Guardians of the galaxy is the type of fun science fiction that hasn’t been seen arguably since The Fifth Element. It is a film that doesn’t spend a lot of time explaining itself, but rather, builds through sheer action, and visual storytelling. The soundtrack is an amazing tribute to the past with 80’s power ballads, but it makes me wonder why more movies haven’t gone this route, as it was executed flawlessly. This in conjunction with subtle nuances like the inclusion of visual humor are what give the film frequent it’s frequent moments of hilarity. Overall it makes it a very balanced film, and arguably one of the best Marvel has produced.
As for the main attraction, Chris Pratt plays the abducted human turned space wayfarer Star Lord. Pratt, in arguably one of the most definable roles of his career, comes off with a womanizing swagger that oozes confidence. He’s the kind of character that is equal parts funny but can easily be taken seriously when it’s time to kick some butt. Then there is Zoe Saldana as the femme fatale Gamora, who is the perfect anti-type for Star Lord, and his reservoir of quips and one liners.
Let’s not forget Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista as Groot and Drax respectively. Vin with not much more than three words of dialogue brings warmth and life to the crew, while Bautista shows off some comedic chops that surprised me.
The villains on Guardians are worthy enough as antagonists. The designs themselves are what stand out to make these characters memorable. You’ve got Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, and Karen Gillen as Nebula. These two are downright sinister and ruthless enough, but with the party happening where the good guys are, it’s almost as if the film has more interest in telling what’s going on with the Guardians and not the villains themselves.
The film plot wise does exactly what every fan boy initially thought it was going to do: it sets up a, “by the numbers,” skeletal frame work for potential spin offs to take place. Gunn definitely took the correct route for such an eccentric movie, and even goes as far as playing to those eccentricities. It is a film that taps into that undeniable primal source that makes going to the theater and watching films such an enjoyable experience to begin with.
Sat Am gives Guardians of the Galaxy a 9/10 for:
+Starlord’s Pimp Hand
+Beautiful Soundtrack, ( Pay attention Michael Bay!)
Wille, ( the e is silent) S. Colon is a Ninja with a Black Belt in wordplay, he specializes in creative fiction and making the world a safer place from whack emcees.