Guardians of the Galaxy Review
Guardians of the Galaxy is yet another perfect example of why Marvel studios is now the industry standard for quality action movie.
While GOTG still played a bit too heavily into the fantasy realm, and had some silly designs that will likely alienate some audiences, it delivered a fun, comedic, fast-paced action movie.
While DC continues to give us dark, gritty, and gut wrenching films, Marvel has always been far more tongue-in-cheek. Able to make jokes at their own expense, and play off the fact that they are-at the core, pretty ridiculous.
Guardians of the Galaxy did just that. Exept better than any Marvel film has thus far.
With a completely brilliant cast bringing personality to even the least memorable characters in the film, GOTG has lots of heart, humor, and fun.
The weakest aspect to this film I feel is the villain, Ronan the Accuser. His tired and worn out “vengeance is mine” drive bores. Fortunately his character doesn’t have enough screen time to make that really matter. I suppose he is alright in his fight scenes, but mostly is relegated to a role that could have been done by any robot or even WWE wrestler. (Hell, I’ve seen the movie twice and I still don’t even care know who played Ronan.)
Back in 2011 when Thor was released and blew the minds of audiences across the world by making one of the most bland and uninteresting characters in comic-dom into a blockbusting superstar, Marvel proved they were going the right directioin. When Phase 2 was announced, and Guardians of the Galaxy was said to be in production, there was a lot of concern as to how they would fit something so ridiculous, not to mention so very distant from Earth into the MCU without absolutely destroying it, (I mean come on, it’s starring a talking raccoon.) - or at the very least creating a film or series of films that stood out from the rest as being far more ridiculous, or far campier.
While Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely the most humorously driven, and campy of all the MCU movies, I am happy to report that it fits perfectly into the feel, and pacing of the rest of the world. Its events matter, but not to earth. Yet.
Dave Bautista caught my attention with his badass mercenary character in last year’s Riddick, and absolutely delivers as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians. I’m excited to see where his career goes, as he takes the path laid out by others like John Cena, Steve Austin, and especially Dwayne Johnson. Not all wrestlers can act. Not all actors can wrestle. I’m glad a few people can do both.
It’s a testiment to the technology of the day that one of the leading characters in an action film can be a fully animated raccoon- and another can be a tree. Both Rocket and Groot looked fantastic, and each actually managed to carry many of the visual traits of their voice actors, (Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, respectively) in facial expressions and personality.
I’m excited to see more of Groot and Rocket in the fututure, and that’s a complete one-eighty from a year ago when I was convinced this film would be a travesty to the MCU and praying it would never see the light of day.
The music in this film was fantastic. Mostly taken from Star Lord’s personal collection of Earth’s hits in the 1970’s and early 80’s, it added just the right level of attachment to the familiar, and kept tensions light. (Also the dancing in this movie is just……just perfect.)
While not being everyone’s cup of tea, Guardians of the Galaxy is fun, smart, and pretty, and is definitely another solid brick in the wall of success the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become.
(cue DC jumping up and down in the shadow screaming “I’m still relevant!!”)
Oh, and one last thing-
As for Chris Pratt…
Get ready. That man is just getting started.