Another superhero team summer movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, comes crashing into our theaters and into our already overloading heads once again. I feel like the movie industry is saturating the market with superhero films because they are bankable. Logically that would be a sensible thing to do, but too much of a good thing can be harmful to you. Please don’t misunderstand me, I like watching superhero movies if it has a well rounded cast and a good storyline, but sometimes I need variety. Watching alien robots battle the evil robots can leave a bad after taste in your mouth if the formula of making those films are repetitive. Michael Bay is one example of a director who follows the same format in delivering us his movies; big explosions, big boobs (not the female anatomy, but the actors like Shia Lebouf ), and over-dramatic sappy music and dialogue. Fortunately his latest Transformer film wasn’t half bad, but we have two more sequels waiting to be developed….YIPPEE!!!
With that being said, this film, Guardians of the Galaxy is a breath of fresh air. I CAN BREATHE AGAIN!!! Although the plot didn’t peak my interests, the ragtag band of misfits definitely heightened the level of greatness. Chris Pratt who plays Peter Quill, a.k.a. Starlord is hilarious. His laid back eighties attitude toward life is way gnarly, and hip! The ever lovely and badass Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora, wears her green skin gracefully and brings a sense sex appeal to her Amazonian style of kickass-ery. Bradley Cooper who voices Rocket Raccoon I believe is the star attraction within these misfits. His sarcastic, neurotic, attitude brings a hilarious sense of craziness to his personality and I love it. Watching this little raccoon face down huge aliens is beyond entertaining. Vin Diesel who voices Groot is perfect for the part. Although his speaking lines are extremely limited, his physical performance spoke volumes with action and comedic genius. To round the cast, Dave Baustita plays Drax the Destroyer. When you look at him, you probably wouldn’t give him a chance. But watching him play this character, he is perfect for the job. His comedic timing is spot on, not to mention he can kickass. The other actors like John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Djimon Hounson, Karen Gillam, and Michael Rooker definitely made this film a real gem. The villains are also an impressive bunch of [email protected]#$%. I can only tell you about Ronin the Accusser, Nebula, and Korath, cause I don’t want to give away any surprises. Lee Pace who plays Ronin is very convincing as the main badass in this film. His costume also helps to make him one of the coolest looking alien villains I have ever seen. Karen Gillam plays Nebula, a blue skinned assassin working for Ronin hell bent on destroying anything that gets in her way. Karen, who used to be a companion for Doctor Who, definitely is frighteningly scary with her makeup on. She can definitely kick ass as well. Djimon Hounsou, who plays Korath definitely gave a convincing performance as an intergalactic bounty hunter.
Director James Gunn delivers a wonderful film full of comedic wit, and lots of wonderful cinematic action sequences. The CGI is outstanding, and the beautifully created aliens definitely gave this film a wondrous experience. The plot of this story is not what made this film great, it was the cast. I laughed throughout the whole film watching these unique characters bounce sarcastic wit and hilarious punch lines towards one another. The use of eighties music mixed with most of the action scenes really made me laugh and smile. I didn’t feel that Guardians of the Galaxy had any moral messages, nor any philosophical overtones, it is just frakkingly good space action film with really great characters, can’t wait until the sequel.
I give this film three out of five movie stubs.