HOOKED ON A FEELING
Marvel has a good thing going since it was purchased by Disney nearly 5 years ago. Super Hero movies are highly respected these days. Whenever a Marvel movie debuts, it inevitably debuts at #1 in the box office. The latest experiment will certainly pay off as Disney brings a new series to the screen, Guardians of the Galaxy. Guardians is a mix of the gorgeous cinematography we have come to know, enthralling action, and a high dosage of comedy. Marvel subtly makes fun of its own brand throughout the film. You might think that this is just a secondary project for Marvel, a cash-grab so to say. But you wouldn’t be more wrong. This movie is right up there with The Avengers, Captain America 2, and Iron Man 3.
Guardians is centered around Peter Quill or “Star Lord.” Peter steals an Orb and ends up with a bounty on his head. An assassin named Gamora is sent to capture the orb from Peter. In their ensuing battle, bounty hunters Rocket and Groot are drawn in. The four are then arrested by Nova Corps, who brings them to a high security prison. There, they meet Drax, a brutally tough inmate. Drax attempts to kill Gamora but is persuaded not to do so by Peter. The new group (the Guardians) discovers an Infinite Stone within the Orb, a powerful item that destroys all except those who are powerful enough to wield it. A Warlord named Ronan knows of the Orb’s power and brings a legion of warriors to the prison, but the Guardians escape. This is where the movie takes off.
I had read previously an opinion piece that stated Guardians would do for this generation what Star Wars did for the generation of the 70s/early 80s. Being a mega Star Wars buff, I would say that Star Wars is as legendary as films get. However, I can totally appreciate that sentiment and can see the similarities. Guardians feels as light-hearted as A New Hope did, before taking on a darker tone with the rest of the saga. Both films feature likable heroes in Star Lord and Han Solo. In fact, each of the four main characters feel a bit like Han’s personality was dissected and distributed. In a small and seemingly irrelevant (to this movie, at least) line, Star Lord mentions that he doesn’t know who his father is. Need I say more? Seeing that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was officially already announced, one can assume that question will be answered, if not a central focus of the plot.
Star Lord is perfectly cast as Chris Pratt, who is quickly becoming a household name in the nerd world. Coming off a strong performance as Emmitt in The Lego Movie, Pratt is the perfect mix of sarcastic and charming. Bradley Cooper is the voice of Rocket the Raccoon. Imagine a Raccoon version of Phil from The Hangover. Vin Diesel plays the totally lovable Groot, despite having only 4 words in the entire film. Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, whose personality is a mix of her characters from Avatar and Star Trek. Dave Bautista plays Drax, a character not seen very often in the previews and trailers for the film. He delivers some of the funniest lines of all and is the true fifth member of the Guardians. His performance brought comedy and a true element of emotion that I did not think we would witness.
Guardians is not nearly as different from the other Marvel films as I thought it would be. I went in thinking this would be a total spoof movie akin to Spaceballs’ homage to Star Wars. I was wrong. This particular sector of the Marvel lore is less known to super hero fans, but I can guarantee it will spark an interest among many fans to know more about it. The writing was impeccable – Marvel really nailed this one. The acting was top notch, with supporting roles from Glenn Close and John C. Reilly. If you’ve seen most of the Avengers’ individual movies (The Hulk, Thor, etc.), then you likely saw the end-of-the-credits scenes. Many of these lead to what you see in Guardians.
Guardians brings yet another glorious series to the mega-popular Marvel franchise. I am excited to see what is next. Don’t be surprised if you see this on multiple occasions in theaters.
+ Superb Writing & Acting
+ Original Story Line
+ Engaging performances keep things emotional yet light
+ Comedic Timing
Josiah LeRoy is Geekiverse’s Senior Editor. Leave your comments below!
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