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Guardians of the Galaxy - Film Review

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by Jamie Briggs (subscribe)
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Published August 4th 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy is out of this world
The Marvel cinematic universe has portrayed a plethora of Marvel's most well known and beloved characters over the last few years, including Captain America, Iron-Man and The Incredible Hulk. With the tenth installment in the cinematic universe, Marvel has decided to bring an obscure group of super heroes to the silver screen, known as the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Guardians of the Galaxy Characters
A memorable cast.

While Guardians of the Galaxy may be one of the more unfamiliar properties in Marvel's vault, director James Gunn has been able to deliver one of the funniest, most enjoyable and best Marvel cinematic instalments fans of the series have ever seen. Guardians of the Galaxy propels the group of heroes into some of the most loved and unforgettable characters I have had the pleasure to experience.

The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy is star-studded to say the least. Chris Pratt (LEGO Movie, Parks & Recreation) takes on the role of team leader Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (WWE) as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel (Fast & the Furious) as Groot, Bradley Cooper (Hangover) as Rocket Raccoon, and Lee Pace (The Hobbit) playing their antagonist, Ronan the Accuser. Guardians of the Galaxy is also complimented by an outstanding supporting cast which include Michael Rooker, John C. Riley and Glenn Close.

The film's plot revolves around an ancient artifact with great power, which is introduced early within the film. After Star-Lord is apprehended trying to steal the item in question, we are quickly introduced to all the main members of what will soon be the Guardians of the Galaxy. The plot itself isn't groundbreaking but it allows for the film to be centrally focused on the Guardians themselves, and the film benefits because of it.

Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel's latest heroes.

Impressively, Guardians of the Galaxy feels like its own movie separated from the Marvel cinematic universe despite many moments within the film affecting the universe as a whole. This is one of the film's best selling points, allowing itself to deliver a unique, powerful and hilarious adventure that doesn't lean on previous Marvel films to provide an amazing experience.

It does this by offering an outstanding cast that nails their characters perfectly. Vin Diesel's Groot is incapable of saying anything other than "I am Groot," but due to the excellent delivery each statement contains such a powerful portrayal of his inner thoughts. Bradley Cooper does an excellent job as the insane, yet intelligent Rocket, while Chris Pratt's Star-Lord also offers some of the best moments of the film, with the characters charming personality offering unique reactions to cliché moments. Ultimately it is Batista who steals the show with his performance as Drax. The very literal warrior becomes an incessant delivery of laughs. This not only surprised but impressed me as I did not expect the WWE wrestler to deliver such a standout performance, but I now consider his portrayal of Drax to be one of the films shining lights.

The brilliance of the films casting is showcased at its peak when all five members of the Guardians of the Galaxy occupy the same location. Their interplay works magnificently and their ability to bounce off one another with constant hilarity is enjoyable. Guardians of the Galaxy doesn't just deliver on laughs, with a handful of scenes delivering some powerful emotional moments that are further emphasised by the amount of love I had obtained for these characters. Though Lee Pace's performance as the films antagonist Ronan is quite one dimensional, it allowed our heroes to be the focus on the film, and rightfully so.

Guardians of the Galaxy has one of the best movie soundtracks I have heard in years. Star-Lord's story allowed for the soundtrack to contain hit songs from the 60's and 70's. Despite the fact these songs realistically shouldn't match with a sci-fi action film, they work perfectly. The unique soundtrack matches the films charming tone brilliantly and allowed for some iconic scenes that allowed me to further emphasise with Chris Pratt's character, while also providing an excellent case of nostalgia.

Dave Bautista Drax
Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer

Guardians of the Galaxy fires on cylinders, from the excellent casting, hilariously delivered lines or the brilliant soundtrack. Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the most genuinely enjoyable films I have had the pleasure in seeing. Those looking to enjoy one of the best summer blockbusters in years, should do themselves a favour and see the Guardians of the Galaxy.
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