Saturday, 6 September 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy film review

Went to see this film with my family on Thursday evening and my son, as a huge Marvel fan, was very much looking forward to it.

IMDB says: Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.

In this James Gunn (Scooby-Doo, Dawn of the Dead) directed (and written with Nicole Perlman, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning) Sci-Fi Action Adventure, Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation, Her) stars as Peter Quill, AKA Starlord, who joins up with Gamora (Zoe Saldana, Avatar, Star Trek), Drax (Dave Bautista, WWF Raw, Riddick), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel, Fast and Furious, The Chronicles of Riddick) and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper, The Hangover, American Hustle) to bring down Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace, The Fall, The Hobbit) and Nebula (Karen Gillan, Dr Who Oculus) Gomara's sister, whilst trying to avoid the authorities, including John C. Reilly (Chicago, Step Brothers) as Corpsman Dey, and Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker, Cliffhanger, Jumper) a cut-throat mercenary.

There are plenty of special effects to liven up the action and some brilliant performances from actors who deserved a larger slice of the movie, such as Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Gladiator) as Korath one of Ronan's henchmen, Glenn Close (Air Force One, 101 Dalmations) as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro (Snatch, The Usual Suspects) as The Collector.

My son loved this movie, although my feelings are mixed.  I enjoyed the heart-breaking beginning and the nods to the music of my era (the soundtrack album "Awesome Mix, Vol. 1" reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, the first film soundtrack ever to reach number one without a single original song), but it was a little bit daft, with its over the top fighting scenes and unbelievable characters, that leave you puzzled and wondering where the paper-thin plot is.  The world-building is fantastic though, thanks to no doubt hundreds of 'digital artists' if the credits are anything to go by, but there are far too many downbeats with only a few one-liners thrown in, not that I think that will stop a sequel.

Do stay for the extra scene at the end of the credit, though don't expect it to be a reveal to future movies in the franchise as it is, rather like the movie, just a bit odd.

Trivia: The Guardians of the Galaxy debuted in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 in January 1969. Dave Bautista was born on January 18, 1969. Yondu's primary weapon is a sentient arrow. In the comics, Yondu was an archer. The Collector's residence in the film is the space station Knowhere. In the comics, Knowhere is the base of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Tagline: You're Welcome.                                                                                7/10

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