I’m not sure how many of you are psyched for the release of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, but I am. A year ago that statement would have surprised me. In part because I never had any real draw towards the comic. But after seeing all the great trailers and clips out there, I’m hooked. At least hooked enough to dare to have some good expectations. It looks like good, pure fun!
Part of what appeals to me is having some rock ‘em, sock ‘em space adventure that doesn’t take itself too deadly serious. My younger self liked that stuff, but now I find I’m drawn to more works that let you laugh once in a while. Or a lot. I’m not talking about space comedies, like “Spaceballs”, but dramatic shows with a well written humor subtext like “Firefly”. They remind me a bit of the crazy space adventures that I shared with my buddy Bill ( abakon.deviantart.com/ ) in my old RPG days.
My intolerance for ponderous, deadly serious SF is what turned me away from the series “Enterprise”. The scripts felt so dreadfully self-important and dry … not to mention sloppily written with plot holes the size of 18-wheelers. Inversely it’s why I so enjoyed books like Andy Weir’s “The Martian” (now being made into a film by Ridley Scott) and James S.A. Corey’s “Expanse” series (being developed as a series for SyFy). Sure, the basic plots are serious business, but the characters are willing to laugh at themselves and their challenges, as we all do in real life. Well… at least those of us that are fun at parties. And I'm talking about well-written, clever humor, not the forced belly laugh of a Jaj-Jar Binks fart joke written to amuse six year olds.
Another element that appeals to me about “Guardians…” is the 70’s SF production design. As you can probably tell I have a real soft pot for that look so they’re hittin’ my sweet spot. I’m sure the movie won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it sure looks like its gonna make my palate happy!
Two days ‘til I’m off to Shore Leave ( www.shore-leave.com/ ) in Baltimore, then it’s back home to see “the movie” (!!!) and to start my next cover assignment – a piece for a Kindle release of an Allen Steele novella. Catch ya ‘round on the digital playground! ‘Til next time, here’s a handful of DA eye candy worth gobblin’ down:
Man… you guys leave me in awe!