Review: Guardians of The Galaxy
Marvel Studios has officially done the impossible. They’ve turned a little known, little loved comic book title like Guardians of The Galaxy into cinematic gold. And cinematic gold translates to big bucks for Marvel!
By now, Marvel Studios has managed to keep up a pretty steady pace, barely faltering at all along the way. Not every entry in their now very much established cinematic universe has been a complete masterpiece, but with each entry they prove time and time again they are the masters when it comes to enthralling comic book blockbusters, having been most successful with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year.
When this latest film from the studio, Guardians of The Galaxy, was first announced, it posed quite a few questions among both Hollywood and the movie going public alike! Questions like “why?”, “will it work” and “who the hell are the Guardians of The Galaxy?”.
The results could never have been predicted. The hype took hold, sales of Guardians comics suddenly went up and the question of “would it work?” was answered when the film opened in most regions this weekend. The answer was hell yes!
In fact at this point in Marvels cinematic universe, or “MCU”, Guardians of The Galaxy stands above and beyond the rest. It’s a big call, but the film, in both my opinion and that of many others, takes the title as Marvel Studio’s best to date from The Avengers.
With a terrible writing track record including box office duds like Movie 43, Scooby Doo, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed and the sub-par Super, writer/director James Gunn’s latest film proves his worth as someone who, given the resources and creative freedom, can really pull off something of this magnitude.
Another thing going for the film is the cast, Pratt is perfectly cast as the smart mouthed Peter Jason Quill AKA “Star Lord”. Zoe Saldana kicks ass as Gamora and wrestler Dave Bautista, while definitely not a looming threat on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s acting horizon, is an unexpected genius of comic timing. Then finally there’s Bradley Cooper as Rocket, a genetically modified Racoon with a McGuyver complex and Vin Diesel as tree creature Groot. While he has only one line repeated the entire film, much like R2D2, he says so much while saying so little in a brilliant voice work performance.
While much of the talent in the film shines, many are completely underutilized, such as Lee Pace as the films Big Bad, Ronan the Accuser and Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, the film does a brilliant job of setting up Josh Brolin’s Thanos, who here is barely seen, but you can’t escape the feeling we’ll be seeing him again (he will take on The Avengers in Avengers 3).
Overall, Guardians of The Galaxy may not be the Star Wars for a new generation, but as far as mixed bags go, it’s full of fun and surprises. We are getting something very different here. It’s a stark departure from the main cinematic universe, but still very much a part of it. Highly recommended for Marvel fans of all ages!
Guardians of The Galaxy is in theaters everywhere now.