So, yes, I popped into Tesco last night and picked up a cheap copy of Frozen and the Blue-ray of Guardians of the Galaxy. And since I’m in the mood and there are some Aneka-ish things to discuss in there…
On the whole I was disappointed. Not in a ‘this movie sucks big time, I wasted my money, I want a refund’ way, just in a way I should have expected: the movie was hyped up to the earlobes and there was no way it was going to meet expectations. The difference here is that Guardians was hyped by the fans. I feel parallels with Star Wars, actually. I have a feeling that there is a real lack of space opera in films and anything filing that hole is going to be greeted with over-enthusiastic fandom. I do think the sequel could well be awesome, but this movie was about as good as I’d expect from a film which has to introduce 5 characters from scratch. It dragged. A lot in places.
On the other hand, Zoe Saldana was hot, even in cool colours. (Yes, I’ve been working on that joke for hours.)
The parallels with the Aneka books should be obvious really, though they aren’t as strong as they might first appear. A friend who read Steel Beneath the Skin commented that she was expecting Aneka to have been born later, a little in the future. Of course, the reason Aneka has to be from now (more or less) is that she is our eyes and ears on the world of the future. Her previous experiences are ours and her reactions to her new home are (similar to) ours. Peter Quill, aka StarLord, is also kidnapped from Earth and ends up in a strange land, but the main reason for doing that is to drop in 1970s music and modern cultural references for the aliens to not understand. Quill already knows all the things that Aneka is there to educate the reader on. Of course, the assumed audience for Guardians already knows the setting, so that kind of thing isn’t really necessary, is it… Well, I’ve read a few comics and I was still kind of lost on who was what and why half the time. It’s a shame, because I think there’s a lot of background here I’d probably enjoy. Well, okay… I turn off my brain for most movies, why not this one.