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After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of intergalactic criminals who are forced to work together in order to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. They will become known as the “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
I didn’t know anything about Guardians of the Galaxy before this came out, but just like with a lot of people, it’s now one of my favourite Marvel properties.
What I can tell you now is that it was directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista and Zoe Saldana, who are all brilliant in their respective roles. It also has an excellent soundtrack featuring songs from the 70’s and 80’s. In fact in August 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first soundtrack album in history consisting entirely of previously released songs to top the chart.
The film itself is incredibly funny and generally excellent entertainment from start to finish. Some characters such as Ronan the Accuser could have done with some more character development, but as the finale shows he is not the focal point of this film. It’s all about the main group and their relationships, which we do get plenty of.
Chris Pratt is pretty much perfect for the character of Starlord, his brand of humour is genius and carries a lot of the film. Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper are both great as Groot and Rocket Racoon. Which is really weird to say when Groot only says the same three words the entire film. Rocket Racoon’s CGI is incredible, some of the best I’ve ever seen. In some ways it’s Dave Bautista (Batista), better known for being a six time World Champion in the WWE, who steals the show as Drax the Destroyer. He delivers a surprisingly amazing performance as a man who doesn’t understand metaphors or similes. Instead taking everything literally, making for some hilarious moments.
Guardians of the Galaxy went from barely known by casual Marvel fans to becoming one of their hottest properties. I’ve heard arguments that it’s Star Wars for this generation, that’s obviously going to be considerably harder with the release of a new trilogy. But it doesn’t matter, this movie doesn’t need to be a new anything. It’s good enough on it’s own to be the first Guardians of the Galaxy.