Wednesday 6 August 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review!!!

The Guardians of the summer box office are here!!! Read on to find out why it's your duty to watch this!!!

What a movie!!! As if you didn’t know that already, seriously - you would need to have been living under a rock for the last few weeks to have not heard of this bad boy!

Despite not having had individual Avengers-like setup movies for all the different characters, GOTG has come out of nowhere to own the box office this summer!

Is it as good as Avengers? Nah, but it’s damn good nonetheless!

Perhaps because most people, myself included, have never heard of these characters we don’t go in with any pre-conceived notion of how the characters should behave.  I complained like hell when the first 2 Hulk movies were crap and equally cheered like a fan boy when Whedon nailed the Hulk character in Avengers.  But there was none of that as I went into GOTG.  It was a clean slate.  I just went in ready for anything and came out smiling from ear to ear.

Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a space bandit in the vein of Han Solo.  A human, abducted as a kid, he’s grown up in space surrounded by less than ideal role models. 

While attempting to steal a mysterious orb, Quill inadvertently gains the attention of the deadly Ronan and finds himself with the strangest of allies.  The common threat of Ronan forces the motley crew of Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket to set aside their differences and work together for the greater good.  Can they prevent the destruction of the galaxy??? Watch and see!

While it isn’t really obvious how this movie ties in with the other Avengers movies, and the post credit scene doesn’t help things any, it’s still the kind of good time that only Marvel seem to be able to pull off.  I couldn’t help but feel a nostalgic warmth, like I was discovering Indiana Jones for the first time.  It really could be how kids of today will look back at this in years to come. 

Pratt, Saldana, Bautista, Vin Diesel and Cooper all do fine work.  This is the first time I’ve seen Chris Pratt in a role that’s not all out comedy and he really nailed it.  A charming rogue, in the wrong place at the wrong time, Quill proves more than once that his heart is in the right place.  He’s willing to risk everything, even his own neck, for the things that are important to him and that really sold me on the character.  Several times I was pretty amazed by Pratt’s nuanced performance, like his moment of quiet contemplation as Rocket dons his prison outfit.

Now don’t get me wrong, the story never feels silly or childish but this is without a doubt the funniest Marvel movie so far!  The balance is just perfect so when things are funny they’re really funny; when things get serious they’re very serious.

It goes without saying that the effects are pretty great.  Both Rocket and Groot look fantastic, but special mention needs to also be made of the movies' badass soundtrack featuring loads of classic tunes as Quill listens to his ancient music playing device.

A really great summer movie, it left me hoping that Marvel never lose this gift they have for making cinema magical again.  The casting so far in most Marvel movies is nothing short of genius.  In GOTG in particular, the chemistry between all the leads is what really seals the deal and forces us to actually care about what’s happening.

A rousing finale left me yearning for more from this crew of unlikely heroes and it’s obvious from its box office success that I’m not the only one.

Excellent movie – check it out!!

Rating 4.5 out of 5


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