Guardians Of The Galaxy
Marvel are undoubtedly winning the battle for bringing comics to live on the big screen. Thor, Iron Man and the Avengers are all great examples of some damn fine entertainment. And with each outing we are shown snippets of a much larger Marvel inspired Universe. Well strap yourself in, Guardian of the Galaxy is one fine roller coaster ride through that inspiration.
Abducted as a young boy from Earth, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a lone pilot and treasure hunter with more than a few people interested in “catching up” with him. After discovering a small orb the attention towards him reaches fever pitch as he tries hard to make a quick buck and move on. Along the way he is caught and imprisoned with a few bounty hunters Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel) and Rocket (Voiced by Bradley Cooper). With his new found, begrudging, friends Quill leads them on a fast paced adventure through the Marvel Universe in the search for the truth behind the orbs awesome and much sought after power.
While Guardians of the Galaxy has a familiar movie story line feel, the execution is nothing short of sublime. There is a real swagger, and deservedly so, in this film. Right from the studio logo’s through till post credits (Yes stay till the very very end people, its a Marvel Film after all) the clever humor and delivery really brings a smile to my face. Its just so damned entertaining. It brings elements of a Marvel Inspired Fantastical world and smashes them up with the quirky 90’s mix tape wielding of an alien abducted american boy. The outcome : One sublime roller coaster of a movie.
So what makes this so good? Firstly the characters work so well. There is the trademark swagger of Peter Quill (or Star Lord as he wants people to call him), the literal and IQ lacking Drax, the stunning and deadly Gomora and the unusual pairing of Rocket and Groot. The actors who play and voice these guys do a fantastic job too. Dont worry there are bad guys a plenty, and they bring their own specific brands of humor and evilness to build the tension.
Secondly the Marvel Universe looks rich, diverse and exciting. And to match this the film makers have not skimped on bringing this to the screen.
With all honesty this reviewer has not enjoyed a film this much for a very very long time. While i will be shot by many friends and other reviewers at the Filmguide, i will make this call: The Guardians of the Galaxy is my Film of the Year.