Review – Guardians of the Galaxy

Posted: May 11, 2015 in Film, Sci-Fi
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My wife wanted to watch a comedy. I voted for gritty, post-apocalyptic sci-fi. We ended up watching the wham-bam-tongue in cheek- awesomeness that is Guardians of the Galaxy. It had the soundtrack, the brilliantly casted characters, amazing effects and a pumping storyline. Plus, it made my wife cry over the opening scene…in essence, it had it all.

Another Marvel comic adaptation, this movie was a whole lot of fun. Directed by James Gunn and featuring the talents of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Guardians of the Galaxy revolves around Peter Quill (Pratt) and his attempts to sell a powerful artefact that he acquired on a savaging hunt on a desolate, destroyed planet. However, not only are his old interstellar, piratical shipmates after a piece the action, a slightly worrying demi-god-esque being called Ronan is also after the orb. Sending the deranged Korath (played brilliantly by Lee Pace) after the object, an ambush is set by one of his underlings, Gamora (Saldana). The ensuing melee attracts the attention of two bounty hunters, Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and his sentient tree bodyguard, Groot.

All four end up in a prison called the Kyln where they meet the charismatic Drax under less than polite circumstances. However, the five of them form an uneasy alliance to escape the prison, re acquire the orb, sell it and make lots of money. Unfortunately, the object in question is tantamount to a pocket sized apocalypse making machine and Korath is eager to put it to the test and lay waste to billions of innocent lives. It’s a classic morally grey bunch of misfits versus completely bonkers, fanatical villians.

The adventure that takes place brings the gang together in epic style. Battling against all the odds, they manage to save the day and learn a lot about each other and themselves on the way. Yet, it is the way the story is told that makes this such a fantastic Marvel movie. The interaction between the characters and the ability to find the humour was priceless. Both Bradley as Rocket and Dave Bautista as Drax stole the show for me, putting in great performances. And then there is Groot and his nuanced one-liner.

Though nothing prepared me for the dance off distraction given by Pratt.

A fantastic film full of top notch acting and fuelled by a superb script. Quality viewing should you need some high energy, action adventure fun amongst the stars.

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