Guardians of the Galaxy - Dir. James Gunn
Last Friday I went to see the latest Marvel outing, Guardians of the Galaxy.
Whilst I consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable on Spider-Man, X-Men and the more mainstream names I grew up with, I have to admit I’d never even heard of these guys until the film was announced to be in production.
I won’t go in to spoilerific detail but Guardians of the Galaxy has to be the feel good hit of the summer. It has everything a fun August blockbuster needs to be successful and ticks all the right boxes for kids and adults alike. It’s like a comedy version of the Avengers.
It’s ludicrous, ridiculous, over the top and doesn’t take itself seriously one bit but then what were you expecting from a film which features a talking racoon. It really is so much fun, full of in jokes, adult jokes and everything you would expect from a toned down former Troma director.
The effects are top notch and so is the production design. The architecture of the buildings and especially the space craft are beautiful, the Nova corps ships really are something else (imagine Wipeout on PS1).
Chris Pratt is immense, Star Lord (i need his jacket!) is an incredibly flawed and likable lead. His performance makes the role, I don’t think it would work half as well with anyone else.
What about the rest of the crew? Rocket Racoon and Gamora are my two favourites here. Well I’m going to run away and marry Gamora (Zoe Saldana) green or not, I don’t really mind, whilst if Rocket Racoon doesn’t go on to sell millions of merchandise I don’t know what will. He’s brash, arrogant and absolutely hilarious. Groot’s a real hoot too (sorry couldn’t resist) whilst I personally wasn’t a major fan of Drax. Dave Bautista did a good job, he was just the weakest character of the gang in my opinion.
People are already discussing the possibility of a mega team up against Thanos for the 3rd Avengers film but as awesome as a team up would be I’d be happy if series stayed separate. It’s so much fun and I’m incredibly excited about the future possibilities of this new franchise.
I can’t end this review of sorts without mentioning the soundtrack. James Gunn has made music such a large part of this film it’s almost a supporting character in itself, they really hit the nail on the head in terms of juxtaposing music.
I adored this film, it’s just so much fun filled with incredibly awesome fight scenes and great dialogue, Guardians of the Galaxy is everything a comic book movie should be, zany, cheesy, humorous and with some of the most kick ass intergalactic fight scenes out there this summer.