I had to post with my weigh-in of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. I’ll start by saying: if you haven’t already seen this gem of a film, go out and do it!
When I first saw news that this was being made into a movie (sometime last year, I think), I wasn’t overly excited. I’ve read a LOT of comics over the years and have felt a strong connection to many of their characters, but never did I have this connection to Star Lord, Gamora, Draxx, Rocket, or Groot.
I’m only mildly familiar with the characters in Guardians from their comic versions, actually, but am happy to say that I will be joining the inevitable cosmic bandwagon to read up on these unlikely heroes.
The movie itself is among my top three of 2014 so far, along with Captain America: TWS and Edge of Tomorrow. Guardians runs to a little over 2 hours in length, but not once did it slow down. In some movies, this can be a bad thing, but Guardians handled its plot with near-perfect poise. It included just enough cheese and humor, while somehow maintaining an overall sense of seriousness that NEEDS to exist when the fate of the universe is in question.
Star Lord, played by Chris Pratt, was funny and witty all while kicking serious ass – very much like the Han Solo’esque character he is meant to be. Zoe Saldana’s Gamora was likeable and different, conveying a commanding presence that makes you wonder (at first) why she needs any of the other jokers with her to succeed. Though Vin Diesel only spoke a total of 4 unique words in the entire movie, Groot was arguably the most charming of the bunch. That, by the way, is saying a lot for a CG tree-creature. Draxx was surprising; a lot of circumstantial humor arose from his complete inability to understand sarcasm or metaphor, while still channeling a flood of emotion (which David Bautista pulled off quite well). Bradley Cooper of The Hangover series’ fame filled any remaining gap in humor with Rocket – the talking raccoon was the but of many sly jokes, but dished as well as he gave.
All of these characters came together to form a team that, most importantly, made sense. After watching the first portion of the movie, I don’t think anyone would be scratching their heads, wondering why these unlikely allies would set their differences aside to work together. Credit for that goes to the writer and director, as well as the actors. I think that reviewer Daniel Kruppa said it best:
“When they inevitably embrace their identity as a team – in one of the film’s sharpest scenes – it makes total sense and feels right. These characters would fight for each other. It was impressive in The Avengers, which capitalized on the foundations laid by several movies over many years, but [director James] Gunn pulls it off in little over two hours. Bravo.”- IGN.com
It will be interesting to see this movie’s ongoing effect in Hollywood as well. Having made over $100 million over its opening weekend, Guardians proves that Marvel can be successful with a lesser-known franchise. This might prompt them to take more risks, the success of which could ripple throughout the movie-making world.
A sequel has already been approved, but until then I will be eagerly burying myself in Annihilation and Annihilation: Conquest before reading Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.
If anyone else is interested in reading some Guardians goodness, check out this handy reading order image!
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