With Marvel shooting out movies left and right, it’s difficult to determine which of these action-packed movies will pass the bill and which of them fall short of being remarkable. With the newest addition “Guardians Of The Galaxy” it’s clear that this film is one of the entries that soars, infact, it might be the best entry to date.
The movie starts with an emotional scene of a young boy named Peter Quill watching as his mother takes her final breaths after a fight with cancer. The scene is heart-wrenching, beautiful and sets a melancholy tone. Years later, Peter Quill has become a well-known bandit of the galaxy known as “Star-Lord” who is impressively portrayed by comedy actor Chris Pratt. Pratt brings a sort-of glee and charm to the character that fans of the comic book (Myself included) will adore.
After the comedic tone is set for the film, it’s all uphill from there. Quill meets a lovable group of misfits and bands together with them in order to stop the evil tyraids of the unstoppable inter-galactic dictator, Ronan. The team includes Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper), an experiment to create a racoon like creature with human emotion; Groot (Vin Diesel), Rocket’s tree-like body guard who can say nothing but his own name; Gamora (Zoe Saldana), an assassin and a daughter of evil dictator Thanos and Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a murderous criminal seeking vengeance.
The characters all have hilarious chemistry that keeps the characters fresh and the movie’s plot running smoothly. Each portrayal is spot-on and well acted with the unfortunate exception of Dave Bautista. The character of Ronan however did experience some emasculation. The villain seems quite broading and intense until the secondary villain Thanos is introduced, and from there on in, Ronan kind of seems like a pussy.
The action scenes were not only well executed, but had an excellent balance as well. Some of the action scenes were gun fights, others were close quarters combat, there was some Star Wars-esque flying scenes with lasers blasting all over the screen and of course, there was not shortage of breath-taking explosions.
I would also like to specifically state how incredible of a job Chris Pratt did. He was not only funny, but also gripping and motivated. Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper were also quite enjoyable as the side characters and their performances matched the characters quite well.
Another notable part of the film was the awesome soundtrack. While the movie was aimed mostly as kid’s and young adults, the soundtrack reflected back to the late 1970s and early 1980s with songs like “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5 and “Hooked On A Feeling” by Blue Swede. Quite enjoyable.
There’s really not a whole lot of negative you can say about this movie, but there were a couple of things that bothered me. John C. Reilly appears in the film as a government agent for Xander and his character seems quite forced. Like “Hey look at who we got to place this random guy, now look at his kids and stuff” kind of forced. Glenn Close also makes a somewhat forced appearence as Nova Prime and has very few lines.
Another gripe is the presence of Vin Diesel. Although Diesel did well with his one line, it’s one of those you-could-have-gotten-anyone type situations. The character also sounds and even acts incredibly similar to “The Iron Giant” also voiced by Vin Diesel.
Although the movie had a couple of problems, overall it was the best movie of the summer. It set out to do two things: Make us laugh and let us have some fun. No movie has been this much fun in years and every one of the main cast of characters was enchanting and heart-warming. If you’re gonna see one movie this year, make it this one.
OVERALL RATING : 9.5/10