Guardians of the Galaxy: Review

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4 STARS

 

OK let me start off by saying there is absolutely no need to worry if you are unfamiliar with Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”, you will fall madly in love with the characters before the movie is over, this I promise you.  I wasn’t too familiar with the characters or the comic book series either however I will tell you that Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the best Marvel Comics based movie I have ever seen period!

Writer and director James Gunn penned a great story introducing these literally colorful and wonderful semi complex characters.  Mr. Gunn also happens to please the Fan-Boys making them proud with the fact that one of there own managed to do a comic book movie right which also happens to extremely entertaining, that’s always a plus don’t you think.   I mean what’s not to love with great characters like Rocket a sarcastic and tech savvy talking raccoon (Voiced by Bradley Cooper) and his sidekick Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel) a talking tree that only has three words in his vocabulary “I am Groot” but also has a huge heart and the ability to surprise his team when they least expect it.  Next we have Gamora (Zoe Saldana) a lethal assassin raised by Thanos (Future Villain/Marvel Phase 3) with major daddy issues and Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista) a grief-stricken warrior who is out for blood after losing his family.  Finally we have Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) their charismatic leader a wise cracking thief with an amazing taste for music and an ok dancer…

One of the things I love most about the movie is the music.  Peter Quill who was abducted as a child wearing of all things a Walkman.  This Walkman had a mix tape recorded by his mother which has a great list of music from the 1970’s.  I just love how James Gunn was able to write the songs in to the story.  In fact I haven’t seen a great playlist of music enhance the visuals in story telling since the likes of Forest Gump and that is saying a lot.  Right from the opening sequence in which we see Peter dancing and strutting to “Come and Get Your Love” Performed by Redbone in sync with the movie credits.  Now I know he is no Fred Astaire but I can tell you it sure is fun to watch Peter jam to the music.  You will even catch yourself dancing in your seat.  We see characters bonding during “I’m Not in Love” by 10cc.  You even have a nice scene which uses “Moonage Daydream” by David Bowie on the way to meet a very weird and psychedelic being known as The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) with of all things has a collection of relics from around the universe. (Note if you like “easter eggs” please, please pay very close attention to the collection for a treat).  It’s great to see music round off a story considering the movie is not a musical.

I’m sure the selling point for most who watch the film is the word of mouth on how Rocket Raccoon and Drax the Destroyer steal the show with great one liners.  Before doing so please do not dismiss Michael Rooker as Yondu (Peter Quill’s surrogate father).  I believe his take on the character is what I love the most about the film.  Just to see Yondu who is a Kree, forget that the Kree are blue, it’s his Cowboy with Southern accent and flavor which really brings this character to life.  Yondu has away about himself from the way he chews his tobacco to his bobble head collection.  However the best thing about Yondu is his weapon.  It’s a golden arrow holstered to his hip the way a Texas outlaw wears a gun.  Arrow? You ask.  Yes an arrow that is psychically controlled as Yondu whistles a sweet melody.  It’s a very cool thing to see in action.
Now if that is not enough to go watch.  Then go watch Guardians of the Galaxy because it’s the best movie of the summer.  Its filled with action, comedy, fantasy and suspense.  Trust me when I say you won’t be disappointed plus your family will thank you for saving them from boredom and forever be their hero.
 
Directed By: 
James Gunn
Written by: 
James Gunn & Nicole Perlman
Based on the Comic Book By:
Andy Lanning & Dan Abnett
Cast: Chris Pratt (Peter Quill) Zoe Saldana (Gamora) Dave Bautista (Drax) Vin Diesel (voice of Groot) Bradley Cooper (voice of Rocket) Lee Pace (Ronan) Michael Rooker, (Yondu) Karen Gillan (Nebula) Djimon Hounsou (Korath) John C. Reilly (Corpsman Rhomann Dey) Glenn Close (Nova Prime) and Benicio Del Toro (the Collector)
 
 

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