The first press screening for Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" took place on Friday night with tweets from various film website writers gushing about the comic adaptation. One common bit of praise suggested in several tweets is that the film is more standalone than you expect, and thus feels like its own film rather than just the latest chapter in a bigger saga. That is a good thing.
"Oh #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy. You were everything I wanted and more. The most fun I've had watching a movie this year. Gorgeous, just gorgeous. In love w/ #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy. Will be talking about it a lot. So wonderfully entertaining and just beautiful. ALL awards to the VFX team." - Kara Warner
"#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy is the most beautiful looking & humorous @Marvel film to date. @JamesGunn utilizes his soundtrack choices perfectly." - Courtney Howard
"GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is pretty damn irresistible. Unerring balance of comedy, action and Groot. Had a blast with it." - Jeremy Smith
"Guardians of the Galaxy is the first Marvel movie to have a great third act. It's full of personality, laughs, and dick jokes. Guardians of the Galaxy tells one story. It's cool and confident enough not to leave behind a bunch of loose threads." - Jack Giroux
"Marvel’s @Guardians is magnificent. Hilarious, touching, action packed, I don’t think I could’ve liked it more. @JamesGunn killed it. Wow." - Germain Lussier
"GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is, even with its Marvell-y flaws, jolly good fun, like John Badham doing STAR WARS. Space opera, with a wink. Random GUARDIANS thought: In many (good) ways, it's about as indebted to FIREFLY/SERENITY as it is to the look/feel of other Marvel Movies." - James Rocchi
"I really liked GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. The characters work so well together. Gunn nails space opera. I'm excited for GUARDIANS 2 not for plot reasons but bc the heavy lifting of establishing everything is done and the characters can sing. Weird thing: while GUARDIANS has the most Thanos-wank yet it's the Marvel movie that stands most on its own. It feels whole." - Devin Faraci
"...It's better than Thor 2 and Iron Man 2?" - Kris Tapley
Should the film prove a hit, one name who is certain to come back is director James Gunn. Speaking with Adam Carolla, Gunn confirmed he will return if it goes forward, and finds himself in an amusing position after struggling as a director for years:
"I'm actually in a somewhat weird position because if the movie does well, then I'm gonna make the sequel. And if it does okay then, well, I've already been offered other movies but I can only do those other movies if I don't do the sequel, so it's a weird situation."