Genre: Action / Comedy
Length- 121 min
Young Peter Quill (Wyatt Oleff) loses his mother to a terminal disease, freaks out and flees the hospital only to be abducted by aliens. Fast forward some years, and older Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) has become a space pirate with Merle from “The Walking Dead” (Michael Rooker), who fell into a vat of blue paint. Eventually, Quill gets so good at double crossing people that he double crosses Merle (whose real character name is Yondu Udonta), and winds up stealing stuff for a living until he accidentally steals something that will give its owner the power to take over the Universe.
Things go south fast when an evil warlord takes the device for his own nefarious purposes.
It's up to Quill, a raccoon, and a tree to save the Universe from certain destruction.
Yeah, they got this.
LAUGHS VERSUS BLASTS
Guardians of the Galaxy is a slickly produced action film with a strong current of comedy running throughout its running time. Interestingly, the action, while substantial, doesn't really bring that much to the table – it feels more like an afterthought, and even the big showdown between Unstoppable Bad Guy and our protagonists is somewhat anti-climactic. As an action film alone, it's not special or interesting in most any way.
Where Guardians of the Galaxy shines is in its characters and performances. Featuring some inspired casting – namely, Bradley Cooper as a genetically enhanced raccoon with a serious Napoleon complex and Vin Diesel playing a tree for what is probably the first time since his grade school years – it delivers jokes aplenty without ever feeling dishonest to the characters themselves. Rather than being a parody, the laughs come organically from the characters as we proceed through a cookie cutter plot.
I AM GROOT
So is it good? It's an easy watch and enjoyable for its performances, which are hilarious from time to time. The battle sequences move the film along, but honestly, you've seen bigger and better elsewhere.
It's another example of Hollywood attempting to create a new superhero franchise based on much beloved comic books. Would I watch a sequel? If the cast was returning, hell yes I would. Cooper and Vin Diesel steal the show and I'd love to see that magic again.
I just hope that next time director and co-writer James Gunn come up with something better for the characters to DO.
Writing: 3 / 5. Each character had funny lines and the dialogue was certainly there, but the plot itself has been done before so many times that there was little left to the imagination as to what was going to happen.
Directing: 4 / 5. A good showing by James Gunn. There were certain sequences, such as the chase where Hemsworth first meets Rocket and Groot, which were visual stand outs. The battle in the prison was also noteworthy.
Editing: 3 / 5. The film felt a little long and the editing as a whole felt pedestrian.
Sound/Music: 4 / 5. The oldies are gold here, and I much enjoyed the super sweet poppy goodness played against the sometimes violent and at times surprisingly dark atmosphere of the film.
Acting: 4 / 5. Everybody put on a good show here, but Cooper and Diesel stole the show despite being CGI characters! Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista did what they could with their roles, but to say they were underdeveloped – particularly Bautista – is a serious understatement.
Final Grade: 3.6 / 5.
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