Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Time: 121 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
  • Director: James Gunn
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Benicio Del Toro, Dave Bautista, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly

Storyline:

After discovering a mysterious orb in another part of the galaxy, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by a genocidal maniac Ronan The Accuser. Being hunted across the galaxy Quill gets lumped together with a group of misfits that need to learn how to get along before they can become the “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

7 reviews

  • I’ve never really liked any of the Marvel movies except the X-men. Thor was weak, Iron Man felt like an extension of Marvel’s own narcissism, Captain America was ridiculously cheesy, and The Avengers blew so hard I can’t even believe it. But I love Superhero movies and so I thought I might as well give Guardians a shot because of all the praise it was getting. Turns out, the hype was actually real. This movie impressed me from start to finish, never relenting in its amazing pace that never felt too fast or too slow. The film cycled between sadness, humor, and action in the most fluid of ways that never removes you from the experience, but instead deepens it with each shot fired, tear shed, and joke cracked. All the other top notch movies I’ve seen only really excel in one genre (humor, action, etc.) but Guardians nailed all it attempted. The soundtrack was awesomely throwback in a way that makes sense but also conjures thoughts of nostalgia to when we also dreamed of being awesome, young at heart space adventurers ourselves. The cast is superb with everyone really delivering their intended part. Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper really shine above the rest. I usually don’t give 10s to movies but I can’t find anything bad to say about it (except a lame after credit scene, but that’s not even part of the actual movie). A well deserved 10/10.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy definitely surprised me by its awesomeness. Loved this movie and it is easily one of the most enjoyable movies I have seen this year and this year has had some awesome movies.

    The movie is great fun to watch. All five of the Guardians (Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket) are awesome to watch and all of them have their moments. Their back-stories are also interesting despite wanting to know more in the case of a couple of them. Although there is plenty of humour and jokes, none of it feels overdone. There are also great action scenes and emotional moments without clashing with the fun side of the movie.

    Although the plot and villains were nothing outstanding, it was good enough not to ruin the movie as it was great fun watching the five heroes meeting and getting to know each other and becoming the Guardians of the Galaxy.

    Would definitely recommend watching this. It’s great fun and the time just flew by watching it. It’s a great space adventure/comedy/action movie!

  • A group of outlaws band together to stop Ronan The Accuser of annihilating the galaxy. All the while Peter Quill finds himself the target of a manhunt after stealing a precious orb. While little was known to me about Guardians of the Galaxy, the fanboy inside me was incredibly excited for this, the great trailer, the fantastic cast on top of everything else, made this a must see for all comic and Marvel fans.

    With Marvel’s phase two coming to an end, we haven’t been introduced to any new characters, until now. The original characters are all (excluding Hulk) the conventional superhero. They save the planet as well as keeping as many people safe as possible. The Guardians however, bring a new type of hero to the Avengers crew more known as the anti-hero. They are seen as outlaws with their own agenda. A trained assassin, Gamora played by Zoe Saldana (Star Trek: Into Darkness), a maniac, Drax played by Dave Bautista / Batista (WWE: World Wrestling Entertainment), who seeks out vengeance for his…
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  • What a rush…!!! Is the best way to describe the new Marvel visual extravaganza titled “Guardians of the Galaxy”! My senses are still tingling and It took me a while to be able to unplugged from the theater of the make believe but the satisfaction I feel right now makes me confident that I saw something very special. In fact I just might have seen “STAR WARS” like experience of this generation.

    I was asked once by the outsider to the film industry, why only Hollywood studios are capable of bringing the big CGI supported action Blockbusters? Why Europa is incapable of making this type of movies? What does that depend on? Don’t we have the talent to create similar type big and to some extant epic movies? The answer is very simple and the best example to prove my point we can go no further then “Cloud Atlas” which back in 2012 was made for 102 million dollars by few German based production companies. Despite of the fact that I thought “Cloud Atlas” was a very well made movie (minus not always believable make up) and carried a depth that is often missing from their American counterparts. It failed miserably at the box office bringing total of 27 million dollars. The fact that it was treated as a art-house film and was shown in small screening rooms did not help in it’s all around success.

