I realized I had seen all the cool parts and the movie itself was no longer exciting. So for sequels to movies I enjoyed I could go see them without risk of that happening again. (I assure that the cool parts of The Matrix: Revolutions were at least still cool.) For everything else I’d still have to see a trailer to get an idea of whether I’d care to see in the first place. But not this time! This time I’m just gonna sit down in the theater with no expectations, no spoilers, and pretty much no already-seen-it footage and just enjoy the ride!
And next year I’ll do it again with Pixar’s Inside Out. I have absolutely no idea what this movie is about! I just know it’s Pixar, and they’re having fun with it, and it’s gonna be awesome cuz it’s Pixar havin’ fun. It’s going to be the best movie viewing experience I’ll ever have.
Thank you so much for your help and contributions to our “Snape and the Marauders” Campaign. While we did not reach our goal, we are still committed to making this film a reality. We have a strong, emotionally driven story that has some great actors, action and effects. We just need to re-evaluate and get the word out more. Stay tuned here and our facebook and twitter pages!
After about two months of on and off traveling, and one of those months being the one where I was between roommates and decided since I’d be traveling it wasn’t worth having internet anyway, I’m back!
A lot has been going on and if I get the time I might blog about it, hopefully in time to start blogging about the cool stuff coming up. But real quick, here’s a brief synopsis:
Pirating in Winnipeg
Adventuring at FantasyCon
Promoting Severus Snape and the Marauders
Getting a new roommate and rearranging the entire apartment
Lots of auditions
Pirating in Ventura
San Diego Comic-Con
And tonight I’m heading to the Magic Castle for a viewing party for ABC’s The Quest.
I’m sure I’ve missed out on a lot of stuff too, but that’s okay and I’ll blog about that later this evening. But for now, I’m home, I’m catchin’ up on laundry, I got a haircut, tomorrow I’ll get groceries… and sooner than later I’ll be back to blogging and stuff.
See ya later, Tumbls!