To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits… Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Groot, a tree-like humanoid (voiced by Vin Diesel), the deadly and enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
The star-studded film cast also includes others such as Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, John C. Riley, Glenn Close, and Peter Serafinowicz.
So when this film was first announced back at San Diego Comic Con in 2012, I really didn’t know what to expect. I was unfamiliar with the Guardians as I’m sure a good majority of film goers were as well. But the closer it came to the release of this film, the more and more all the promotion got me hyped up. And believe me, this film lived up to every bit of hype if not exceeded it.
Marvel Studios took a big gamble on bringing on James Gunn to direct this galactic masterpiece in that his past works, while good, never measured anything of this scope or magnitude before. However that gamble paid off BIG TIME and made this 10th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe a HIT!
Story-wise, this movie is never lacking on plot. The story kicks off from the beginning and continues through every minute of the film never dropping off once. On top of that, it makes sense which is something that quite a few movies are lacking now-a-days. The dialogue is smart but not too smart for its own good. A huge plus to the script is that this film is damn funny as well. So funny in fact that it would give any comedy released this year a run for its money which is rare to see from an action blockbuster like this.
The visuals of this movie are nothing short of stunning. Every element, from the costumes and sets, to the space battles, all the way to the CGI used in creating both Rocket and Groot are so vibrant to the point where they just pop off of the screen. I’m not a huge 3D person as well, but the colors and textures of this film make it one that is easily enjoyable in the 3D format.
I’d have to say that one of my favorite things about this movie is the soundtrack. Now I have always been one who has a deep appreciation for the music of a film (as noted by my huge collection of film scores on my iPod), but what sets this film apart from others is how the great selection of music chosen for this film not only mixes well with the movement of the film, but also becomes a part of the story being told.
Last but not least… the characters. The cast of this film is nothing short of phenomenal, from the main five all the way down to the minor roles. Every character is masterfully portrayed and is great in their own way, but as I have expressed already in my time since seeing the film Rocket Raccoon steals the show. His crass and sarcasm add huge amounts to the action and humor to this film, but in that in no way takes away from the greatness of the other characters.
In the end, Guardians of the Galaxy is nothing short than an A+ film. With no tie ins to the rest of the Marvel Universe (at least not yet), the movie is easy to go into not having to worry about where the tie in will fall or how the story will connect to the previous films. It has quickly become not only my favorite movie of the summer, but also possibly my favorite of all of the Marvel movies to date. In summary, MAKE SURE YOU GO OUT AND SEE THIS MOVIE!!!
Official Review: 9.5 out of 10