After a rather slow start to the summer movie season, Guardians of the Galaxy had a huge weekend at the box office. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the superhero film grossed a record-breaking $94 million in North America – the largest August debut in history. Glenn saw the film over the weekend and he shared his thoughts on radio this morning.
“We went to see Guardians of the Galaxy. Hysterical,” Glenn said. “I haven't heard an audience laugh that hard in a long time. There was a few times where the swearing and everything is just a little over the top… [but] it's really good. Funniest movie I have seen in a long time.”
While Glenn admitted the prospect of a talking raccoon – voiced by Bradley Cooper – and tree – played by Vin Diesel – didn’t scream 'success,' the film is well done and worth seeing.
“It's almost a parody. Better than Galaxy Quest – and I love Galaxy Quest. But it’s not the same kind of story at all. These guys are supposedly real superheroes and the story line is really good… It's an impossible fete that they did. I mean, like, you are going to love the raccoon.”
Glenn and Tania also went to see the new James Brown biopic Get On Up, starring Chadwick Boseman as the singing legend.
“I don't know much about James Brown. I know his music and how it ended, but didn't know his early childhood. That guy was a tortured soul. Really impressive what he did… He grew up in the middle of the woods, and his mother and father were beyond recognition as a mom and dad. Just horrifying… And you leave that movie, I think, really affected by it. Almost like the Johnny Cash movie [Walk the Line], except it didn't have the redemptive power.”
For anyone considering making it a double feature – as Glenn did this weekend – he had a piece of advice: Make sure you see Get On Up beforeGuardians of the Galaxy.
“I’m glad I didn't see them in reverse,” Glenn concluded, “because the Get On Up is a movie that really affects you.”
Watch the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy below: