Guardians of the Galaxy – Review

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Even if you are a not a big comic book aficionado chances are that you are aware of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the rest of the Avengers who have helped Marvel Studios create Their cinematic universe, now with Guardians of the Galaxy we travel to the other side of that universe.

The film begins on Earth introducing us to a young Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt in a role a young Harrison Ford would have been proud of, who following the death of his mother is abducted by aliens. Skipping forward to present day we see that Peter has grown into a roguish outlaw who calls himself Star-lord. Soon afterwards we get introduced to the other players. Gamora (Zoe Saldana), deadly, green-skinned assassin. Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), an 8 foot tall, talking tree creature with a surprisingly expressive vocabulary consisting of ‘I’, ‘am’, and ‘Groot’. Rocket Racoon, a surly, inventive, violence prone, genetically engineered raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper, and Drax the Destroyer, the vengeance seeking warrior with a heart of gold played by WWE superstar Dave Bautista.

The plot is not particularly complicated, our five heroes must overcome the¬† odds, and each other to band together and save the universe. The thing about this film is not some overly grand complicated scenario that our heroes have to triumph but the sheer amount of fun and silliness along the way, while I am a big fan of all the previous films that Marvel have given us I can’t think of one that was as much fun as Guardians of the Galaxy. The characters are very well realised and the audience immediately takes them to heart. I found myself genuinely concerned about the characters whether they were human or not.

The main villain in this film is a character called Ronan the Accuser, played by Lee Pace. To be honest he is simply there to give our heroes something to do and was never something more than “the big bad” of this piece, much like the character of Nero in 2009’s Star Trek.

Although a film that builds another layer to Marvel’s cinematic universe you do not need to have seen all the previous films that Marvel have released, it stands on its own to feet as a fun, action packed, space adventure. If you have however been following all the films there is plenty to further flesh out the overarching plot for the series as a whole. We finally get to see Thanos, voiced by Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro returns as The Collector and lots more besides.

The film has a great soundtrack of rock and pop tunes from the 70’s presented in the guise of a mix-tap given to Peter Quill by his mother on her deathbed. The songs really set a mood and tone for the film that would have been difficult to achieve otherwise.

As with previous Marvel movies watch out for the post credit stings, the first being for fun and the second for true believers.

To sum up GOTG is a fun-filled action packed adventure, and the only film this summer that I have wanted to see in cinema more than once. With Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Studios have announced to the world that they can pretty much do whatever the hell they want and it will be great.

Have you seen this movie? please comment below and let me know what you thought of it.

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CAST Chris Pratt, zoe saldana, dave batista, lee pace, karen gillan, vin diesel, michael rooker, benicio del toro, glenn close, josh brolin

DIRECTOR James Gunn

RATING 4/5

 

 

 



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