    It is not that European companies are incapable of making big blockbusters (a lot of big American movies are often shot at the European studios like Pinewood in UK, for example) it is just very risky to do so. One flop can mean the end of that studio, where in Hollywood exists more of a factory type mechanism were big movies are being planed years in advance and if some movie ends up not making as much money for the studio, month or two later there is a next blockbuster premier that hopefully make up the financial difference.

    This brings us to this summers awesome representation of what we love in Hollywood movies “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Based on the Marvel comic book released back in 70’s, with considerably less known characters comparing with Iron Man, Batman or Spiderman, among others.

    The premise is straight forward.

    After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, human Peter Quill (bulked up Chris Pratt) is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser (charismatic Lee Pace). To help fight Ronan and his team and SAVE the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team known as the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to save the world.

    This team consist of: Sexy female assassin Gamora (hot Zoe Saldana) Overgrown muscle man trying to avenge his families death, Drax (surpassingly emotionally deep performance by the WWE wrestler Dave Bautista) and two CGI creations: Groot (Vin Diesel) and Bradley Cooper as Rocket.

    Together they create “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Group of misfits, losers, and very unlikely heroes that are put in the position, were they have to extend themselves beyond what they normally are capable off.

    Most audiences as a rule often like to share their support with the underdog and trust me there are no bigger underdogs then this bunch and perhaps this is were the strength of the movie lies. We want them to succeed. Mostly they are motivated by pain and loss of a loved one. As an example Chris Pratt’s character as a child looses mother to cancer and after being abducted from Earth by cosmic bounty hunters, his feelings intensifies of wanting to make something out of himself to become a legend, a self-proclaimed Star-Lord. Chris Pratt natural comedic taming and bravado fits perfectly with this character, who uses humor as a form of protection from dark thoughts which pollute his psyche.

    The balance between comedy and action is handled superbly by director James Gunn who is also co-writter of the script. Plenty of smart remarks made by characters create very enjoyable roller coaster of vocabulary choices which often bring loud laughter from the audience. My favorite was an exchange between Gamora and Peter Quill.

    Gamora: And by the way… Your ship is filthy. Peter Quill: Filthy? She has no idea. If we had a blacklight, it would look like a Jackson Pollock painting.

    The production design, but specially costume and make up design is so detailed and perfect in its construct, that all of the art design helps creating a Universe that we loose ourselves in, completely. It is truly Oscar worthy work, no doubt about it.

    The action scenes are breathtaking kinetically and auditory wise and I almost guaranty that you will want to see “Guardians of the Galaxy” again to make sure that you had an opportunity to catch all the details that often overwhelm our senses during the first viewing. There is so much to experience here.

    This film is a testament to how far the film industry has gone since the days of model building and rudimentary special FX that started with Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis”(1927), long before “2001: Space Odyssey” (1968) and continued through “STAR WARS” franchise till this day. I take my hat off to the Hollywood filmmakers who created this arguably the most visually interesting movie of the decade and bunch of interesting and sometimes silly and other times cocky characters unseen on the Silver screen since the days of Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. I loved “Guardians of the Galaxy” and I am pretty sure that you and your family will too. Go and check this one out, specially in 3D if you can.

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  • In my forty years of existence, I’ve seen plenty of films based on Marvel Comics. I’ve seen the good (Spider-Man 2, Blade, Iron Man), the bad (Hulk, Ghost Rider), and the flat-out ugly (Howard the Duck). Guardians of the Galaxy (the flick I’m now reviewing) falls somewhere in between. And at just over two hours, it plays like this: bang, bang, punch, kick, punch, tell a joke, blurt out a zinger, shoot, shoot, kill, knife, throw up against a wall, strangle, tell more jokes, etc..etc. It’s safe to say that this thing never lets up. It’s dark and dangerous with nasty characters and even nastier creatures. And there’s an opening scene (which involves the quietness of death and dying) that might make you forget that “Guardians” even has plenty of tongue-in- cheek overtones to boot.

    With non-stop action, plenty of sturdy violence (think lots of martial arts and assaults with space age stun guns), and writing that permeates at times to be lazy, Guardians of the Galaxy takes place in present day 2014 (just in a completely different realm or you know, terrestrial realm as Charlie Sheen would say). Four space criminals consisting of a thief (Star-lord), a trained killer (Gamora), a warrior (Drax), a humanoid (Groot), and a genetic animal (Rocket), join forces to save the universe from an evil ruler named Ronan the accuser. They steal a sphere-like artifact from this blue, pigmented maniac that if activated, can kill millions of people.

