I would love to say I’m a comic fan to get approval from the Marvel fan boys for this one but nope, I’m not. I’m also not going to pretend that I actually sat to read through dozens of comic books my brother stacked up in his room .
All I did growing up was glance through a few taking note of the ones that happened to remain relevant through consistent appearance on the TV screen.
Guardians of the Galaxy, being the tenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is a beautiful, well scripted movie that is a relief from a lot of the superhero comic clichés we’ve been faced with in the past years. I’m in support of Dan Abnett, co-writer of the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy re-launch who said.…
“I think anybody… who would have said that this would make a great main movie would have been laughed off. It’s such an unlikely thing to do. So I think it’s lovely to work on something and expose its potential to the point where a company like Marvel will say, ‘Yes, this makes sense.'”
This movie has also helped re-shape my thinking about movie trailers, as I under-estimated this movie big time based on the trailer.
Guardians of the Galaxy was directed by James Gunn, produced by Kevin Feige with screenplay by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman. It also had a good ensemble cast consisting of Chris Pratt as Peter Quill (did you notice that Chris is not that chubby, fat-faced guy anymore), Zoe Saldana as Gamora (she must have a thing for being painted), Bradley Cooper as Rocket Racoon, Vin Diesel as Groot (the man with the fewest lines in the script), Dave Bautista as Drax the destroyer with Lee Pace as Ronan the accuser, Josh Brolin as Thanos and Karen Gillia as Nebula.
There is something about a good ensemble that works for a movie so well as I believe that if the cast is flawed, they would have a problem delivering each character role to the satisfaction of the director and could render the script useless. The cast ensemble of the Guardians scored an A in delivery leaving no room for flaws.
Though the alliance formed by Peter Quill the only earthling amongst them) and a group of alien misfits to ‘guard’ the universe was so weird, the combination was hard to find fault with due to the witty humor of Rocket Racoon and the absurdity of Peter and the rest of his team.
The protagonists’ ensemble was also interesting to note and the battle between Good and Evil was something intense that would keep you at the edge of your seat. However, the most amazing element of Guardians was the top-notch vintage soundtracks played in the movie.
I’m with the school of thought if a movie ends up being terrible, that the soundtrack is always there to save the day. Even if you don’t get anything right in your movie, at least let the soundtrack be top notch. If you loose on that part as well, then you lose it all.
The Guardians won this aspect and produced a soundtrack album that topped the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.
Movie continuation and score was well delivered, dialogue was also entertaining and laced with ample humor. Though one is constantly wondering what’s going to happen next, the movie doesn’t leave you bored or hung up for too long on a particular scene.
Proper editing with good voice overlay was observed, inclusive of picture quality. I found it really hard to point out any flaws except for a scene towards the end which I would rather wave aside and say, just have fun. Life is not that hard and this is a good movie to watch to escape reality for a while.
Overall, I would give it a B.
I believe putting all biased notions aside, it’s a movie you can sit down and enjoy if you want to, and on my best super-hero movie list for the year, it comes in right after Captain America.
Yup, it was that good. For me though.
What did you think of the movie? Hit me up in the comments.