Night at the Movies – Guardians of the Galaxy

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Sci-fi Action/Comedy. Directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Bradley Cooper. (PG-13. 121 minutes.)

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past month you've probably noticed the hype surrounding this movie. Admittedly though, I am not entirely sure where it all came from. The series isn't exactly well known except to those that might be considered die hard comic book fans and the particular cast of characters isn't exactly standard Marvel fare as of late. Really, if one were to make a quick assumption (devoid of any research of course), one would think that Marvel simply wanted to create another IP to franchise and make easy money from fanboys (and girls) with. 

But now that we know the stakes, did it live up to the hype? Is it the introduction to a lesser known series that might make it a frontrunner to rival 'The Avengers', 'Iron Man', and 'Spider-Man' or just your run-of -the-mill egocentric (think Toby Maquire in 'Spider-Man 3') superhero flick?

Let's meet the heroes. We meet Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) first when he is abducted by Ravagers led by Yondu (Michael Rooker) after his mother's death and her last gift to him of an "Awesome Mix" (and it truly is awesome, comprised almost entirely of the grooviest of 70's tunes) and a cassette player. He will become our plucky captain and our very own futuristic Indiana Jones, where aliens actually make sense rather than that 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' nonsense. Disappointed in you Harrison Ford.

Next we meet Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a bounty hunter who is searching for the silver orb (MacGuffin crystal) that Peter Quill just happens to have in his possession, in service to her leader Ronan the Accuser who is in turn a servant to Thanos the chair-sitting cosmic badass. Not to much to be said about Gamora or Zoe Saldana honestly. Really it seems that any actress could swap into her role and it would go over just as well. 

Third on our list is Drax the Destroyer (David Bautista), a hot-tempered, muscle bound, thesaurus who takes things all too literally. His family was murdered by Ronan and so he wants revenge. He's the kind of companion that is always determined to get the party killed.

Last but certainly not least we have Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and sidekick Groot (Vin Diesel). Rocket is our Han Solo. He is a master technician, field tactician, and marksman (basically he does everything in the movie). And Groot is, well as he put it, "I am Groot." Yep, he's Chewbacca. The laughable duo make an excellent team and Vin Diesel breathes life into a character that could have very easily been, dare I say it, wooden.

The pop culture references and sense of humor make this movie an excellent choice for any superhero or sci-fi fan. The space battles and combat sequences are graphically beautiful and very easy to follow rather than the series of jump cuts that other directors in the industry, Michael Bay I'm looking at you, try to call a movie (aka Transformers, all of them). The soundtrack makes you want to tap your feet and sing along, much to the dismay of those around you. The movie brings together a little bit of every genre and does it well. And while there was admittedly a lot going on in each scene it never felt rushed, being as cool, calm, and collected as our headphones wearing, 70's listening, legendary outlaw, Star-Lord. 

In summation, this review can't do the movie justice without spoiling every moment and every zippy one liner. See it. Gunn's flick does a fantastic job of painting another picture of the Marvel universe and we can expect to see a whole lot more where that came from since over this past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con it was revealed that Sony Pictures has already started work on Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

I would give this one 4.5 out of 5 Groots.

"The Guardians of the Galaxy will return."

For more awesome news from the Con check out my post here of the Top 10 Comic-Con 2014 Announcements.


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One Response to Night at the Movies – Guardians of the Galaxy

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