Guardians of the Galaxy

Star Wars Comes Early?

To the estimated two people that read my previous post (thanks mum), I promised to review Hercules. Then again, I can be an indecisive sort. I will put up another post on Monday to make up for it.

As Hereford residents will know, our £90m new development is now open. Just the other day, I had the pleasure of watching H&M open from the first floor of Debenhams. Dedicated shoppers waited outside a whole hour before opening time. What a time to be alive.

But you’re not here to read about H&M’s new summer range. Fortunately, this new addition to the city has given us a six-screen Odeon. What a perfect opportunity to go with my brother to watch Guardians of the Galaxy in 3-D.

THE PLOT: Marvel’s next big blockbuster, features a ragtag group of criminals coming together to saving a world from destruction. That’s just putting it simply. Viewers should expect a groovy 70s soundtrack, an anthropomorphic racoon, and copious references to Kevin Bacon.

I have to say that this is the best superhero/sci-fi/whatever-you-want-to-call-it movie that I have ever seen – this is Marvel’s Star Wars saga.

Firstly, the set pieces are a sight to behold. Each is shown just to wet the palette, but don’t outstay their welcome. The detail given to each scene is literally out-of-this-world. James Gunn knows how to take his audience on an adventure through the stars. Planets include:

  • Xandar: A gleaming city-metropolis held by the righteous Nova Corps (basically Coruscant and the Jedi Republic).
  • Knowhere: A Celestial skull where a dingy mining colony happily crack away at bone and brain matter (the perfect place for our heroes to build rapport)!
  • Kyln: An interstellar prison harbouring the worst of the worst (again, our heroes blend right in).
  • Morag: The opening planet where a shimmying Starlord (Chris Pratt) goes on an Indiana Jones-style adventure for an orb.

Even in these stunning locales, the characters shine out proud. Guardians of the Galaxy acted as a origin story for these lesser-known superheroes. I’m not a comic fan (which is why I do films) and haven’t seen these characters in any other media. What makes them my new favourite superteam is their necessity for each other.

For the majority of the movie, they want to jump on the first astro-bus out of there. Fights break out, romantic flames are snuffed out, and snarky comments are plentiful. The writers successfully pull the team together for a nice climactic conclusion, leaving plenty of character development for the sequel (I hope).

Pacing is also a big green tick in the box. An action junkie will enjoy the wide variety of fistfights, knife fights, gunfights, dogfights, glowing-red-needle-thing fights just as much as the script-o-phile will chortle over the banter between characters. That’s coming from a film with a one-lining Vin Diesel and a mountain of muscle who’s accent is all actualities and no analogies.

If I had to be nit-picky, the villain is rather lacklustre. Marvel doesn’t have the whole “bad guy” thing down yet, most being the “I’m gonna destroy stuff for the heck of it” sort. However, this movie wasn’t crying out for an in-depth analysis of a villain’s backstory. Most of the film’s charm is derived from its oddball humour.

This movie deserves top marks. I enjoyed it far more than expected, it was believable, funny and entertaining and, come on, Footloose is mentioned! What can be better than that?

(5 / 5)

What you think of Guardians of the Galaxy. Do you think it will be better than Star Wars? Was it your favourite “superhero/sci-fi/whatever-you-want-to-call-it” movie that you have ever seen? Was there anything you disliked? I want to know in the comments below.

Anyway, my next Pick is a book review. Yeah, shocker, I can read. I will see you all soon.