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It's a bitter old man in a younger, handsomer man's body ranting like a lunatic for about 76 minutes or so (I didn't time the credits and such). Is it possible for a film to have the status of 'citation needed'? Seriously, who has the strawman nutjob be the hero of the film?
Despite a PG 13 rating the film is a very solid action flick with action that is very visible and at times delightfully creative. The cast in general works quite well, even general non-actors such as Ronda Rousey managing okay (though she definitely has room to improve). The film can feel a bit more hollow than the previous entries due to a decision to try and introduce a new, younger team before focusing again on the veterans, leading to a bloated cast that don't get an equal amount of action (arguably one the big things the first film did right). As interesting as learning a bit more about the team's origins was Gibson's villain was still fairly bland if fun. Antonio Banderas ended up being a welcome highlight, but once again Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Dolph Lundgren felt a bit marginalized, as did newcomer Victor Ortiz. None the less the film delivers what it promises and is a fun ride.
You know what, as problematic as it was, the turtles themselves felt kind of right and Will Arnett was mostly funny. The plot was pretty generic, Megan Fox was incredibly bland, the action was okay to bad, and the villain's motivation was stupid. Still, it isn't nearly as bad as it could have been, and actually had a few decent ideas in there.
Despite the interesting premise of playing on the idea that the real Hercules wasn't as awesome as the legends say while still none the less being pretty awesome, the film's plot is nothing special. The cast chemistry is in general pretty solid and most of the action is impressive. The stylized CGI works in the film's favor more than once given the nature of scenes, and the running time helps sell the film more as a popcorn flick than something trying to be of true substance (though the lack of substance is a bit of a shame). That said, Iolaus is one of the most annoying characters I've seen in film all summer, and serious impacted my enjoyment of the film.
Rarely do you get as random an assembled cast in a film as Guardians, and it actually works since the film's characters are equally as somewhat random. The action, the humor, the cast chemistry and more all work quite well, with the only real faults pretty easy to ignore or not even notice during viewing. Add on the bonus of the film being so separate from other Marvel Cinematic Universe films that watching them isn't required (though it'll help you appreciate a couple of scenes more for sure) as helps. Easily one of the best science fantasy films since Star Wars.