After a slight delay and having seen it twice in a week, I’m happy to now be able to bring you lovelies my personal take on Marvels newest movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. When Guardians of the Galaxy was first confirmed, I’ll admit I was a bit incredulous. Why? They’re like D, E-list level Marvel heroes, nobody has heard of them and they’re, by comic book standards, very weird. In a marvel universe where until now, they’d seemed quite adamant in grounding the heroes and their powers in reality (even Asgard and the Gods were very technology based), how could a movie about a misfit gang of space criminals, including a giant tree and a talking raccoon possibly succeed? Then I saw the trailer and I knew exactly how it could not only succeed but rival the other high hitting marvel films. By having fun with its premise.
Beginning the second phase of Marvels movie initiative, Guardians of the Galaxy wastes little time catapulting you into outer space and beyond. Where other marvel films go out of their way to establish their universes and fill you in on who, what, why, where, in GoTG, we are simply told just enough that we need to know. One section of the film takes place in the disembodied head of a long dead celestial being which has become a mining town and that’s all the back-story we’re told. The film is far more interested in progressing its story. Providing answers to fans of the Avengers movie who stayed for the after credits scene but perhaps weren’t up on their comic lore, the film is refreshing in that it will introduce its characters, give you a small bio of each character then immediately move on with the story. Centring around several factions fighting over the aforementioned relic, we have Peter Quill (or Star Lord as he’d much rather be addressed) leading a band of misfits including Gamora, the daughter of Thanos (a BIG bad in the marvel comic universe), Drax the Destroyer, A man whose family were killed and as such is out for vengeance, Groot, a giant tree creature and Rocket Raccoon, a foul mouthed, trigger happy, genetically engineered Raccoon. Half his team wants him dead, the other half want to hand him in to cash in on a bounty, the team has to work to stop a maniacal religious zealot from acquiring the relic and using it for genocide.
The film thankfully knows it has to win its audience over to the idea that they should care about this band of strange characters and it piles on the charm to do so. Each character is excellent and even Drax, whose character on the surface is quite generic, ‘man loses family, is angry about it’ but by making it so that his species takes everything literally, it allows for some fantastic comedic moments and misunderstandings. Whereas with the Avengers, Iron Man stole the show in every scene he was in, with the Guardians, its Rocket and Groot that steal the thunder every time they’re on screen. I actually stopped watching trailers past the first one because I was adamant I’d experience the film without knowing everything beforehand because I was excited for the film, not because I knew the characters but because it looked FUN. In a world of gritty, dark, depressing superhero movies, its nice to see one go in totally the opposite direction by making it wild, colourful and fun.
With an incredible supporting cast including Glenn Close, Peter Serafinowicz, John C. Reilly, Benicio Del Toro and Michael Rooker to name but a few, the film will surely win you over. With a fantastic soundtrack of 80’s and 70’s soul and rock, it plays a big part in making scenes more powerful or more humorous. This is a marvel film where for once, it doesn’t matter too much if you know the back-story of its characters as there are less nods to the comics and more emphasis on making the movie the version you relate to more. It’s a great jumping on film but a great film in its own rights, while the end credits promise they will return, it doesn’t ruin its premise by teasing for a sequel, despite the fact one can easily EASILY be written (and given its box office success, more and more likely).
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