In order to promote the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy was giving out free tickets to a special 17 minute preview on their Facebook page and I was able to snag one. I was slightly hesitant about going to see a preview since I didn't want to ruin the movie but I really want the special poster. I was not disappointed in what I saw and it was beautiful in 3D IMAX. The 17 minute preview consisted of a small foreward, a section of the movie, and a new extended trailer.
What was really great of watching the preview was that we get to see characters other than Peter Quill/Starlord (Chris Pratt) talk and we really got a sense of their characters as they never had any dialogue in the trailer (at least the first one which is the only one that I watched). Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper) is hilarious and I can't wait to watch the full movie to see more of him.
Rocket Racoon looks amazing; great job to Tippett Studios, but most amazing is Groot (Vin Diesel). Groot doesn't say much but there was a nice fight scene in the preview and we see why he is Rocket's muscle. Groot is able to change/grow his body like a real tree either creating a massive shield of vines and branches or extending his arms out to whip at his foes.
Interestingly we don't see much of Drax (Dave Bautista). He doesn't show up until later in the preview during the fight scene unlike the trailer where we see the four main characters all lined up together. He doesn't talk much and if I hadn't watched the initial trailer at all I would not know his backstory at all.
I wish Gamora (Zoe Saldana) was more visually interesting as she mainly just looks like a green person. She does have some silver markings on her face but they tend to be unnoticeable from a distance and especially when her hair is down and loose. I do love the green tone, particularly how light and shadow falls across it and interacts to sculpt her face.
I was initially apathetic towards this movie as just another Marvel superhero movie (come on DC, time to step up!) and after X-Men the only other movie that I was really looking forward to anytime soon was Laika's Boxtrolls in September but I will most likely be putting on Guardians of the Galaxy on my to watch list!