Sometimes, the fate of our very existance lies upon the best that we have to offer: The brave, the righteous, the most genius of us all. Sometimes, the fate of our very existance lies upon those who are available on that particular Thursday. In Guardians of the Galaxy, a very awkward group of individuals put aside their differences to form an alliance and fight Ronan the Accuser, a Kree warlord who is bent on the destruction of the planet Xandar and a threat to the whole of civilization.
Life of the Party
I have said in a few other articles and podcasts that the new crop of Marvels movies (whether it's Marvel or Fox that produces it) are really not meant for the very comic savvy. The stories and characters are meant to stand independently and only use the comics as a guideline. That being said, I really love what Marvel did with this movie. They took a less popular comic brand, and made a powerhouse of a movie out of it.
"this tactic,,, has not always worked out"
The premise of the movie is fairly simple: A treaty has been signed been the Planet Xandar and the Kree race to end a lifetime of war. This does not sit well with Ronan The Accuser (Lee Pace), a powerful and zealous Kree who holds the Xandarians as his mortal enemies. With this in mind, Ronan strikes up a deal with the titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) to destroy Xandar if a relic of importance is retrieved and given to Thanos. Well wouldnt you know it? That orb is actually the housing for an Infinity Gem; an object of great power that only the strongest of beings can hold without being destroyed. We have seen Infinity Gems in other Marvel movies thus far in the form of the Tesseract and the Aether. Omnipotence, omniscience, and god-like powers are bestowed on he who collects them all.
"Not even a Master Ball would work on this guy"
Once the full gravity of the situation is understood by Ronan and the protagonists, shit gets completely real as Ronan sees his chance to be the head bad-ass of the galaxy. With an Infinity Gem in hand, Ronan absorbs its power and grafts it onto his warhammer, making it capable of destroying all living matter on a planet simply by touching it. You can see where that could possibly lead him.
The Guardians of the Galaxy are made up of 5 individuals whom probably should never have been put together in the first place. Starting at bat we have Peter Quill aka Star-Lord who is the main protagonist of the movie. Played by Chris Pratt, Star-Lord is an outlaw human who was abducted as a child by Yondu a Ravager outlaw/mercenary. This happens mere moments after his mother dies of, what looks to be, cancer. I won't lie, the opening scene kind of choked me up, I thought it was well done. Star-Lord is not superhuman despite a questionable, possibly alien, lineage. Instead, he is a street savvy scoundrel with a knowledge of alien technology, fighting techniques, and strategy. In the movie, he is equiped with two element-pistols (guns capable of firing different elemental shots), ankle jets, and a respirator/sensor mask. Peter Quill is a smart ass, and shows off this amazing quality throughout the entire movie: trading jabs with everyone he meets even when he is in extreme danger.
I like to imagine that I would make a good Star-Lord
The rest of the team is rounded out by Gamora (Zoe Saldana) the adopted daughter of Thanos and Assassin for Ronan the Accuser, Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) a genetically/mechanically engineered rodent hellbent on firepower, Groot is Groot by his own admission (Vin Diesel), and Drax the Destroyer (as himself..... also Dave Bautista). who's family was murdered by Ronan.
The group bands together during a plot to escape prison after getting themselves all caught up trying to either steal the infinity gem or collect a bounty placed on Star-Lords head. Each character is truly an individual, even moreso than the members of the Avengers, but are forced to work together for the sake of millions of Xandarian lives. Unlike The Avengers, who each got their own movie to give them substance and backstory, we are introduced to all five pretty much at once. None of these characters could really pull off an individual movie but each has a rich backstory that needs exploring to really get behind them. All in all, I thought Marvel did a surperb job at providing the viewer enough story for each character to help us feel for them and their individual situations. Could there have been more? Certainly! And they could have utilized more of the source material to do it, but they didn't for the sake of time and they did a good job in the process. Not to mention that it leaves some things to investigate in further movies.
As I have stated before, Marvel has done an AMAZING job of casting for their intellectual Property, and Guardians of the Galaxy is no different. Each character is matched with a performer who really channels the proper feeling and emotion of that character. I will say that Guardians of the Galaxy is the best acting I have EVER seen from Vin Diesel!
I've seen this movie, and I deserved this joke
Seriously though, the acting is great and the supporting cast gives the whole thing a real depth that is desperately needed in a universe like this. I mean that in the sense that Marvel is creating a huge, dynamic, universe that spans all of their films, and it needs more than just the BIG NAMES to make it feel alive. Glenn Close plays the leader of Xandar, Nova Prime, while John C. Reilly plays Corpsman Dey her military liason. Both have just enough screen time to let themselves shine, but not too much as to take away from the main characters.
On the bad-guy end of the scale, we have Benicio Del Toro reprising his role as the Collector, Michael Rooker playing the aforementioned Yondu, Djimon Hounsou playing Ronans right hand man Korath, and of course Karen Gillan as Nebula, ANOTHER daughter/assassin of Thanos.
I'll round out my list of good stuff with the graphics. I think there were amazing. The CGI isn't flawless by any means, but it lives up to every other blockbuster cgi movie and blows a few things out of the water. Specifically, Rocket Raccoon is just breathtaking. The way they were able to convey emotion on a not-humanoid character was extrordinary. The fight scenes are intense and fast without succumbing to problems that plagued other cgi fights like in Transformers. You get a real sense of things without being overwhelmed. I think that damn near everything about this film was fantastic.
My god, the graphics are so lifelike.
As much as I loved this film, not everyone is going to find it their cup of tea. The biggest complaint I think people are going to have is how wildly different it is from it's own source material. Character origins have changed, abilities have changed a bit, character interactions are different: ALOT IS FUCKING DIFFERENT. But I really hope that you can look past that and enjoy the film for what it is and does.
Quick little rant here, and I'm sure I have had it before: I have had numerous conversations with comic afficianados, as well as people whose only interaction with comic book lore is through these movies. I can see and understand the stance that both sides make but in the end we ALL win. There are some major comicbook movie failures
WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? GIVE ME HIS NAME!
But there are quite a few more (especially over the last 5 years) that are fantastic. This works in a circle, folks. These movies are bringing our beloved characters into the limelight. People then want to know more about them and go out of their way to learn. They google names and references they don't understand, they watch the other films they weren't as big into, and THEY GO BUY COMIC BOOKS. The comic book trend is growing again, and the more it grows, the more we are going to see new kinds of adaptations be made. Some of these will flop, but most will do justice to the source and continue the growth of these franchises. So yeah, everyone is going to win as long
as quality movies are made, and new comics are continuing to be produced.
This is an action flick with great dialogue and some hilarious scenes.
"Googoo gaga" Translation: I am Groot.
I saw this movie on date night and had a fanastic time. Watch it with a group of people and have some laughs. It doesn't take itself too seriously and neither should you. I think Guardians will go down as one of the better Marvel flicks and has hopefully given this franchise some much needed steam. In terms of super hero movies it ranks up there with Captain America: The Winter Soldier this year and definitely outshines The Amazing Spiderman 2 This movie is all about fun and excels in delivering it. Download the soundtrack too, and groove to your hearts content.
Pros and cons
+The characters and their interactions are priceless
+Thems graphics.. wow thems graphics
+Chris Pratt is basically Star Lord in real life
-source material isn't followed closely
-you miss a few things if you don't follow the Marvel universe/movies
THE DRINKING GAME!!!!
Drink everytime you sing along to the sound track
Drink Everytime you hear "I am Groot"
Drink Everytime Drax doesn't understand Metaphor
Drink Everytime someone messes us "Star Lord"