This is my second Watchlist review of Guardians of the Galaxy, a film I really should have seen before now and regret not watching earlier. My beautiful sister let me borrow the DVD, and even though we have a copy in this house, I’m still considering buying myself a copy, just because. Here is my review:
In 2014, Marvel released a film about a little known comic, with an odd concept, an unlikely cast, and a talking tree. This film turned out to be one of their biggest hits, a joy ride from start to finish. Emphasis on joy.
Guardians of the Galaxy is about a group of intergalactic criminals who must work together to defeat a space warrior and stop him from destroying the universe with a mystic crystal. It’s a quirky plot for a superhero movie, but this one feels different, too. Gone are the days where heroes had to be serious and brooding – Guardians is an upbeat, hilarious romp through space, as our mismatched heroes battle Ronan for possession of one of the 6 Infinity Stones. It feels much less cliché than a regular superhero movie, with a refreshing plotline and a different formula, and feels a lot like a crazy space movie at times than anything. But all these different genres that it draws on work well together, and the resulting film is new and inspired.
Making up our Guardians we have the human Peter Quill, aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt), the green assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the genetically engineered racoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper), the human-like tree Groot (Vin Diesel), and the powerful Drax (Dave Bautista). Unlikely a group if ever you saw them. Their first few scenes together are fantastic, particularly their fight scene on Xandar and when they are in prison, and they all have such chemistry that they could possibly rival the Avengers for Marvel’s most entertaining team. A lot of this is down to Chris Pratt, who leads the team; he’s witty, compelling and utterly likeable as Quill, and this is arguably his best role. His character really embodies the general feeling of this film. Gamora’s family background spices up the team’s relationship, too, and Groot’s charm makes us fall hopelessly in love with him.
And let’s not forget the soundtrack. It’s inspired – Peter’s “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” of funky 80s music reminds us of the fact that he’s human, whilst also being probably the coolest, most fun movie soundtrack of the last few years.
Marvel has got an enormous couple of years planned, with the Avengers series coming to a head in Infinity War: Parts 1 and 2. And it looks like Guardians of the Galaxy will be a part of this – the main franchise arc of the Infinity Stones has appeared in a number of recent Marvel films, including Guardians, which means that we will be seeing a lot more of Guardians of the Galaxy. All I can say is: yes, please.
I may have only seen this film for the first time a few days ago, but I will definitely be making up for lost time by watching it a lot more in the future.
And here is my list of my 5 favourite films, and some films I’d love to see, featuring members of the Guardians of the Galaxy cast:
- Jurassic World: Chris Pratt
- Silver Linings Playbook: Bradley Cooper
- Doctor Who: Karen Gillan
- Parks and Recreation: Chris Pratt
- Valentines’ Day: Bradley Cooper