Out of all the movies coming out in 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy was truly my most anticipated. The dangerous thing about high expectations and hype is the possibility for huge letdowns. But fear not, Guardians of the Galaxy delivers in every way. Director James Gunn (Dawn of the Dead, Movie 43) manages to pull off one of the most fun, tongue and cheek, yet heartfelt Marvel action films to date.
The Guardians of the Galaxy first showed up in comics in 1969, scattered throughout various Marvel titles. Their group was “re-booted” in 2008, consisting of some original characters and several new unrelated characters. To non-comic fans, the Guardians of the Galaxy are the “B-Team” of the Marvel Universe. If Marvel were Notre Dame, the Guardians of the Galaxy would be Rudy, the unknown player that came out of nowhere to win the day. Who doesn’t love a good underdog story?
Guardians of the Galaxy is an intergalactic action movie set in the present time somewhere in the Marvel Universe. The movie follows Peter Quill also known as Starlord (Chris Pratt), a human being kidnapped and caught up in an intergalactic fight to save the universe. Starlord is a Ravager, a group of thieves and smugglers, taking what he can and delivering it the highest bidder. Unfortunately, in a “Raiders of the Lost Ark”-esque temple raid, Starlord makes enemies with a powerful enemy known as Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), who sends “living weapon” Gamora (Zoe Saldana) to retrieve the artifact from Quill. Enter Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel), two mercenary bounty hunters looking for a job. Upon seeing Peter Quill they clash with Gamora in an effort to capture Quill. Eventually they are all arrested by the Nova Prime police force and sent to The Kyln, a prison where they meet Drax The Destroyer, a powerful being bent on killing Ronan. It is in The Kyln that their cosmic meeting happens, forming an initially tenuous bond that will eventually solidify into the Guardians of the Galaxy. What follows is a hilarious, amazing action-film with memorable characters and some truly poignant moments of dialogue and backstory.
Each member of the Guardians brings a different dynamic to the group, and it really works. Have these dynamics been done? Sure, but writers Gunn & Perlman manage to keep the dialogue fresh and the relationships grounded in reality in some unexpected ways. It is the “down to earth” relationship dynamics that leads me to agree in part that Guardians may even be better than, dare I say, The Avengers. I would be amiss if I didn’t mention one of the greatest characters of the movie, it’s soundtrack. Like a who’s who of 70’s pop hits the soundtrack (played through the Walkman of Starlord) adds a character and playfulness to the movie that isn’t found any Marvel movie in recent memory and even it has an interesting backstory. Truly fantastic.
I went into this film knowing two things: (1) I like Marvel Movies (2) I like Chris Pratt. I left the filming saying “I like the Guardians of the Galaxy!” This is a major credit to director James Gunn. I tip my hat to you sir.
Guardians of the Galaxy is rated PG-13 for “for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language.” For a full rundown on the film content check out IMDB Parents Guide and Plugged In Online.
Guardians of the Glaxy is a great movie to see with friends. Whether you’re fans of comic book movies, or you’ve heard of Guardians of the Galaxy, you’ll leave the theater singing “I am hooked on a feeling.” So what did you think about Guardians of the Galaxy? Do you want to see it? Are you not interested? Comment below and let us know! Be sure to leave your rating below as well!