Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel
Director: James Gunn
Synopsis: Twenty six years after Peter Quill is abducted from Earth by a group of alien smugglers, he steals an orb from the planet Moran, unaware that it is being sought after by Ronan, a radical militant of the Kree empire. Ronan sends an assassin named Gamora to retrieve the orb from Quill. On Xandar, Quill tries to sell the orb to a merchant, but is attacked by Gamora. A scuffle breaks out, resulting in bounty hunters Groot and Rocket Raccoon getting involved in order to take the orb themselves. The fight comes to a haunt when the galactic law enforcement known as the Nova Corps capture the four and take them to prison. In the prison, Gamora is attacked by Drax the Destroyer, seeking revenge for the death of his wife and daughter by the hands of her associate, Ronan, until Gamora reveals that she has plans of her own to betray Ronan. The scuffle is short lived, as Quill brings the group to the realization that they all have a common enemy in Ronan. The group of misfits band together in order to sell the orb and help Drax take down Ronan once they escape the galactic prison. Once they escape, their journey truly begins as they seek money, revenge, and the truth regarding the mysterious orb that Quill stole. Thus the Guardians of the Galaxy are formed.
Review: Guardians of the Galaxy is a fantastic sci-fi movie that does just about everything right. It’s a nice twist on the superhero movie genre because while their actions ultimately are heroic, the group is formed by criminals and their intentions were originally selfish in nature. Watching a group of misfits go from getting arrested and breaking out of prison together to saving the galaxy is a refreshing pleasure to watch. The characters are likeable and the cast as a total does an incredible job. The action scenes are great, with great fight choreography for Gamora and Groot specifically, and each of the Guardians has their own fighting style and own niche that they bring to the table in order to help the group prosper. But what truly stands out is the comedy throughout, in what is easily one of the funniest films the Marvel Cinematic Universe has to offer. There are running gags in the movie that each character specializes in, from Rocket’s desire to steal body parts to Drax’s constant misunderstanding of simple English terms. The film also has an amazing soundtrack, provided mostly by Peter Quill’s walkman given to him by his mother, that boasts classic Earth songs ranging from the Jackson 5 and Elvin Bishop to David Bowie and Redbone. The soundtrack as a whole captures the overall vibe of the movie to near perfection. All in all, the movie excels in most, if not all areas.
Favorite Scene: When the Guardians are brought to the prison, they are told by Rocket that he had already broken out of multiple prisons before that one. This becomes easy to believe during the breakout scene, as he hatches a plan of escape that ends up working despite a few minor setbacks. The reason this scene is my favorite is the creative and genius way that Rocket breaks the group out, by turning off the gravity throughout the prison except in their pod.
Recommendation: This movie is a fun, highly entertaining movie for people of all ages. It’s not too much of a superhero movie for those who aren’t as interested, but still emulates the themes and traits of a Marvel movie. This entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe proved that when it comes to cosmic sci-fi films, the MCU truly shines. I’ll never forget the feeling I had of walking into the theater expecting a decent Marvel movie and walking out of the theater completely blown away. If you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy, I recommend it very highly. It’s not a movie that you’d wanna miss out on.
Written By: Brandon Gayle – Thank You!!