Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Guardians posterI’d forgotten how funny this movie is – Avengers chronological re-watch, film #10

Stars: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista
James Gunn

Synopsis: Galactic scavenger, Peter Quill aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt), inadvertently steals a highly sought after item. Upon realising that one of the people looking for it is Ronan (Lee Paca) who has ties directly to evil overlord Thanos, Peter must team up with a strange group of criminals if they are to stop him from stealing and using the item….an infinity stone.

Opinion: I always forget how much fun this movie is to watch, not only is it one of the funniest in the series it also has the best soundtrack. With 70s & 80s tunes throughout prompting singing and potential dancing and a script filled with the most hilarious one liners and banter between the characters, it’s an absolute joy from start to finish. Not only that, it’s also the biggest introduction of the Infinity stones and the ultimate influence that Thanos has on the universe. While he only features briefly in the film, it’s enough to give the audience a taste before turning their eye to the stone and the power it possesses. Evil beings aside, let’s look at the Guardians because if this isn’t the quirkiest and hilariously fabulous group of people then I don’t know what it. They are all so different to each other with personalities that conflict and contrast but also possess the absolute best script possible to heighten every aspect of each of them. I mean, there is literally a tree who only repeats 3 words throughout the whole film and yet the way he is written to display such care and affection for those around him (flower to a small child, the glowing bugs, etc) you somehow find yourself loving and caring about him so much. And it’s the same with each of them, written so in depth and then presented with such talent and perfection by the cast it’s one of the things that makes this film so great. Besides the characters, of course, there is the action and special effects which are once again well executed and very enjoyable to watch. I especially like the use of slow motion during some of the more explosive moments causing some incredible visuals throughout.
Now before you go thinking that I’m about to give this a perfect score, I will say that even though I have raved about all of the great things in the film, it does get too silly at times and some of the story arcs within the film are a bit messy and feel really rushed and unfinished….I mean Peter was literally kidnapped from Earth by a space ship, did no one ever like worry about him? Who are the people who raised him and why do they kind of hate him? Yes, I know it leaves room for a sequel but it made for some unfinished and unsatisfying plot points. Other than that, this is just a whole lot of fun and I honestly laugh as hard each viewing as I did the first one.

Fun Facts: Only one end of credit scene this time and just a brief little Stan Lee cameo as well. The biggest fun fact though comes from my personal experience. So, when I first saw this movie, I guess I wasn’t really invested in the whole Avengers overall story arc yet, or I hadn’t been paying close enough attention, to the point I didn’t realise this film was actually part of the series until……YEARS later. Like when the sequel came out I re-watched the first and was all oh hey its Thanos, and an infinity stone and ohhhhhhh I’m an idiot. It does make for a fun story though.


guardians 1 rating

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