9/10 – IMDb
92% – Rotten Tomatoes
Guardians of the Galaxy, as you may have guessed, is weird. There’s no denying it. Whether you’re a comics junkie or a Marvel virgin, the movie will strike you in different ways than any other superhero film before it. It is also highly, highly entertaining. Marvel has earned the freedom to be loose and creative within the genre it now dominates. But, lest we get ahead of our selves, to the queries!
Should I pay to see it?
You really should. The 3D in which I viewed the film was acceptable but not necessary for enjoyment. As a whole, the movie’s intergalactic battles, jailbreaks, and flights are certainly made to be watched on your cinema’s big screens. Before you go thinking this is just another summer blockbuster riddled with explosions and lacking in other areas, let me set you straight. Director James Gunn and Nicole Perlman (and of course the story’s original creators) crafted a clever script that manages to embrace and subvert superhero-movie tropes simultaneously. For each action sequence or laughable one-liner, there are several sarcastic remarks, usually from Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill or Bradley Cooper’s Rocket.
Without showing his (very handsome) face, Cooper delivers one of his better performances, his wit endlessly sassy and his voice almost unrecognizable at times. Watching a raccoon concoct escape plans and fire large space weapons is also surprisingly funny and satisfying. I’ll get to Pratt later, but let it be known that the Guardians have great chemistry and blend their assorted appearances and schticks to form a completely irreverent and lovable gang.
Could I watch it with a date?
Affirmative. As mentioned above, this movie is not in any way your typical blockbuster. More than infinity stones or stunts, this movie succeeds because of its characters, led by the American treasure that is Chris Pratt. Pratt, who is on the verge of becoming a full-blown superstar by the way, is a comic actor who happened to get jacked for this role, so we don’t have to worry about his ability to make the film’s irreverent levity work. Peter Quill is at times abrasive and vulgar, but he is also a mama’s boy capable of saving the day. All of this makes for an original and refreshing character, one that is comprised of various levels of Han Solo, Andy Dwyer, and Burt Macklin.
Besides Pratt and Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Vin Diesel fill out the crew of good guys. Saldana, quietly building up an impressive resumé, mostly has to deal with the masculine clashing of her comrades, but she also gets to kick ass more impressively than just about anyone else in the movie. Bautista plays Drax, the overly literal muscle of the gang, and his moments of misunderstanding make for some of the funniest moments of the film. He starts out as an outsider, but by the end of the story he feels like a friend, just like the rest of the weirdos. Diesel, as the voice of the simple but profound Groot, fills out the movie’s emotional core. His vocabulary is limited to “I am Groot,” yet his love for Rocket and commitment to protecting his new friends make the final moments heartbreaking. Rocket and Groot are beyond odd as character ideas, but Cooper and Diesel still manage to create one of the most memorable onscreen friendships in recent memory.
Could I watch it with my mother?
Now that’s sort of a personal question!
Probably not ideal for your quality time with mama, but there’s nothing stopping you. No overly graphic language or visuals will disgust mothers, and the aforementioned characters definitely make this movie versatile in terms of attracting widely varying demographics. Moreover, the supporting cast is littered with stars, from the unrecognizable Lee Pace as scary Ronan to John C. Reilly and Glenn Close as belated helpers to the Guardians’ cause. The soundtrack is amazing, the cast is talented and committed to nailing a dry collective humor, and Chris Pratt distracts a bad guy by dancing. Our action heroes and stories are changing, and this one has to make you think it’s for the better.
Yes, you should watch it, and remember: We are Groot.