Guardians of the Galaxy

Just like Kevin Bacon!!

I love everything Marvel but let me start by being as unbiased as possible…. this film is awesome!

Guardians is probably unfamiliar territory for most so let’s start off with a quick overview. The premise is that Peter Quill aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt) is abducted from earth as a kid and becomes a bit of a intergalactic looter. After looting a very valuable relic he ends up crafting a rag tag crew built up of Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a racoon called Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and everyone’s favourite tree… yes… tree Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) who have to keep it out of the hands of a wannabe space pharaoh called Ronan the Accuser.

Marvel have been on a bit of a streak of late. Just when people thought the Superhero film genre was getting stale; Avengers, Cap 2 and now Guardians seems to prove that they are only getting stronger.

That said Star Lord is more Star Wars than Stars and Stripes. This doesn’t feel particularly like a typical Captain America superhero film it’s actually more along the lines of Firefly or Star Wars because it is effectively a buddy comedy that is set in space. There are spaceships and laser guns and baddies with capes and even a wookie – as long as you replace the fur with bark.

Even though it doesn’t do anything Draxstically different (see what I did there) to most sci-fi films it does what it does really well. The film has great pacing so your attention never wanders as the well placed action scenes Rocket into action. The casting is superb and it leads to some nice relationships between the characters and you end up really Grooting for them (OK I’ll stop now).

The film is also funnier than it has any right to be. It’s not an outright comedy but it is funny. It’s the sort of laughter you get if you’ve ever heard someone fart in a crowded office. Sure, we’re all friends, sure we’ve all done some dumb shit but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing or funny.

I walked in to the screening with Groot as a firm favourite and came out with Rocket as my favourite, no Drax, no Quill, arrgh I don’t know. Drax taking everything literally took the rough edge off of him and I’m still chuckling now about how metaphors don’t go over his head, Rocket’s over the top schemes was a joy to watch, Gamora just being epic, Star Lords dancing and Groot simply smiling.

If you follow the comics then you’ll know that the Marvel Studios films (Iron Man, Cap, Thor, Avengers) all do relatively good fan service and GotG is no different. Most characters are spot on the only let down is probably Gamora who falls for Peter Quill a little too easily and is a little too girly and Drax who is meant to be the guy who can kill Thanos but struggled to fight Ronan. It also sets up the possibility of having a Nova film and adds more jigsaw pieces to the Infinity Gauntlet film which will most likely be Avengers 3 or even Avengers 4. Even if you aren’t a fan you have to admire how far stretching the seeds are sown for setting up Thanos in whichever film he is in.

It’s all topped off with a decent soundtrack of 70’s/80’s music and thankfully it’s not the kind of garbage that you are forced to endure at most weddings. Instead we get the Awesome Mix Vol.1 which really compliments the film’s aesthetics.

If you are hoping to see a lot Gamora Star Lord and Co (sorry… couldn’t help myself) in action then good news, Marvel have already announced a GotG 2.

Go See

  • Groot
  • Because you have a sense of humour
  • You have spare change… or even if you don’t just sell your shoes. You don’t need shoes, you do need GotG

Avoid

  • If you hate trees
  • If you hate racoons
  • If you were the one who farted in a crowded office… awkward!

Overall

5-stars

 

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