Guardians of the Galaxy was definitely hyped up and for good reason. You won’t see a better action film this year. Despite a few plot holes and awkward moments the film works quite nicely. There are some great historical references, heaps of action and a lot of awesome special effects.
I was impressed by James Gunn’s amazing ability to balance the different components into a film. Action was well balanced with some light-hearted moments. Thankfully the film never takes itself too seriously and just as well. It is after all based on comic book characters. And they are not called comic books for no reason. So enjoying a few laughs at the characters expense was nice.
As for the story, well it seems simple enough although I’d imagine die hard fans will publish endless pages on it. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is forced to pair up with Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket the Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Drax (Dave Batista) as they attempt to sell a powerful orb, all the while being hunted by the evil Ronan (Lee Pace) and his cronies. For two hours it is a back and forth battle between the two sides. Who can outsmart the other?
Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect was how believable everything was. There was a talking tree and cheeky racoon hybrid yet they seemed pretty normal. What about those futuristic cities? It became so easy to get lost in this universe, especially when “Hooked on a Feeling” started playing. Every performance was perfectly cast, from Chris Pratt right through to Vin Diesel (who only had three lines). An array of cameos were made byd some notable stars which added a nice little touch.
Trying to figure out just how the orb worked proved to be a small shortcoming in an otherwise brilliant action/adventure film. Some people got powerful from it while others seemed to disappear. A brief attempt was made to explain it but something greater was needed.
The quality of superhero movies has skyrocketed. Think about it. In the last ten years there has been Spiderman 2 The Dark Knight Trilogy, Ironman Trilogy, The Avengers and now Guardians of the Galaxy. These films do digress away from comic book films of old but are still a lot of fun to watch. And that is at the heart of our five heroes personalities. While deeply troubled and hurt in some way, each one has a likeability to a point where all we want to do is leave our seat in the cinema and join them for a trip across the galaxy.