Marvel’s Guardian’s of the Galaxy is the last film in their Phase 2 stage before Avengers: Age of Ultron set for May 1st, 2015. A Marvel team that isn’t nearly as popular as say Avengers or X-men was in the middle of criticism in how Marvel was going to depict the Galaxy team. The film stars Chris Pratt, (better known for his role in the show Parks and Recreation), as Peter Quill, or Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana as space assassin Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax “The Destroyer”; Vin Diesel voicing Groot, Rocket voiced by Bradley Cooper and directed by James Gunn. Marvel has done some amazing casting jobs before, and Guardian’s of the Galaxy is no different. Each actor shines in their role, providing a deep connection, serious tone, and even some comedy relief at time.
Former WWE Superstar Dave Bautista was excellent as Drax in the film. Just a massive powerhouse of a man which allowed him to really be physical but also show his more serious side. I look forward to seeing him progress as an actor in future films. Rocket and Groot were the duo of the film and in my opinion stole the show. Bradley Cooper was fantastic as Rocket, giving life to a CGI character from scratch. There was at no point in the film a time I thought dialogue was out of place for Rocket, especially in the scenes with Groot. While Vin Diesel only spoke three simple words throughout the film, the presence was felt. Chris Pratt shined and blew me away as Star-Lord, from beginning to end, Pratt showed he took this role seriously and made it apart of him. Now, not to take anything from Zoe Zaldana, she was great as Gamora, but there were a lot of times in the film where you felt Zoe playing a mix of her past characters, Uhura and Colombiana.
Now, the main plot of the film is focused around two main aspects, the formation of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ronan “The Accusor”, played by Lee Pace. The film shines in bringing in all these unique characters and having their personalities bounce off each other throughout the entire film that it seems to over shine the main villain in Ronan and Nebula. Ronan seems to get the same treatment Loki got in The Avengers where we felt they could’ve been a bit more villainous, especially after being such a bad-ass in the comics. Nonetheless, the formation of the team is so well done you kind of forget about all that and just enjoy the film for what it brings. The supporting cast in John C Reilly, Glen Close, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Benecio Del Toro, and Djimon Hounsou are fantastic in their roles and put together the story nicely.
The soundtrack, it’s what sets the film apart from all other Marvel films thus far. With classic tracks from the 70’s, which is what Peter’s mom listened to thus passing along the tape, including Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling“, The Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb“, and my favorite, “O-O-H Child” by The Five Stairsteps. We obviously had our fair share of Hooked on a Feeling from the trailers, but the way these tracks were used in the film definitely adds to the story as it progresses. From being used in action scenes, to very funny comedic shots, introducing the world
Guardians of the Galaxy is one hell of a space comedic adventure, with fantastic visuals, a well rounded cast and even better soundtrack. Marvel is taking risks with some franchises but if each one exceeds our expectations like Guardian’s of the Galaxy did, then it’s a great time to be a comic lover.
- Brilliant soundtrack
- Very well rounded cast
- Great special effects
- Villain can be a bit more villainous