Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review
As a rockin’ space adventure that plays fast and loose, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is another score for an already successful Marvel universe. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and even the Hulk have all managed to put together quite the impressive resume of sequels and crossover films in an unprecedented feat that continues to raise the bar for the superhero genre. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is another one to add to that continually growing impressive list. While the film may not be the best of its kind and is a bit generic when it comes to the action sequences, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY more than makes up for it with an abundance of wicked sharp personality and surprisingly fun humor.
As the misfits of the Marvel universe, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY works like most beginning films, connecting the dots to introduce our team of ragtag heroes. After witnessing his mother’s death, a distraught young boy, named Peter Quill, runs out from the hospital and is suddenly abducted onto a spaceship. Now a grown man with only his mother’s “Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1” to keep him motivated, Peter, played by the always charming and soon-to-be household name, Chris Pratt (THE LEGO MOVIE), has become a renegade pilot and thief of sorts. A little goofy and perhaps a smidgen careless, Peter (also known or not known as his self-titled nickname Star Lord) has a quick mind and physical prowess that helps him maneuver out of his normal self-inflicted jams. After stealing a mysterious orb, Peter begins to be hunted down by all sorts of characters, chiefly the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace), a follower of Thanos (who we get a glimpse of in the post credits from THE AVENGERS), as they plan to use the power to rule the galaxy.
The rest of “Star Lord’s” eventual team all come together by firstly trying to kill one another. Gamora, played by science fiction regular Zoe Saldana (STAR TREK, AVATAR) is a trained assassin and orphan from an alien world where apparently they all have green skin. Drax the Destroyer, played by WWE wrestler Dave Bautista (RIDDICK), is a very literal minded muscle head who wants nothing more than to avenge the death of his family. Rocket, voiced brilliantly by a fast talking Bradley Cooper (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK), is an experimentation that resulted into a very angry raccoon who is quite tech savvy when it comes to battles and weaponry. Rocket utilizes these skills as a bounty hunter with his partner Groot, a soft-hearted, tree-like creature who, voiced by Vin Diesel (FAST & FURIOUS), is able to say one piece of dialogue – “I am Groot.” One might call Groot the wild card, since he continues to surprise everyone by his unusual abilities with unprepared results.
Where GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY differs from most films of its nature is in the rich character development. Brought up from the bottom of the barrel, our heroes are a bit crass and rough around the edges. Each of these yahoos have a thoughtful backstory that connects to the audience in an unexpected manner. Is it weird that I want to cry every time Groot is on screen? There is a serious power in who these characters represent that expands beyond the galaxy and into our inner souls. Director James Gunn manages to reveal a sadness beneath all of them but still maintaining a constant level of humor and fun on the surface.
With an “awesome” 70’s soundtrack that includes, “Hooked on a Feeling” by Swede, “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone, “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways, “O-O-H Child” by The Five Stairsteps, and “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes (just to name a few), music plays a vital role in the story and characters. One might be inspired to write a touching essay about the miracles of music as a universal language while teaching a valuable lesson in accepting others, ignoring differences and showing love and friendship to all kinds. These are just a few of the positive standout themes that rise above the action in this high-flying adventure ride.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3D REVIEW
The picture looks great with the 3D adding a definite depth of field that makes the unusual world that more engrossing. However, the highlights of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY comes with the interesting characters and sharp humorous dialogue not the grand action sequences. So if you are having difficulty making the decision, I’d save the few dollars and catch this adventure in 2D.