August 13, 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy (Movie review)
Marvel Studios introduces another visual chapter, this time geared towards the hardcore fans, but leaves little disappointment to the rest of the regular folk with 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. With whispers of the possibility of the film for this unique superhero team surfacing back in 2010, it was not until San Diego Comic-Con International 2012 that the rumors became reality. Produced by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, the film features a stellar cast that includes Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Groot, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket.
Although each character has an importance, the film mainly revolves around Peter Quill. After being abducted by an alien rebel group, twenty years later he is an outlaw, self-titled as StarLord. He carries around his most prized possession, a 1980’s walkman with one cassette tape labeled “Awesome Mix Volume 1”, which in reality has now become a number one seller on iTunes. After stealing an item to sell on the black market, he learns soon after it is also desired by Ronan (Lee Pace), a villainous character looking to use it as a weapon. He sends his henchwoman, Gamora, to retrieve it. During the scuffle over the orb, two bounty hunters named Rocket and Groot try to capture Quill, adding fuel to the fire. All four are arrested for public disturbance, and begin almost immediately to plan their escape. They include a current inmate by the name of Drax to help them. After Gamora reveals her plan of betraying Ronin, they put their plan to action.
They head to the planet of Knowhere, where Gamora’s buyer, known as The Collector, is waiting for this prized piece, prepared to spend millions, a handsome reward for five convicts on the run. Upon learning and experiencing firsthand what the orb is capable of, a new plan forms to keep it out of reach of Ronin, and anyone else who would abuse the power it possesses.
Marvel Studios has once again outdone themselves with Guardians of the Galaxy. All the essentials are here, from the stunning graphics, non-stop action, and quick-witted humor. The chemistry among the actors was also impressive, including Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, who do spectacular voice-overs for Rocket and Groot. Not only does this movie stand on its own, but it has also set up what is yet to come, leaving fans eagerly waiting for the next adventure. Fans of The Avengers will have fun with this too, rightfully so, for several hints were dropped throughout the film that will eventually tie these superheroes together. There was a familiar feel of ambiance – more than enough action, smart and witty humor, and just the right amount of storyline. CrypticRock give Guardians of the Galaxy 5 out of 5 stars.
Guardians of the Galaxy premiered in theaters July 21st. Check showtimes here