Guardians of the Galaxy are finally upon us after months of anticipation and painful waiting. So the question now is, was it worth all the hype and wait? The answer is a resounding “OH YEAH!!” and I mean that in exactly the same way as the Kool-aid man used to, and I may or may not have burst through the wall of my office when I said it. So why are we so excited about this film? Let’s break it down.
For those of you not familiar with this movie, it is basically about a pack of mercenaries that have to come together to save the galaxy from the forces of evil waiting to destroy it. This is done through the galactic act of playing “keep-away” with a special orb that contains a stone that will give whoever possesses it the power to destroy an entire planet in a single blow. Not the most original plot, but they are called the Guardians of The Galaxy, what else were they suppose to do? Despite the fact that this is a story we have heard before the thing that really makes the movie work is the excellent casting for each of the main characters. Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, whose charm and humor really brings this group together. I wouldn’t really say he is the brains of the operation, but he knows enough to keep the group together and alive and keep the film moving at an awesome pace. Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, the only female member of the group, who is as bad-ass as they come. David Bautista plays Drax, a muscled-up convict who joins the group to enact his revenge on the people who murder his family. He is a guy who doesn’t understand sarcasm, which in this group, makes him unintentionally hilarious. And of course we save the most entertaining two for last, and that is Rocket and Groot. Rocket the Racoon, who is voiced by Bradley Cooper, is a former lab experiment, with a bad attitude and Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel is his friend and muscle. These two practically steal the show every time they are on the screen. Groot, who is a walking talking tree, can only say three things “I AM GROOT” shows more expression than some actors in other movies with full dialog. Rocket, I can’t say enough awesome things about Rocket. At this point, I would sit through a whole movie just about Rocket, because his character his smart, hilarious, and adorable.
This movie carries with it the perfect amount of action we see in other Marvel movies, and bring even more comedy to the screen that we are used to seeing, but it works. Seeing the cross-over characters like The Collector (Benicio del Toro) and Thanos (Josh Brolin Uncredited) just make me that much more pumped up for when all the Avengers/Guardians worlds collide. We all know how much fun Avengers was, and just the idea of seeing the merging of these two worlds’ makes me beyond happy. When you get past all the explosions and action, the movie does carry with it a lot of heart and it is pretty great seeing each of these lost souls come together to create their own form of family and friendship. Not going to lie, I even got a little teary at one point in the film. When a drunken raccoon’s speech can tug at your heart strings, you know you have something here.
The effects in the film are pretty killer as well. It is one of the few films that I was actually excited to see in 3-D, because it is made for it. The CGI on Rocket, Groot, and all the other creatures you will meet look fantastic. The world the production team as built both with the ships, planets, and in space is incredible.
Overall, I have to give this movie a solid A+. It is not a perfect movie, it is over the top and possesses flaws, but you will be having way to much fun to even notice them. I could easily see myself seeing this one in the theater again and again. Kids are going to go nuts for it and grown-ups are going to love it. You are going to want to of course stay through the credits for two bonus scenes, one mid-credits that is hilarious and one post credits scene that will have children of the 80’s saying “OMG!!!” This movie is the true meaning of summer blockbuster and you will not want to miss it.