    Now from what I observed, the look of “Guardians” feels like Star Trek meets Stargate. It has characters that reminded me of the ones from Star Wars and even The Wizard of Oz (Chris Pratt as “Star-lord” is a modern day Han Solo while Groot somehow gives off the whole Chewbacca vibe). They are differing personalities and they come together as journeymen looking for one common purpose.

    “Guardians” also has a top notch cast bringing these characters to life. They are comprised of actors/actresses that are known and not so known. The best performance, well it belongs to Bradley Cooper. He doesn’t appear on screen but he’s perfect as the voice of the talking raccoon named Rocket. Vin Diesel does voice work as well and he plays the branchlike Groot. I’ve heard how much money Vin demands per movie. If he got paid handsomely for uttering just one line (all he says is, “I’m Grrroooott!”), I’m insanely jealous.

    What drove me nuts however, was how military peacekeepers played by Glen Close and John C. Reilly only appear in maybe two scenes total. Was their material left on the cutting room floor? Who knows. But here’s the thing: solid and well established movie moguls like Close and Reilly deserve a more respectable level of screen time. Then we have Zoe Saldana channeling her earlier stint in 2011’s Columbiana. She handles as usual, a lot of the butt kicking here playing hungry assassin Gamora. That leaves quirky lead Chris Pratt as Peter Quill (aka Star-lord). Based on “Guardians” ginormous box office take, it seems like he might emerge as a huge star one day. He’s not bad but despite getting physically fit for this role, he still sort of goes through the motions. If you wanna see his true comedic gifts, check him out in 2013’s Delivery Man. He’s the best thing in it (and the only good thing in it).

    Finally, there’s the clunky, musical soundtrack which seems like the film’s main selling point. As a young boy, Chris Pratt’s character (spoiler alert) gets abducted by aliens and has his walkman with him during said abduction. The songs in the background are heard through his obsolete relic and are fully comprised of ditties from the 1970’s (even though they are recorded on a tape labeled “awesome mix volume 1”). Hey, I like bell bottom induced music just as much as anybody else. But with the exception of the song “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways, most of the playlist featured, is comprised of material that has been sledgehammered (or overplayed) on radio stations everywhere. Personally, I’d rather hear a hidden gem like Jethro Tull’s “Look Into the Sun” as opposed to “Hooked On a Feeling” for the umpteenth time.

    In conclusion, I tried hard to embrace a film that critics and audience members (all over the world) have been salivating over with glee. Sadly, I consider this to be familiar stuff. I couldn’t help but be reminded of the space operas of George Lucas and many of the other imitations that took place previously in a galaxy far far away. Guardians of the Galaxy left me feeling empty while yearning for a sense of mystery and aura that I didn’t receive. Its one hook, is that it provided humor (very mild humor consisting of a few chuckles) in places where so many other Marvel Comic movies tended to pile on the seriousness. Here though, it’s uneven and the obviousness by director James Gunn in terms of distributing a certain brand of funny, is purely noted (the villains are hideous and caddy while the heroes are the class clowns). To the chagrin of most moviegoers, I’ll probably avoid a second or (gulp) third viewing of Guardians of the Galaxy. It may be hailed as an entertaining, exhausting sci-fier with status as a critical darling. But in my humbled opinion, it’s just another excuse for me to pop in my DVD of Episode IV one last time.

    Of note: I had a feeling that during the film’s ending, I’d see some kind of closing credit titles stating that all the characters in “Guardians” would be back for more giddy fun in the franchise’s next installment. I was right and the effect which seemed completely lifted from the Star Wars movies, didn’t feel as earned as it first did back in 77′. Nice try guys.

    Rating: 2.5 out of 4 stars

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  • “So here we are: a thief, two thugs, an assassin and a maniac. But we’re not going to stand by as evil wipes out the galaxy. I guess we’re stuck together, partners.”

    After two years of anticipation following San Diego Comic Con 2012 where Guardians of the Galaxy was announced, it is finally here. After a summer of lackluster blockbusters, this science fiction action farce is guaranteed to restore your faith in the season. Set in Marvel Studios’s newly carved movie universe there are definitely ties to the other films, most notably the appearance of Thanos and his terrifying alien army from The Avengers. Do not let the brand fool you though, Guardians of the Galaxy is not your standard comic book adaptation.

