Marvel Does It Again With ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ [REVIEW]


Another summer, and yet another fantastic Marvel movie. Not only was “Guardians of the Galaxy” a box office success, but it was also very successful among comic book and science fiction fans. Possible spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned. 

Marvel/Disney

Marvel/Disney

I’ll be honest. A few years ago when I heard that Marvel was going to be making a film adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy (GOTG) I wasn’t all that excited. It wasn’t one of the comics that followed along with, and I wasn’t quite sure how it would fit.

Fast forward to when they announced the casting, and the first trailer popped up, and I was sold. These characters were exactly what the Marvel cinematic universe needed. A group of kick-ass people who don’t really take themselves seriously. Now it will be particularly awesome to see how they fit everything together.

Forget about the primary Marvel movie world for a minute. What GOTG does is explore the far reaches of space and a different group of people thrown together for the greater good.

We have Peter Quill (aka Star Lord) player by Chris Pratt. Gamora played by Zoe Saldana. Drax the Destroyer played by WWE alum Dave Bautista. Then we have Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper and Groot who is voiced by Vin Diesel.

Chris Pratt does a great job of being a hero that doesn’t take himself all that serious. Much like Robert Downey Jr’s portrayal of Iron Man, Pratt does a good job of mixing up the emotions. He can make us laugh, make us believe he’s a hero and also make us a little sad.

One thing that Marvel seems to get right over and over is casting. Once again they did a fantastic job with this movie, right down to Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, this film’s “big bad.”

I’ll get right to it, Ronan is defeated in the end, and his plot to destroy the planet Xandar foiled. However I don’t think this is the last time we see Ronan. He’s been around the Marvel Universe for a while, and I can’t see it being a one off.

In between all of that defeating Ronan, the Guardians come together. They are of course lead by Peter Quill, who is more than meets the eye. I’m sure we’ll learn more about that as we see more of the Guardians in future movies. Yes, they’ve already said they are making more. For good reason too. Not only was this a great addition to the whole Marvel world, but it also made some serious money.

So what’s holding all of this together? Right now the things that are pulling the Avengers towards the Guardians is the involvement of The Collector (played by Benicio Del Toro) and also the real introduction of the mad titan Thanos.

We first saw The Collector at the end of “Thor: The Dark World.” He seems to be collecting infinity stones. For what purpose? No idea. Thanos has only been seen in GOTG, and at the end of “Avengers” briefly. Given that these two were both involved  in part of the Avengers’ universe only leads me to believe that these two worlds are quickly coming together.

Hold the phone though. Both are only briefly featured, but they will be playing larger roles in upcoming movies. What those upcoming movies are, I have no idea. Will it be Guardians 2? Will it be Avengers 3? No clue. We’ll probably know more once “Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron” hits theaters next summer.

So would I recommend seeing this movie? Hell yeah.  It’s great for comic book nerds, science fiction buffs, and people who just love a good summer block buster. A ton of fun, and really entertaining the whole way through.

Most Marvel movies have an good end credits scene. I will say that I wasn’t all that impressed with GOTG’s end credits scene. Much like “Iron Man 3” I feel like they phoned it in. But, i guess they can’t all be big teasers. I will jsut say, don’t get your hopes up. Also, quack.

 

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About BJ Ragone

Just a man with a computer, smartphone and a ridiculous amount of pop culture knowledge.

Posted on August 4, 2014, in Entertainment, Movies and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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