Coming straight off of probably the best MCU film at the time, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel has yet again, found another way to transcend the comic book movie franchise. At this point, what Marvel has done so well is that they have kept everything fresh and unique while also maintaining the “feel” of a superhero film. Unlike anything they’ve done before, Marvel decided extend their horizons and explore the cosmic side of the universe.
“Guardians of The Galaxy” centers on Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) who must team up with other intergalactic beings to stop Ronan (Lee Pace) before he inflicts rage on the Xandarian race and planet.
On its surface, this is a film that could have easily failed. What James Gunn did with this film truly speaks out to what Marvel is capable of. “Guardians of the Galaxy” was obviously the funniest Marvel film at the time, but what carried the film was the characters and their interactions with one another.
Chris Pratt is phenomenal as Star-Lord. The way Pratt is able to deliver his lines are so funny although we’ve seen him do some great comedic things in the past, but no where near to the extent to what was shown in this film. Pratt delivers this adolescent selfish character yet he also has heart and you see this develop more and more by the end of the film. Zoe Saldana also does a fantastic job as Gamora. You begin to think of her as this wicked and cruel being, but you find out that she’s been raised this way but ultimately wants to take down the common threat. We also learn in the film that she is the adopted daughter of the Mad Titan, Thanos who we actually get a few minutes of screen time with.
We’ve seen Dave Bautista get more work recently, but it was because James Gunn and Marvel put him on the map. Although he’s not Oscar-worthy, he doesn’t need to be. However, Bautista does such a fantastic job at portraying this role as he portrays this character with so much depth. A lot of people had worries about him going in, but rest assured those same people walked out satisfied. We also get the voices of Bradley Cooper as Rocket and Vin Diesel as Groot who both do a fantastic job, even though Diesel repeats the same phrase: “I am Groot” over and over again until the end where he says: “We are Groot.” Just like Drax, Rocket could have easily been the worst thing about this movie but fortunately, he’s a true standout. There are times in the film where you don’t even realize that it’s Bradley Cooper giving the voice to the character, but he does such a good job and his comedic chops are on point.
The rest of the cast was very good for the most part. Lee Pace as the main villain, Ronan, was a good touch, but as with most of Marvel’s villains, he wasn’t as fleshed out as much as he could have been, but Pace done good with what he was given.
The look of this film is certainly unique and it’s something we’ve yet to see in a Marvel film up to this point. This film is beautiful and the visuals are near flawless. Even the soundtrack in this film is spot-on and James Gunn treats this as a character all in itself. “GOTG” has a consistent tone throughout and you never guess what type of film this is, even when you think a scene or moment is about to get cheesy.
Marvel took a huge chance with this film but it paid off, nonetheless. There are so many good moments and is funny throughout. If you’ve enjoyed the MCU up to this point, you will adore this film but it also stands on its own where you don’t have to watch any of the predecessors.