Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is a sparky 2014 scifi with a lot of personality.

Based on the Marvel Comics strip of the same name, the movie follows the adventures of a group of misfits who are flung together to save the universe.

 

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The original comic strip was published in 1969, with a new line of modern stories published in 2008 (and still being produced).

 

There’s a satisfying range of distinctive, quirky characters that includes a walking tree (Vin Diesel), a racoon with an anger problem (Bradley Cooper) a human or two (Chris Pratt), and various aliens (Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Benecio del Toro).

 

There is a decent script and even a little backstory for each of the characters. 

 

Easily one of the highlights is the ‘vintage earth’ soundtrack with some 70s & 80s classics such as ‘Hooked on a feeling’ and ‘I’m not in love’.

However, on the downside, I never really took the bad guys particularly seriously – and found the ‘saving the universe’ plot to be almost secondary to the misfit gang’s dynamics.

 

The movie is written and directed by James Gunn, who’s better known as a writer (‘Dawn of the Dead’, ‘Slither’).

 

I highly recommend this movie if you enjoy off-beat, light-hearted scifi. The sequel is already in post-production, with an expected release date of Spring 2017.

Available on Netflix and you can check out the official trailer here:

 

You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with

Jim Rohn famously said that ‘you’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with’.

 

Jim Rohn was an American entrepreneur, author and respected motivational speaker with a classic rags-to-riches story who had great influence on the personal development movement of the 1970s.

 

I find this both comforting and scary – as there’s no doubt that the people I spend my time with have great influence on my opinions, decision making, the activities I enjoy, the food I eat and even how I feel about myself.

And while it’s important that I feel loved and supported by my trusted circle, it’s also important that they give me constructive feedback when I’m wandering off course and behaving poorly.

 

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I can easily name the two most influential people currently in my life (my business partner and my sweetie), but I’m at a loss as to who the other 3 influences are on me?

Truthfully they change: there’s a natural fluidity to my trusted circle as I’m closer to certain friends at times than others.

I think of it like a giant rubber band that gets really big and stretchy at times and tight and close at others.

 

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It’s a little bit like this game from my childhood – played with a piece of stretchy elastic.

 

Given that two of my closer friends don’t live in my home city, we go through phases where we’re texting and calling regularly (usually when one of us has something going on) – followed by quieter times.

And the same really goes for my local friends: some are in orbit while others are in retrograde.

So perhaps in my case I’m actually the average of the two consistent influencers on my life, joined by those who happen to be in orbit each month.

 

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If you’re in this photo, then there’s a good chance you’ve influenced me in some way.

 

Who are your 5 people that you spend the most time with?