Guardians of the Galaxy (Film Review)

Aug 1, 2014
Marvel, continuing expanding their 'Hero-verse' has been focused on their big names like Iron Man and Captain America for the whole couple of years. The movies has been so much loved and respected that you would feel curious on the audience's reception when a new set of heroes are being introduced on their line-up. Enter 'Guardians of the Galaxy', Marvel's first "real" attempt on putting something different on their universe. A wildcard if you may. It is a really risky move for the studios because if this will not turn right, the future of this franchise might potentially not succeed in the future. 

The film briefly starts where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer.

But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy's fate in the balance.
Directed by James Gunn, co-writer of the insanely awful 'Scooby Doo' and director of the insanely crazy 'Slither', the comic series from what it's based from is one of those books that might not translate well on-screen. I mean you got a talking raccoon and one of the walking trees from 'The Lord of the Rings'. Surprisingly, even though I saw this coming, f**king amazing. 

This will be up and running as one of Marvel's best on par with 'The Avengers' and 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', (and you might see this word repeatedly on this review) because it's awesome. The chemistry between the characters, and their back-and-forth is priceless.

Chris Pratt is amazing as Peter Quill or his outlaw name if you may, Star-Lord. He got the charm and a lot of charisma, he pulled off this character perfectly. The scene-stealer is when he is dancing throughout with 80s tracks, distracting the villain from more destruction. Zoe Saldana is also great as Gamora, and a pretty interesting back-story that will shape the future of this universe. Dave Bautista is progressingly getting better and better these days, and he really showed a lot more rage as the vengeful Drax. But the best part of this movie, Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Or for what I call the R2-D2 and C3PO of this movie (Speaking of Star Wars, a lot of reference here). These duo has been the main concern on the building of this movie, but they tried to make them look bad-ass and surprisingly affecting on how they become as what they become right now. Lee Pace as the villain, Ronan, is very effective but his characterization could've been better. I thought his character was rather weak.

This film has certainly been one of the best experience I had all year, because it nailed every aspect from the writing to it's characters. James Gunn created something special for every 80s babies with a lot of references from start to the "very end". The choice of songs from the soundtrack is fantastic! It sets the tone and syncs with the scenes from the movie perfectly.

The geek rates it 10/10. I love, love, love, love this movie. And sitting again for another viewing again and again.

'Guardians of the Galaxy' is now showing in cinemas nationwide!
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