Despite having the lowest summer box office in over a decade 2017 has been a great year for movies. It’s actually hard to believe that the box office has been so bad given just how many great movies have come out. It’s almost like the a glut of sequels and remakes combines with going to the movies being a kind of shitty experience is starting to take a toll. Or everyone spent the summer outside. You never know.
In any event, since I haven’t been writing reviews as diligently as I should (read: at all) I’d like to present you a few performances from this year in roughly chronological order that are worth of both your time and hefty amounts of praise. Mild spoilers for all films discussed.
The marketing for _Guardians of the Galaxy_ has basically been omnipresent for the last few months. Hardly a day went by without a new poster or image or teaser or whatever. The reason for this is simple: this is the first real test of Marvel’s brand. Guardians, like it or not, is a lesser known property and while this film connects with the over reaching continuity of the established Marvel Cinematic Universe it doesn’t actually feature any characters that we’ve already met meaning that they can’t trade on the popularity of Iron Man or Captain America they have to rely on the corporate brand. In this world of “new things are risky let’s remake something from the 1980s” that’s kind of a big deal.
So it’s a good job they knocked it out the fucking park with this movie otherwise they’d be in trouble. Yes, it’s great and you should see it. No need to even finish reading this review. Just go. Or finish reading this review and I’ll give you a few reasons why.
The first full trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy is finally online! We get a better sense of the characters, dialogue from Rocket, and the to hear Grott say “I am Groot”, all set to more classic rock. Let’s watch!
The full trailer doesn’t come out until tonight, but here’s a 15 second tease for Guardians of the Galaxy. I usually hate teasers for teasers for trailers but since at this point _Awesome Friday_ may as well be called _Marvel Fanboy Weekly_ let’s take a look.
In more Doctor Who related News, Former Co-Star Karen Gillan has joined the cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Well that’s very exciting.
[The Hoolywood Reporter broke the news](http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/doctor-who-star-joins-marvels-561293) the other day. We don’t yet know exactly who she’ll be playing but we do know she’ll be the lead female villain.
I rather liked Gillan as Amy Pond and I think she might be great in this part. She’s feisty and I think she can carry the bad guy vibe pretty well and it’ll be cool to see her playing off Michael Rooker and Lee Pace (who are the other bad guys).