**********Warning the following article may contain spoilers. You have been Warned!*******************
Follow the space adventures of the Star-Lord AKA Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) who, along the way, picks up a ragtag bunch of aliens to help take down the evil Kree Warrior Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) who is bent on killing the Galaxy.
I don’t think I need to say it, but I will: I look forward to any Marvel movie that comes out. Have they all been great? No, but they haven’t sucked like some of the DC movies that have come out.
Marvel took a big chance with a movie like Guardians of the Galaxy. Its not the typical Marvel movie that we have seen in the previous years. We see Earth for maybe a total of 5 minutes, if even that, and then everything is out in space.
I have to say one of the funniest scenes in the whole movie is right after the opening credits and we are introduced to Peter Quill as an adult. If you are not laughing then, there is something wrong with you.
Just because it is off Earth doesn’t make it its only departure from the norm of previous Marvel movies. The Guardians aren’t all heroic; these guys are bounty hunters, criminals, killers even, but they band together for a common purpose and save the Galaxy in doing so. You are not getting Captain America, Iron Man, etc.
The tone of this movie is different too. Yes, you have the overarching Infinity Stone hanging over their heads (which is really the only tie in we have to the rest of the MCU), but you are getting more comic relief as well. Even though we have always had the jokes in the previous movies, I think with this group of characters, we get a slightly different type of joking and, dare I say, it is better.
I do have to agree with my fellow podcaster Eric that out of all the Guardians, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) was flat. Her character arc was not really strong and it seemed kind of forced at times to get her to be part of the Guardians and move along certain story lines. Nebula (Karen Gillan) was another one that I think was kind of one-dimensional, and we didn’t really get to see any development from her, but she was playing your typical baddie.
I have to say for me, both Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) really steal the show. Their performances are just great and so, so funny. I do not know how people will come away not loving those two.
Sadly, this time around, Marvel has decided to not show the Easter Eggs in the screeners, so I know there are some in there, but I cannot (nor would I) tell you what they are.
Who are we kidding? This is a Marvel movie! You know you are going to go see it in theaters, and it is going to make tons of money. So, yes, my recommendation is to go see the movie.
1 August 2014
PG – 13
James Gunn(screenplay and story), Chris McCoy (screenplay), Nicole Perlman (screenplay and story), Gene Colan, Arnold Drake, Steve Englehart, Dan Abnett, and Andy Lanning (comic book)
Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, Dave Bautista, Glen Close