Guardians of the Galaxy is the story of how five outlaws banned together to stop a religious fanatic on his conquest to destroy worlds. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel) are the only hope the galaxy has for survival.
Guardians of the Galaxy is by far the most unique Marvel film to date. It takes the audience to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, far from earth and into a world with talking trees and raccoons. At it’s heart and really what this movie does, is tell the story of five misfits who have nowhere else to fit it. Peter Quill is an orphan who was abducted from earth when he was young boy in the eighties. Drax is a killer whose family has been killed and has left him with nothing except the burning need to avenge their death. Gamora is one of the deadliest assassins in the galaxy who became that way after Thanos killed her family in front of her and raised her as weapon. Rocket Raccoon is a raccoon that has been experimented on until he gained sentience and intelligence beyond the average being. Groot is in as few words as possible, a space ent whose vocabulary is limited to 3 words, “I Am Groot”. This ragtag bunch of outlaws somehow winds up saving the galaxy by being at the right place at the wrong time. What is great about this film is it seems James Gunn embraced this idea of misfits. This is most easily seen with Peter Quill and his bevy of eighties references. After all, he was abducted in 1988 when he was child and enamored with the pop culture of the time. While the audience understands his references, those around him don’t and they often end up misinterpreting his metaphors in hilarious ways. Without spoiling too much, this culture clash humor is takenand applied to each of the individual characters in their own way giving each one time in the spotlight.
With a cast that rivals The Avengers, this film has a strong talent base to rest on. Surprisingly, no characters seem underdeveloped or pushed to the side. Each character fulfills their role brilliantly which creates a narrative that flows very smoothly. Now, one thing that I found this movie had trouble with was some of the dialogue. At certain pints, the dialogue seems forced and awkward when it shouldn’t. However, most of these moments occur in the beginning of the film, when these characters are still melding together into a cohesive team. I could very easily see this as a ploy by James Gunn to enhance this idea that these characters are very much outcasts and misfits. The only other part of this film that seemed to struggle was it pacing, it really was a roller-coaster of a film. Still, this comes down to preference because after all roller-coasters are pretty fun. What’s gonna happen is you will find that scenes have a certain emotional focus and then find the next scenes have taken a hard turn towards another focus altogether. Again, this will come down to personal preference but it could very easily be found to be jarring.
In the end, this film might have a few flaws here and there but these flaws are vastly outweighed by the humor, wit, action, drama, and storytelling that you will have the pleasure of experiencing. This film is a must see unless of course you’re not a fan of good cinema.
My Rating: 9/10