    Director James Gunn has paved his own path in the universe while showing a great appreciation for past films of the genre. The sets, the costumes, and the visual style often pay homage to films like Serenity, Star Wars, and The Fifth Element, while the humor that Guardians is quickly becoming known for is undoubtedly inspired by the Indiana Jones movies. There is a lot of fun to be had with this film and even more laughs that will leave you wondering if you’re watching a Marvel movie or a Bill Murray comedy.

    Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill, a space scavenger who prefers the title Star-Lord though his lack of notoriety has prevented the moniker from taking hold. Fans of the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation will see the familiar lovable goofball nature Pratt is known for but will be surprised by a sharper wit and a certain edginess that he dishes out in his portrayal of Peter Quill. Having been abducted by aliens as a young boy on the night of his mother’s death, Peter flies around the galaxy stealing artifacts from deserted planets while listening to the “Awesome Mix Vol. 1″ tape he keeps in his anachronistic Walkman. The Walkman is the most notable plot device in the film often making the collection of 70s and 80s pop hits the soundtrack not only to Peter’s adventures but to the film as a whole. The beginning of the film shows Peter dancing to Redbone’s Come and Get Your Love as he steals an orb from a cave on an abandoned planet. This orb turns out to have a higher bounty than Peter’s head. When he brings the orb to his buyer fate brings him together with the rest of the cast.

    The ensemble cast is rounded out by Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista. Cooper and Diesel voice the thug bounty hunters Rocket and Groot. Rocket is a biologically engineered raccoon with identity issues who loves big guns and bigger bombs. Bradley Cooper’s voice acting is astounding, his voice becoming Rocket’s with almost no hint of the original showing through. Groot is a mysterious tree being and Rocket’s muscle. Vin Diesel is Groot and that’s all you will hear from him although the character shows remarkable depth often playing on Rocket’s heartstrings. Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, the biologically engineered daughter of Thanos who is as conflicted with her past as she is deadly. Saldana never disappoints and plays the role with the jagged grace she has become known for. Bautista, a professional wrestler with the WWE, is surprisingly good in his role as Drax the Destroyer. Drax is a warrior who seeks revenge for the loss of his family to Ronan, the film’s antagonist who’s back story and motives are the only hazy part of the plot.

    With a cast of unrecognizable characters that really pull you in and a director who shows he knows the science fiction genre like the back of his hand, Guardians of the Galaxy should go down as the quintessential science fiction adventure of recent years. It is outrageously funny, incredibly tight, and visually mind blowing. A must see for all ages.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy is the final film in Phase Two before Avengers: Age of Ultron. First, let it sink in that the next Marvel film is going to be the sequel to Avengers. That alone has me beyond excited for this film. As for the actual comic, it’s based off the 2008 team and not the 1969 original team. Basically the film is based on a comic that is ONLY 6 years old. Yet, Marvel is willing to roll the dice and give the comic book the big screen treatment. What a huge risk, especially since this film is going to play a huge role in the third Avengers film. With a movie that will play such a huge role, of course Marvel Studios will make sure they hire the best director for the job right? Well, when looking at the resume of their director of choice, the answer… is no. James Gunn, writer and director, has some huge flops on his resume. He wrote and directed Movie 43, Tromeo and Juliet and Scooby-Doo. Okay, okay – So maybe their lead role for the film will at least be an action star or a big name in general, right? Wrong once again. Chris Pratt got the nod to play Peter Quill and if you aren’t aware of who Pratt is, he’s the funny man from TVs Parks and Recreation and has very little action movie history. But even with two major wrongs, surprisingly enough, Guardians of the Galaxy is one huge right.

