Review: Guardians of the Galaxy
ANOTHER Marvel movie has hit the silver screen. Guardians of the Galaxy has graced us with its presence and it has one of the best retro soundtracks I have ever heard. The soundtrack is so good, in fact, that it has topped the midweek US Billboard chart.
Titled Awesome Mix Vol 1, the soundtrack features the best of seventies rock, pop and soul classics. Songs include Blue Swede’s Hooked On a Feeling, David Bowie’s Moonage Daydream and The Jackson 5’s I Want You Back. The movie itself has been a resounding success and in my opinion, it’s a must-see in 3D. A ragtag crew of self-mocking mercenaries battling over orbs may sound like a stupid plot but it is brilliant. This is not a typical superhero movie but at its core the message is a familiar one. The battle of good versus evil is something that will beat on long after this surprise hit is forgotten about.
Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt, is abducted from earth as a small boy. We join him years later as he scours space for treasured items for other people. His latest treasure – a silver orb – kicks off the story and a fierce battle with evil forces Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and Thanos (Josh Brolin).
This movie was risky, in my opinion, it could have gone either way but it really is good (I’m sure to Marvel’s relief.) When I saw the trailer, I wasn’t intrigued or even slightly curious to see this film. I thought it was going to be stupid and even contemplated not going. Who in their right mind wants to watch a group of misfits – including a tree and a talking racoon – save the planet. Boring!
Well boy, was I wrong. Quill is in his own words an ‘a-hole’ but evolves into a likeable leader. He is cheeky and it’s that lack of respect for authority that makes him a loveable rogue. Well that and his love for music and Kevin Bacon in Footloose.
Gamora, played by the gorgeous Zoe Saldana, is a misunderstood, badass master assassin who turns out to be a pretty good person (alien?) under her rough exterior. The very literal Drax is played by Dave Bautista of WWE fame and has some hilarious interactions due to his amazing knowledge of vocabulary. Bradley Cooper plays Rocket, an experiment of sorts who turns his hand at bounty hunting. This was the main character that I was worried about before seeing this movie. How would a talking racoon fit into the plot? Would it be too cartoony?
I needn’t have been worried. Without Rocket this movie would have been a complete flop, in my opinion. With that being said the person who I think really stole the show was Groot, a living tree played by Vin Diesel. He may have had only one line to repeat over and over again but his compassion and sweetness of character shone through his lack of communication and he really became central to the misfit group.
All in all, it is a fun, emotional and action packed movie. I think all comic book fans will appreciate the effort of bringing these anti-heroes to the big screen. Big thumbs up from me.
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