Guardians of the Galaxy: Masters of Character Arc

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Let me start off by saying if you haven’t seen this movie yet go see it right now. You can read my article afterwards. I don’t want to spoil any part of it for you. This movie blew me away. I was not expecting it to be so phenomenal. In my opinion this is the best Marvel movie ever made. I would even say it’s the best superhero movie ever made.  I know many will disagree with that. There are certainly many contenders for that title, but let me explain why I believe this.

It wasn’t the awesome special effects, or the spot on actor portrayals, or even the excellent story structure. It was the characters. All the characters were superbly written. They were deep and believable and there was a clear arc for all of them. They all started out as loners who were only looking to accomplish their own selfish ends. Watching them change and grow together as a group, become friends, and care for one another was awesome.

They realized that alone they couldn’t get what they wanted, but they began to see how strong they were together. It started when they were all in the same prison together. Working together they were able to break out. The goal was to use each other long enough to fulfill their purposes. Quill wanted to sell the infinity gem. So did Rocket and Groot. Drax just wanted kill Ronan because he killed his wife and child. Gamora wanted to take down Thanos because he killed her entire family. All their goals changed and became one in the same though.

It began when Drax contacts Ronan and plans to meet him in single combat and destroy him. What else? He is Drax the Destroyer after all. He fails and Ronan gets the infinity gem. This sets the quintet on a course where they are now going to be responsible for the annihilaGog4tion of an entire planet unless they band together to stop Ronan.

The five heroes are brought closer and become true friends. The scene where Groot lights the way and Drax expresses his friendship was a powerful scene. Even Groot, with a three word vocabulary, comes through as a deep emotional being. I saw the movie with my three kids, ages 12, 9, and 5. All three said Groot was their favorite character.  He was a fierce warrior, loyal friend, had a soft spot for kids, and willing to give his life to safe the lives of those he loves.  “I am Groot,”  says it all.

I also have to mention that there were a lot of great comedic lines in this movie.  The set up and delivery of the lines was flawless.  The comic situations were timed just right to contrast well with the dramatic moments.  Drax was hilarious, and when Quill started singing and dancing in front of Ronan, I lost it.

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Finger tip to throat means death.  Metaphor.

This may sound cliche, but this movie has everything.  action, comedy, romance, drama, continuity, and even Howard the Duck.  I’m planning to see it in theaters again.  Hope to see you there.

Ryan Brooks
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Ryan lives in the rustic beauty of Bennettsville, SC with his wife and three children. After high school he paid his own way through college by joining the U.S. Army and earning a G.I. Bill through his four years of service. He used it to attend Francis Marion University, where he obtained A BS in Biology with a minor in Creative Writing. He has been a high school teacher and professional writer for about ten years. In 2013 he finished his graduate studies at Full Sail University, receiving his MFA in Writing for Visual Media. He is an awarded author, receiving accolades in Story Boarding for Animation and Literary Research.

1 Comment on Guardians of the Galaxy: Masters of Character Arc

  1. I agree with everything you wrote! This movie is great.

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