    Peter Quill was just a young boy when, devastated by his mother’s death, he sprinted out of the hospital and was swept into the stars by Yondu (Michael Rooker), the leader of an eclectic band of space scavengers known as The Ravagers. Twenty-six years later, Quill has adopted the nickname Star Lord (Chris Pratt). He’s broken away from The Ravagers in an attempt to track down an ancient orb that is also coveted by the evil Ronan (Lee Pace), who is in league with the dreaded Thanos, and who dispatches his top assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana) to retrieve it from Star Lord. In the process of doing so, Gamora also gets drawn into a fight with furry bounty hunter Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and his tree-like, humanoid companion Groot (Vin Diesel). Subsequently thrown into prison, this unlikely quartet quickly makes the acquaintance of fearsome warrior Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), who seeks bitter revenge for the slaughter of his entire family at the hands of Ronan. In the process of making a daring prison break, Star Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, and Drax recover the orb, and transport it to The Collector (Benecio Del Toro), who reveals that it houses an Infinity Gem – one of six precious stones that harbors incredible powers that could pose a dire threat should they fall into the wrong hands. Later, Ronan acquires the Infinity Gem and plots to use its power to destroy The Nova Corps home-world of Xandar, The Guardians of the Galaxy must race through the stars to recover it before Ronan can carry out his genocidal plan.

    Marvel Studios faced an early difficulty with Guardians of the Galaxy that they were able to avoid with The Avengers – introducing five characters in one film. See, The Avengers had the privilege to have five films to introduce their team of heroes, meanwhile Guardians of the Galaxy were thrown straight onto the big screen with no introduction. A difficult task indeed for director James Gunn but not only did he successfully handle this task, he mastered it. With a mere run time of only 122 minutes, Gunn was able to introduce The Guardians individually and build the relationship between each member. If Gunn didn’t set these two crucial things up as beautifully as he did this would have effected some major screen time. Everything felt so right when The Guardians finally teamed up in that final fight sequence. It would have been a total fail if the viewers didn’t believe the chemistry among each hero nor their reason for fighting together.

    But was it only the screen writing that made this movie a hit? The casting was spot on as each actor brought their character to life. Let’s start with Chris Pratt, who I must admit I was truly against playing Star-Lord. Pratt has very minimal experience in a lead role and that number only decreases when you look for his experience in action films. Pratt is actually his best in comedies especially in his role as Andy in Parks and Recreation. But all that doubt and prejudgment was thrown out the window when Pratt delivered a Star-Lord that creators Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning would be proud of. He was able to give the proper heroic speeches and exquisitely deliver his one liners. Zoe Saldana’s Gamora was the perfect character to put Star-Lord in check and she even dishes her own butt-kicking. Now for the two characters that for sure will become household names, Rocket and Groot. Groot might have only said 3 words repeatedly throughout the film but it was enough to be the glue that sticks The Guardians together. Groot might be the fan’s new favorite Vin Diesel character. Rocket’s endless sarcasm and quickness to bark back will make even the littlest human have the courage to fight back. Groot and Rocket are the tag team partners that I’m sure if Vince McMahon could hire, he would. But one person Vince McMahon does have under his belt is Dave Batista who plays Drax the Destroyer. I rarely expect good performances from wrestlers but Batista delivered some great witty lines and makes you scratch your head and ask yourself why he wasn’t featured more in the commercials. Overall, all of the characters delivered us with some memorable quotes; a round of applause for the script writers.

    Where our heroes shine, the villains do the opposite but it was not their fault. Nebula and Ronan the Accuser are both aesthetically appealing but their relationship with the villains was never a priority to focus on. This first film is all about The Guardians and The Guardians only. Their main villain, Thanos, will make a bigger impact in the evil department.

    It’s as if everything Gunn and his team did when putting this film together, they did it perfectly. Even when it came down to handling the setting. In general, when a film’s main setting is a different galaxy the viewers are usually given the unfortunate gift of a long introduction and explanation of said galaxy and everything that’s in it. But the film makers avoid all that in hopes that the viewers just simply pay attention.

    One of the major flaws of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is that too much was put into the film in order to set up future films. The film felt too clustered and at times lost track of its story. Guardians of the Galaxy on the other hand, introduces us to five new heroes and three new villains and some major plot points for upcoming films and yet did not make the same mistake as The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy is a delightful risk taken by Marvel Studios. The pieces that made the film amazing could of easily made it awful but Gunn made sure to add the right amount of everything. If I learned anything, it’s not to prejudge a film due to its casting and filmmakers. I highly recommend going out to check this film out in theaters just going off the role this film will play in the upcoming Marvel Studio’s Phase 3 plan.

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