“So here we are: a thief, two thugs, an assassin and a maniac. But we’re not going to stand by as evil wipes out the galaxy. I guess we’re stuck together, partners.”
After two years of anticipation following San Diego Comic Con 2012 where Guardians of the Galaxy was announced, it is finally here. After a summer of lackluster blockbusters, this science fiction action farce is guaranteed to restore your faith in the season. Set in Marvel Studios’s newly carved movie universe there are definitely ties to the other films, most notably the appearance of Thanos and his terrifying alien army from The Avengers. Do not let the brand fool you though, Guardians of the Galaxy is not your standard comic book adaptation.
Director James Gunn has paved his own path in the universe while showing a great appreciation for past films of the genre. The sets, the costumes, and the visual style often pay homage to films like Serenity, Star Wars, and The Fifth Element, while the humor that Guardians is quickly becoming known for is undoubtedly inspired by the Indiana Jones movies. There is a lot of fun to be had with this film and even more laughs that will leave you wondering if you’re watching a Marvel movie or a Bill Murray comedy.
Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill, a space scavenger who prefers the title Star-Lord though his lack of notoriety has prevented the moniker from taking hold. Fans of the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation will see the familiar lovable goofball nature Pratt is known for but will be surprised by a sharper wit and a certain edginess that he dishes out in his portrayal of Peter Quill. Having been abducted by aliens as a young boy on the night of his mother’s death, Peter flies around the galaxy stealing artifacts from deserted planets while listening to the “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” tape he keeps in his anachronistic Walkman. The Walkman is the most notable plot device in the film often making the collection of 70s and 80s pop hits the soundtrack not only to Peter’s adventures but to the film as a whole. The beginning of the film shows Peter dancing to Redbone’s Come and Get Your Love as he steals an orb from a cave on an abandoned planet. This orb turns out to have a higher bounty than Peter’s head. When he brings the orb to his buyer fate brings him together with the rest of the cast.
The ensemble cast is rounded out by Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista. Cooper and Diesel voice the thug bounty hunters Rocket and Groot. Rocket is a biologically engineered raccoon with identity issues who loves big guns and bigger bombs. Bradley Cooper’s voice acting is astounding, his voice becoming Rocket’s with almost no hint of the original showing through. Groot is a mysterious tree being and Rocket’s muscle. Vin Diesel is Groot and that’s all you will hear from him although the character shows remarkable depth often playing on Rocket’s heartstrings. Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, the biologically engineered daughter of Thanos who is as conflicted with her past as she is deadly. Saldana never disappoints and plays the role with the jagged grace she has become known for. Bautista, a professional wrestler with the WWE, is surprisingly good in his role as Drax the Destroyer. Drax is a warrior who seeks revenge for the loss of his family to Ronan, the film’s antagonist who’s back story and motives are the only hazy part of the plot.
With a cast of unrecognizable characters that really pull you in and a director who shows he knows the science fiction genre like the back of his hand, Guardians of the Galaxy should go down as the quintessential science fiction adventure of recent years. It is outrageously funny, incredibly tight, and visually mind blowing. A must see for all ages.
11 thoughts on “Hilarity and Adventure Ensue With “Guardians of the Galaxy””
I’m with you on Cooper’s voice – I couldn’t believe it was him, he sounded more badass than he usually does which is not badass at all 🙂 such a fun movie and let’s hope Pratt will be a huge star, he is genuinely likable and sweet and has this cool kind of charisma – he plays a good guy but he is never boring.
It was just the last thing I expected from Bradley Cooper, it was definitely a pleasant surprise. I suspect a lot more roles will open up for Pratt after Guardians. He still has to work around the schedule for Parks and Rec but watch for him to blow up after that. Thanks for reading.
It’s amazing how far Chris Pratt has come since his days on the OC! Great review, Derek!
Embarrassed as I am to admit this, I first saw Chris Pratt in Everwood. For some reason I was sucked in by that show late in my high school career and was really happy to see him in Parks and Recreation when that first started up. I’m an avid viewer of Parks and Rec and Pratt’s character Andy is one of my favorite comedic roles on TV. Thank you for reading, I’m glad you enjoyed it.
There’s so much fun to be had with this that I couldn’t help but smile practically the whole way through. Good review.
It’s funny, I forgot to bring a notepad for review notes but the jokes were so memorable and the plot threads were so ingrained into my head by the soundtrack that I didn’t end up needing it. I hopped on my computer made a playlist of the soundtrack and was able to recollect everything through the songs. Thanks for reading and I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Lovely post! GOTG was so much fun, and despite not having much of a plot, I really enjoyed it! How awesome is the soundtrack too? The odd characters blended perfectly together and I really loved seeing them together.
Sorry for the late comment. I forgot to do the review and I have bookmark folder with all the reviews in.
Anyway great review. I Loved the film. Great music and very funny 😀
I really liked Guardians of the Galaxy, but had some issues really loving it, mostly with how the Gamora was treated. Otherwise, it was fun!
BTW, You’ve been nominated for One Lovely Blog Award, http://girlmeetscinema.blogspot.com/2014/09/one-lovely-blog-award.html. Congratulations!
I have heard a lot of negative reactions to Gamora. I haven’t read the comics yet so I have nothing to reference there. Thank you for the nomination! I will be producing more content again very soon, I have been moving and getting settled in. Thanks for reading.
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