Cert: 12A Runtime: 121 mins Director: James Gunn Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillian, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin
I am Groot
When Guardians of the Galaxy was announced a few years ago, I wasn’t convinced by the concept. As time flew by and the developments unfolded in casting, directing etc, still not convinced. Now when the first trailer was released I budged a bit, but the more I heard ‘Hooked on a feeling’ I got more psyched. This was a brave move by Kevin Feige & co, this movie is going to show the new direction the studio is taking the Marvel Universe. Could this film actually top The Winter Soldier? Can Marvel really have another hit on their hands? First of all what is Guardians of the Galaxy? Roguish Earthman Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), AKA Star-Lord, has got himself into a whole heap of trouble. He’s stolen an orb, which is also coveted by villainous psycho Ronan (Lee Pace). Ronan will stop at nothing to retrieve the mysterious artefact. This forces our charismatic anti-hero to forge an alliance with an unlikely quartet of rival cosmic outlaws. His crew comprises vengeance-crazed warrior Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), gun-toting Rocket the raccoon (Bradley Cooper), green-skinned deadly assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and tree-like humanoid Groot (Vin Diesel). But when Quill learns of the orb’s real power, a last-ditch battle for the galaxy ensues!
James Gunn did a brilliant job here, he had no build up movies for Guardians. He gave us a group of misfits we know of their origins and we had a good time doing so. He truly was the ace in the hole for Marvel Studios. I have never laughed so much in a Marvel screening, this was ‘puny God’ times a hundred. You would think this was a kids film, but we have so many 70’s and 80’s reference even adults are laughing out loud. The script is so sleek and smooth I wouldn’t change much about it. Hopefully we will go into more depth in Guardians 2. The music in this film was like being in my mum’s kitchen in the 90’s, it’s the type of music I was brought up with. I fricking loved it, the CD will be purchased people. This film is visually stunning, everything has such minute detail. It’s full of colour, the use of actual monster make up rather than CGI was much appreciated. Some of the aliens looked liked they belonged in Buffy. The runtime was just right, if it would of been longer maybe it would of lost it’s sparkle.
of the Galaxy took one big tip from Avengers, that was having a strong cast.Chris Pratt is just the average guy in this film, people can relate to him, he is by far the most grounded superhero at Marvel. He was witty, charming and he had a soul. He really is such an up and coming star right now.One of the biggest surprises is Dave Bautista, he had some tricky dialogue but he pulled it off. Many wrestlers don’t do very well in cinema, but he is an exception. Bradley Cooper as Rocket was hilarious, his voice work just felt like him but he embodies Rocket. Zoe Saldana does what Zoe Saldana does, she was good in her action role. Vin Diesel even though he had one line embodied his Grootness. I actually enjoyed Karen Gillian also, she has gone from being a nice girl from next door to a bad ass with Nebula. I hope we will see her again.
I do have a few issues. First of all Lee Pace as Ronan The Accuser, he just felt very two dimensional. I understood his grief but the character didn’t have much screen time to show that anger. Obviously with out giving much away he really is just a stepping stone to a larger kind of villain. You could say he was the Darth Maul of Marvel, minus the cool double edged lightsaber. My second issue, there was to much going on in the background. When we had big action sequences or just some dialogue I was being distracted by what was happening around the action. But then again I did enjoy the minute details, we have gripes people it happens. All in all this is by far the most entertaining film of the summer, and I doubt much can top it. Kevin Feige, Joss Whedon, James Gunn and Marvel you good people have done it again. A great movie, good for the whole family with some mild swearing I can dig it.