Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s Strongest Film Effort To Date
Five out of Five Dangers
(DM) — Guardians of the Galaxy is the most advertised Marvel movie to date. It’s the strongest effort produced by Marvel studios to date. Guardian’s is more of a science fiction romp than a superhero flick, scoring a five out of five.
Our first to reach the top of all review scores. More than just a film worth seeing, it’s worth owning in your media library with strong replay value.
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy is quirky, hilarious at times, balanced in action, character-oriented, with a sensational blend of Marvel personalities that do not come off as Star Wars cantina oddballs. This is Marvel’s best hit and it is out of the galaxy.
Voiced by Bradley Cooper Characters such as Rocket Raccoon will keep you in stitches and at no time do you hear Bradley in the character. Without knowing he is the voice, you could never pick him out. On the trivia front, Bradley cites Rocket’s voice based on Joe Pesci’s character Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas (1990).
Vin Diesel as Groot is nothing short of adorable. Unimaginable but true. Zoe Saldana as Gamora is another actress that despite any prejudices you may have for her due to her disdain for comic books, she is fantastic in her part.
Only pro wrestler Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer is soft on acting. Dave becomes an acceptable Drax due in part to well-defined mannerisms and humor.
Guardian’s carefully brings together this group of space misfits. They have hardly anything in common except distrust and fighting ability.
We begin on Earth with a vague introduction to our protagonist Peter Quill as a tragic son. Establishing his origin background we quickly and permanently see him head for space circa 1988.
We find him in space 20 years later on a solo expedition which begins with great gadgets giving you the impression we are deeply immersed in a space sci-fi that meets Indiana Jones. He’s transitioned to his adult form and sobriquet, Star Lord played by Chris Pratt.
Peter turns on a walkman and begins dancing through a cavern listing to the 1970’s hit Come and Get Your Love by Redbone. You can tell this isn’t going to be your typical Sci-Fi or Marvel flick. If you are familiar with the irreverence of Deadpool, it embodies a bit of that storytelling tone without the R rating.
It’s worth noting that the assorted ’70s and ’80s tunes played throughout the film are not simply well-curated tunes everyone will be seeking out after viewing the film, they have meaning and purpose to the story.
Chris committed to the role of Starlord transforming himself into the best physical shape of his life to play the part.
Action ensues establishing Peter as not only a fun-loving rogue but an agile Batman like an athlete with far superior gadgets. Peter’s adventure immediately leads to meeting all the members that make up the title, Guardians of the Galaxy.
It’s not your typical team up. They are not selected by the government to go save the day, instead, they realize their worth to each other in a convincing fashion.
The plot is a bit cumbersome at first due to many characters being introduced simultaneously. This doesn’t hold the story back at all. No sooner are we given the deepest plot thread, a cohesive storyline is established.
As outlined, as it is there are minimal ties to Earth with Thanos being the puppet master from a distance. Don’t consider this a spoiler, but we finally get to see Thanos up close and personal. Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men, W) portrays Thanos and Josh’s unique jawline bone structure lends to his characters form nicely.
Other characters from Marvel are used along the way and only if you know their background from existing canon do you know their fate. Otherwise you don’t think a moment of what the final outcome will be, instead, you enjoy the ride.
Most action movies are meant as mindless popcorn time sinks. Here we get characters that you understand their motivations and with a payoff to everyone’s agenda.
No scene is abandoned, each is finely crafted in production. Elaborate is the only word to sum it up. With so much care and detail applied the goal of suspending disbelief that we are in a completely silly outer space galaxy is accepted without condemnation.
For anyone that is a fan of comic books, this is a hit. While some nuances are changed to characters within Marvel, they are great representations in the cinematic Marvel universe. It’s going to be great to see how these characters may one day interact with Tony Stark or Thor.
In fact, Ironman was originally hoped to make a cameo in the film but Robert Downey Jr. is currently only obligated to be in Avengers titles.
The question is why would Marvel want Iron Man in Guardians if they knew he was not under contract to be in anything other than an Avengers film? One could speculate this has more meaning than is presently evident.
As for Thor, some had believed one character in Guardians of the Galaxy would be Angela, sister of Thor. She is not in the film in any way.
It’s a Marvel film. There is a stinger at the end that teases Marvel’s next film in line. Stick around for it, but it’s NO tie in.