Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan
Directed by: James Gunn
Written by: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 2 hr 1 min
Guardians of the Galaxy sets out to broaden people’s knowledge of the Marvel universe, and based on this evidence I’d say everyone involved with the production of this film did a great job.
Those not already fully aware of the source material (like me), will be introduced to a dizzying array of characters, conflicts and worlds. Which does however, lead me to the only complaint I have with the film. There is a little too much going on during the first half of the movie. We’re introduced to our Guardians and their individual histories, and then the supporting characters they have conflicts with, plus some of their personal back stories too. We’re also transported to several worlds, and somewhere amongst all this I heard talk of a treaty and some nasty bloke called Ronan, and even he had a boss that I last remember seeing during the closing credits of The Avengers movie.
As I said, a bit much to take in, but I already have a solution in mind. I need to see this film again, and maybe one more time after that, and then maybe a few times a year after I have a copy on Blu-ray!
Guardian’s of the Galaxy is a lot of fun, and perhaps even more importantly, it has heart. Through all the madness, director James Gunn didn’t lose track of the single key ingredient that for me would have made or broke this movie – The friendship that forms between the five main characters. Despite the overloaded content, and awesome visual effects, there was still a great chemistry between these characters, which is also punctuated with some genuinely funny moments as they get to know each other.
This is probably going to make more sense to folks that are into the comics, but I think people who are new to the Guardian’s world will get a lot of enjoyment out of this.
This is a spectacular looking film, and needs to be seen at the theater in either 3D or 2D. If you wait for the rental make sure you get the HD version and watch it on a nice big TV. Watching this on a laptop, tablet or (I dread to think) smart phone would be a mistake.
I loved the chemistry between the Guardians, and the great 80’s and earlier era soundtrack!