Who are the Guardians of the Galaxy? Not a question I was super keen to have answered in the months leading up to the release of the movie. I wasn’t too impressed with the first trailer, but I was also aware that excitement for the film was building with each passing week. And this week I finally watched the movie.
The opening of Guardians of the Galaxy rivals Up in terms of its ability to produce a lump in the viewer’s throat and even though the latter is still the champ in that regard, the lead in to what is a cracking space adventure is brimming over with emotion and pathos.
Did not see that coming!
The titles proudly proclaim that this is a James Gunn film and boy oh boy does the man deliver. For sheer colourful cinematic pop and crackle I don’t think any summer blockbuster this year looks and sounds as good as Guardians of the Galaxy. Major props to cinematographer Ben Davis, and the visual effects people at Method Studios and Framestore for the way this movie looks, and David Acord and his team for the way it sounds.
Peter Quill is played by the actor Chris Pratt, who dives right in and owns the part. This is a man who can do cool and flippant, as well as supremely badass in equal measure. While he is the token leader of the band of misfits that come together to prevent a mysterious orb from falling into the hands of a big bad dude named Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), each and every one of the rest of the gang has more than enough pizazz to be a part of this group. Without a doubt the duo of Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) are the standouts in this movie, especially Rocket. Angry, violent, and in possession of a bigger heart than most other blockbuster characters, that little fella is sure to find a place in the hearts of millions of viewers before too long.
There’s also Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Gamora (Zoe Saldanha) rounding up the group of adventurers who travel far and wide in Quill’s ship to first locate and then protect the orb. Along the way they encounter all kinds of weird and wonderful characters togged up in fruity skin shades and dramatic hair-dos.
The action is big and flashy, the quips are quick and pithy, and through it all Quill is also trying to get intimate with Gamora. But the real relationship of note is the one shared by Rocket and Groot, and all that 70s and 80s pop music (you’ll know what I mean) sounds so, so good!
Final Analysis: This is a movie chock full of characters, Easter Eggs, and big widescreen moments. To appreciate it all, you really have to see it on the big screen, preferably in a hall with really good audio.
My Advice: Run!—don’t walk—to the nearest big screen if a big booming space adventure is exactly what you’ve been craving for a while. Me, I can’t wait to watch it again.