Guardians of the Galaxy Review

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By Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)



​There are names in the film industry that brings about certain feelings, notions, and expectations. One hears George Lucas and Star Wars fanatics go nuts. You hear Steven Spielberg or Ron Howard and you assume an epic, quality film. You hear Marvel and you think of… Iron Man? Captain America? Thor? The Avengers? Success? Money? All of the above are correct when it comes to Marvel. Now we can also add Guardians of the Galaxy to the phrases that come to mind when we think of Marvel.

In 1988, a young Peter Quill (Wyatt Olef) experiences the death of his mother, leading him to run away and be abducted by “aliens.” He grows up to be an intergalactic thief and smuggler, calling himself Star Lord (Chris Pratt). After being commissioned to steal an orb, he finds out that numerous people with less than good intentions covet the orb as well. There’s the terrorist Ronan (Lee Pace), who wants it to destroy his enemies. There’s The Collector (Benecio Del Toro) who happens to collect the rarest of items, and then there’s Thanos (Josh Brolin), the most feared of warlords who wants it to use in his quest to become the master of the universe. After being arrested, Quill is thrown into an unlikely alliance with a colorful crew of characters. There’s Gamora (Zoe Saldana), an adopted daughter of Thanos, Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a man seeking revenge against Ronan, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) a genetically engineered raccoon who is out to make money, and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), a tree-like creature who is Rocket’s “muscle.” This patchwork crew may be the galaxy’s last hope to prevent Thanos from reaching his dream. But can these criminals work together or will their backgrounds and distrust destroy them from within?

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​Guardians of the Galaxy contains the type of plot that a comic book-based film can get away with. It’s the type of popcorn-eating fun that, despite plot inconsistencies and so many loose ends, makes for the epitome of a summer blockbuster. Aside from the basic plot, the script is full of fun characters, witty dialogue, and enjoyable performances. Plus the incorporation of 70’s songs adds another flavor to the film, giving it a different tone. Very much like Firefly and Serenity did by bringing a Wild West theme to a space adventure, the little things that are added into Guardians of the Galaxy makes for a very memorable experience.

​Chris Pratt is perfectly cast as Peter Quill, bringing a Han Solo / Mal Reynolds feel. It also helps that he has some great dialogue to work with, helping flesh out and enhance his character. Zoe Saldana, green skin and all, brings a hardened warrior-type to the film, conflicted about who she is while showing both great strength and frailty at the same time as the story progresses. Plus her chemistry with Pratt is just perfect. Dave Bautista’s Drax is almost like a poetic Hulk but with a dry humor due to how he takes everything literally, leading to big laughs from the audience. Bradley Cooper, voicing Rocket, is almost unrecognizable minus a few instances when you can tell it’s actually him behind that raccoon exterior. His foul mouth and brashness are exceedingly funny being that this is coming from a raccoon, but there are also levels to the character as we see during a gambling event. And Vin Diesel really doesn’t have much to do, with his only real line being “I am Groot” repeated over and over. But this phrase has different meanings as we see later on. Overall, the cast works great together, and the script provides enough character and funny lines, delivered perfectly, to make it all worthwhile.

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Guardians of the Galaxy has already been green-lit for a sequel, so obviously Marvel knew they had a winner on their hands going into this. Or maybe they just have the Midas mindset right now, thinking anything they touch will turn into financial gold. So far, that has held true. By not taking itself too seriously, Guardians of the Galaxy is able to get away with a few over the top moments that wouldn’t work in other films, much like when Hulk swung Loki around like a rag doll in The Avengers. Here, like the aforementioned film, it just works with great comedic response. Guardians of the Galaxy is a solid summer film, with plenty of action, comedy, solid performances, and drive to keep you entertained for the entirety of the film. With the success that Marvel has had with nearly every film, you almost feel bad for the upcoming DC Universe films. Sorry DC, but Marvel happens to be the Guardians of the comic book film Galaxy.


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


    One Comment

  1. netewetenAugust 6th, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Kudos on the review. Spot on!

    I really enjoyed the humor and vulnerability of each of the guardians. I habitually find a favorite amongst a group of characters like this, but couldn’t with this bunch. They are all endearing in their own way and play off each other exceptionally well.

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