“Watchmen” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” are both Grade B- or 🌟🌟 movies
“Watchmen,” 2009: Rorschach “Never compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon. That’s always been the difference between us…”
“Guardians of the Galaxy,” 2014: Rocket the Racoon “That is the most real, authentic, hysterical laugh of my entire life because THAT IS NOT A PLAN.”
These are the key similarities, as well as major differences, that lie in both of these comic book-to-film adaptations. While the “Watchmen” (Wm) goes for dark and adult storytelling, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” (GOTG) strives for an upbeat, endearing, and universal story. But both films have similar problems, the inability to deliver fully fleshed out characters and almost devoid of a story. So both are the same movies in that respect.
No Capes For The “Watchmen” (Wm) But Keep The Stars
Wm is loaded with A list talented Actors and Actresses such as, Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jackie Earl Haley, Patrick Wilson, and Billy Cudrup. But it hardly helps to elevate a script strictly focused on spectacle rather than deeper story telling. This 2009 movie meanders from present, flashback, to present, then past, and then back to the present. Indeed confusing a lot of the time.
The premise of it taking place in an alternative universe however, where Richard Nixon is POTUS for a third term, and the different generations of Watchmen heroes saving the world from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s is excellent. Think of it as the Justice League (JL) with alternative super hero versions of the JL team. It could have been so much better. More on that later. Wm’s Marvel counterpart suffers the same fate.
Chris Pratt’s Star Lord Is NOT The Michael Jordan Of Superheroes in “Guardians of the Galaxy” (GOTG)
Star Lord is the human character that links our Blue planet to these band of super humanoid misfits. Pratt’s Lord is in almost every scene propelling the other characters to make a difference with their lives, and that is saving their world. But Star Lord does not have to be, the rest of the cast is perfectly capable and just as talented to take the weight off of Pratt.
For instance, there is Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, Bradley Cooper voices Rocket the Racoon, Dave Bautista plays Drax the Destroyer, along with Vin Diesel who voices Groot, a literal tree creature; and Karen Gillan – of “Doctor Who” fame – playing a type of cyborg, half humanoid half robot, named Nebula. It should not be all about Star Lord, but this is GOTG’S origin story.
Winning Standout Characters in Wm and GOTG
Wm clearly have most of their characters fleshed out. Not much is the same for GOTG’s cast of characters. Morgan’s The Comedian is no Batman’s Joker, but he is just as sadistic, and plain scary at times. The Comedian’s sometime lover Silk Specter played by Gugino is exceptional with her frailty and strength; as well as Haley’s Rorschach and Cudrup’s Dr. Manhattan are cold, and calculating. Matthew Goode is well good as Ozymandias. Lacking are Malin Ackerman’s Silk Specter II, and Wilson’s Owl Man, which is a disappointment because they both have great chemistry.
Versus GOTG characters, as stated before, Pratt’s Star Lord is more well rounded than the rest of his team. There is only a hint of who they are, like Rockett, Groot, and Drax. There is however a great conflicted dynamic between Saldana’s Gamora and Gillan’s Nebula, which could have been explored more. While the characters and their development is clearly flawed, the overall story is not any better.
Great Visual Spectacle Versus A Weak Storyline, The Two Should Never Meet
You can tell that Wm and GOTG spent a long time perfecting the visual effects. How green should Gamora be? How much of Rocket a racoon and Groot the tree should really look? How collectable should Star Lord’s mask/space helmet really be? Perfect on all fronts. Wm wins in capturing the hope and despair of the times; the coldness of Antarctica; and the exquisite costuming and scenery of their entire universe.
But the plot in both movies is contrived and predictable, which is a pity. Without giving away too much, depending on which side you choose the Wm prevailed. As for GOTG this was how they became the Guardians.
The End For The “Watchmen” But the “Guardians of the Galaxy” Will Get Two More Sequels
The saving grace in these comic book-to-film adaptations is that you do not have to be an avid fan, or even have read about these comic book superheroes. This is what makes them both compelling and outstanding on their own.
While we may never ever get to see the sequel to DC’S “Watchmen”, hopefully Marvel’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” would have fixed the character development flaws, as well as given us a stronger story.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” will be landing in US cinemas on May 5.