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Guardians of the Galaxy Review

by on August 3, 2014
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Plot Synopsis

In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.

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121 minutes

 

Marvel’s worries about the success of Guardians of the Galaxy are gone because it’s a box office hit.

Marvel’s Cinematic Universe goes cosmic, when Peter Quill AKA Star Lord finds himself the object of a bounty after he steals a mysterious orb, coveted by Ronan the Accuser, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the pursuit of Ronan, Quill is forced into a truce with a quartet of misfits; Rocket, a gun toting raccoon, Groot a tree-like humanoid, the deadly Gamora, and the revenge driven Drax the Destroyer. But once the true power of the orb is revealed and the danger it poses to the cosmos, Quill must rally his ragtag group for one last desperate stand with the fate of the galaxy in the balance.

This is the tenth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’s showing that instead of doing all the usual superhero plot devices that we have seen time and again in the nine previous, Guardians takes the Universe by storm and takes off into new territory with great satire and some radical thinking. This movie isn’t good — it isn’t great — it is fantastic. The cosmos may never be the same again after Peter Quill and his troop blast their way through it. Much like the comic book of the same name, this is one of the best things going right now in cinema. It perfectly captures all the right notes that the comic book does and blows them up onto the silver screen in an uproarious, entertaining fashion.



After Guardians was initially announced, fans were skeptical of how good the film could be; at the time, the Guardians were more or less a C-list superhero team, especially in comparison to the juggernaut that the Avengers have become. However, if you look back to where Iron Man was prior to Robert Downey Jr., it was in the same state. Even with this cadre of anti-heroes, this group can be somewhat emotional as well. But, thanks to the sharp writing and directing from James Gunn, the backstory moments that he layers in the film does not lose any steam, and you find yourself caring about this misfit team of criminals. On top of all that, there is a great 70’s and 80’s-era soundtrack mixed in as well.

The main character, Peter Quill, is far less buttoned up on rules and regulations and saving the day thanm the typical Marvel hero. Saving the universe isn’t his job and he doesn’t want it. It’s something that he just falls into by accident, like another science fiction movie scoundrel you can probably easily guess. Quill is sarcastic and hilarious; you will instantly love the character right after the opening sequence.

In terms of casting, this film is perfect in comparison to the comic book. The Guardians are led by Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) who is beyond excellent as the orphaned and abducted earthling Peter Quill (AKA Star-Lord). Quill ends up jailed with Gamora who is played by Zoe Saldana (Star Trek), a muscle bound assassin, Drax, played by Dave Bautista (who is surprisingly good considering he was never much of a talker in his wrestling days and he possess pretty good comedic timing). Rocket and Groot are also locked up with them, who are voiced by Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), and Vin Diesel (Fast and Furious), who does a great job bringing life to Groot, especially considering his limited vocabulary.

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Pushing our heroes along in their journey is an equally fantastic group of villains; Ronan the Accuser played by Lee Pace (The Hobbit), the extremely savage Nebula, the daughter of Thanos, played by the scene stealing Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and their ally, Korath the Pursuer, played by the always great Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond). Of course, this would not be a Guardians movie without everyone chasing them; there is also the pirate and Quill’s abductor, Yondu, played by Merle Dixon himself Michael Rooker. The group is also being hunted by the ‘relatively-good guys’ at Planet Xander, the Nova Corps, which consists of a few faces that you will recognize, plus John C. Reilly as Corpsman Rhomann Dey, and Glenn Close as Nova Prime.

Now not to spoil anything, but the mere presence of Thanos (Josh Brolin) is huge and this movie makes Ronan the Accuser out to be quite the imposing force that people shudder in fear of, but the fact that Ronan kneels and works for Thanos, an even bigger imposing force than him, this means the Avengers are in for a rough ride in Avengers 3. Before we get there though, they really are doing a great job of making Thanos out to be the ultimate evil.

Matching the excellent acting and directing the special effects team had their work cut out for them and they didn’t disappoint. The detail and technical wizardry that Marvel has employed previously has paid off well this time around, as this movie is just pure eye candy, especially in IMAX 3D. Visual spectacle is on full display here, and keeps the movie to a brisk pace. The effects that went into creating Rocket and Groot is absolutely stunning, and it adds to the film when you become so invested in two characters who are completely CGI. It’s not often has that been achieved in film, as other movies with total CGI characters just do not strike the same chord, or are monsters like the most recent Hulk. Seeing effects pay off this well brings us back to another science fiction film that took the world by storm almost forty years ago; Star Wars. Everyone who has seen Guardians will definitely see it as Marvel‘s Star Wars with Quill as Han Solo.

Karen Gillan as Nebula

Karen Gillan as Nebula

On top of the special effects, the actual makeup that goes into bringing some of these characters to life is absolutely stunning. Karen Gillan looks unreal in her makeup as Nebula, as does Dave Bautista as Drax and Zoe Saldana as Gamora. The make up effects are just another part in this incredible film that really brings it all together.

Regardless of how well you know the source material or not, the most important thing to know here is that the movie is tonally and visually perfect; it rides the line between silliness and excellent action sequences better than any summer blockbuster in recent memory, and is exactly what a comic book movie should be. The bad guys are super bad and have the most evil of intentions, while the heroes are less than perfect but want to do the right thing to save the day.

Also, as every Marvel fan knows, make sure that you stay for after the credits, it’s worth it!

This is the summer blockbuster that we have been waiting for, and i just might be Marvel’s best movie to date, and possibly one of the best summer blockbusters ever. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and see thisMarvel masterpiece in theatres and IMAX now!


Positives

+ Amazing Action

+ Comedy was well timed and well placed

+ Great emotional scenes

+ Fantastic cast

+ 3D is top notch

+ Soundtrack is awesome

+ Well paced

+ Great direction and writing

+ Special Effects and Makeup effects are spectacular

Negatives

There's negatives? Not here.

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Go see this movie, then go see it again and again and again...