Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

GuardiansoftheGalaxy1I admit that when saw the first trailer for this, I didn’t think I would like it because it seemed a little too weird for my taste. I became more interested, however, once I watched the other trailers and especially after I saw interviews with the kick-ass cast. This is the most unique comic book movie to be released from Marvel yet. It also turned out to be one of the best, which is saying a lot, considering Marvel’s track record.

Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill, also known as (by pretty much only himself) Star-Lord, an outlaw who was sucked into space as a young child. After stealing a mysterious orb, he becomes a wanted man by a villain called Ronan the Accuser. In order to defeat Ronan and his comrades and protect the galaxy from his wrath, Quill forms a team of fellow outlaws which includes green alien Gemora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket the genetically engineered raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and tree-like creature Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). The misfits clash at first, but they then join forces to form the Guardians of the Galaxy.

GuardiansoftheGalaxy2Everyone is perfectly cast, especially Chris Pratt. The dude is awesome and hilarious. Bradley Cooper was also excellent with his voice role for the animated Rocket the Raccoon. The fact that it didn’t even sound like him says a lot about his talent. Overall, this flick is funnier than a typical comic book movie, even by Marvel’s standards, without being straight up comedy.

Inevitable comparisons to The Avengers have been made because it’s a recent team-oriented superhero movie. I found Guardians to be slightly more entertaining because it’s funnier and unconventional, and the chemistry between the quirky characters is even more prevalent. It’s also about heroes that have never been on screen before, so that’s always refreshing. The CGI is mind blowing. What was particularly impressive was how Rocket and Groot never looked out of place amongst the human actors (with the exception of the fact that they’re a raccoon and a tree). There were a lot of characters featured, particularly villains, so at times, it felt like there was a little bit too much going on. However, it didn’t cause the movie to turn into a complete mess, a la Spider-man 3.

GuardiansoftheGalaxy3Guardians of the Galaxy debuted at number one at the American box office, and after falling to second place for two weeks behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it reclaimed the top spot for three weeks in a row, bringing its total to four weeks at number one. The feat of spending nonconsecutive weeks in first place is almost unheard of nowadays.  It is currently the highest grossing domestic movie of the year, and it definitely deserves to be (although I must admit that its competition hasn’t been too intense). It’s still in theaters and it probably will be for at least a couple more weeks, so if you’re one of the 12 or so people who haven’t seen it yet, you might as well swing by your local cinema now. It’s sick to experience on the big screen, even in plain old 2D.

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