Remember when RLM did their awesome Phantom Menace review? Out of a number of smart observations, the smartest HAD to have been the amazing sequence where they break down why the Phantom Menace characters sorta stink while the original trilogy characters were so memorable.
Here’s the test:
"Describe a character without listing their job, gender, or what they look like."
(Unspoken side note: ‘serious’ doesn’t count as a description)
Guardians of the Galaxy has marvelous performances and writing. I also think Gamora was a missed opportunity.
I can do Star Lord and the other Guardians pretty easily:
Quill: Man child, roguish, haunted
Rocket: Angry, gleeful, clever, scared
Groot: Gentle, simple, earnest, loving
Drax: Vengeful, selfish, humorless (almost)
And then you get to Gamora…can you describe her?
I don’t mind Gamora at all, or Zoe Saldana. She just happens to play a character that was written and directed in such a way that, compared to her fellow Guardians, comes off lacking.
All I’m saying is, next time, let’s have her pass!