Ever since the first Iron Man was released by Marvel Studios, their films have tried to be as grounded as possible with somewhat believable technology and story lines that aren’t too outlandish–Thor excluded. But Guardians of the Galaxy is easily one of Marvel’s most out-there and riskiest ventures to date. The film is based on relatively unknown characters from the Marvel universe and it has the tremendous task of bringing the Cinematic Universe into the Cosmic era, which is needed to use the Infinity Gauntlet story line. With so much to contend with this summer and so much riding on the success of the film, Marvel was taking a huge risk with this film, but it was a huge pay off. Guardians is up there with some of the very best Marvel films including Iron Man and The Avengers. It’s not only one of Marvel’s best, but it is also a true blockbuster with it being fast paced, action packed and funny. It is actually the funniest film that I have seen all summer.
When the film started I will admit that there were so many different planets and societies and races being thrown around that it took me a little bit to get my head around it. But I honestly appreciate it instead of it taking half the film just trying to explain itself. It just assumes that you’re actually paying attention, cause if you are you can easily find out who the Nova Corps is and about the war going on. While the film is meant to bring us into the cosmic universe for the Cinematic Universe, that doesn’t mean that, that is what the film solely focuses on. Quite the opposite actually, Guardians uses its plot to tell its own story around the orb and the bringing together of this group instead of just universe building.
The best part about this film are the performances from the entire cast. Casting Chris Pratt as Star-Lord was as perfect of a casting as Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. Pratt really felt comfortable in the role of a cocky-but-heroic guy who is great at giving inspirational speeches and crass one-liners. He has crafted the role as his own and it is hard to think of anyone else playing Star-Lord. Zoe Saldana as Gamora was also great. She is perfect as the bad-ass assassin who is determined and can see right through some of Quill’s BS.
My favorite characters in the film had to be Rocket and Groot. Bradley Cooper pulls out all the stops in his voice acting as the sarcastic Racoon with a skill for blowing things up. His partner in crime Groot may not have been the most extensive voice role for Vin Diesel, he still does a fantastic job with the motion capture and the character itself provides a lot of warmth to the film and he really is a character that you care about. The most surprising performance came from Dave Bautista as Drax. We didn’t get to see much of him in the trailers but he has some amazing lines with the fact that he is a bit too literal with everything. It was great to see that Dave Bautista can branch out into acting with some amazing timing with his deliverance of the too-literal Drax.
I also must mention that the soundtrack for Guardians was fantastic. The fun tracks added to the overall feel of the film, making it even more cheeky. This film really proved that Marvel isn’t afraid of taking some chances with their films cause its obvious thatGuardians isn’t the kind of film that Marvel fans have been used to.
All in all, whether its an 80s rock song, a dance off, or even the idea of a talking raccoon, Guardians of the Galaxy proves to be different from other Marvel films and it works. It is great that Marvel gave Gunn so much freedom to use his unique tone in the film.Guardians of the Galaxy knows it is the black sheep of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that really gives it a swagger. The fact that it’s so out-there really enhances the film and is actually more a comedy rather than an action film. It is a fun ride from beginning to end; isn’t that why we go to the movies in the first place?