Guardians of the Galaxy

Director: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana

Writers: James Gunn, Nicole Pearlman

Budget: $170 000 000 (estimated)

Worldwide Gross: $774 000 000

After witnessing his mother die of cancer at a young age, Peter Quill (Pratt) is abducted by alien pirates and with them he grows up being a thief/adventurer.  After stealing an orb and trying to sell it to a broker, Quill is set upon by the assassin Gamora (Saldana) while he is coincidentally being chased by the bounty hunters Rocket (Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel).  All four are apprehended by the Nova Corps an intergalactic police force and locked in prison.  Here they meet Drax (Bautista) who is hellbent on vengeance after Ronan the movies main villain killed his wife and child.  The five prisoners work together to break out of the prison and join forces with the Nova Corps to stop Ronan from destroying Xandar, the multiracial metropolitan planet home of the Nova Corps.

Marvel took a big risk on this relatively unknown property with relatively unknown actors and director and a writers first blockbuster film (Pearlman).  This gamble paid off as an eclectic group of actors, a quirky director and obscure source material meshed together perfectly and gave us a film with heart, laughter and action wrapped up in a comic book space odyssey.

Chris Pratt went from TV’s Parks and Recreaction’s Andy Dwyer to one of Hollywoods leading men after box office success with Guardians of the Galaxy, Lego Movie and Jurassic World.  He has so much charisma and has very good comedic timing, I look forward to seeing him in sequels and new projects.  Bautista as Drax was one of the movies funniest things, his extremely literal character made comments that just didn’t make sense but he was so serious about it that I still chuckle during re-watches.  Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon was a bit over the top for me and the dialog he was given wasn’t my favourite.  Zoe Saldana did a good job with Gamora in a very physical roll that appeared to be very demanding.

Unfortunately for Marvel fans we are given another throw away villain who could have been awesome in the larger Marvel cinematic universe, he joins the list of underdeveloped, mustache twirling villains like Yellowjacket, Malekith, Ultron and so on.  Hopefully the universes big bad Thanos will exceed expectations and truly leave his mark.

As with most blockbusters nowadays the special effects were great, unfortunately not a lot of practical effects which I think many people are waiting to see in this coming winters Star Wars 7, but the sets were great and even the Xandarian city was vibrant and full of life and it’s exact opposite the city called Nowhere that inhabits the husk of a large dead celestial beings head was very grimey  with the dregs of the universe trying to eek out a meager life felt real and for sure a place you wouldn’t want to find yourself stuck in for very long.

This movie is highly recommended and is suitable for all ages but common…everyone has seen it already I would imagine.

Oh one more thing, the soundtrack is awesome! It’s an unlikely mix of 1970’s hits that go well with the story.  Thanks for reading…Brandon Star-Lord Taylor