A shot in the arm is in order for the box office and it may come in the form of "Guardians of the Galaxy." Even if the glut of superheroes has taken its toll, this escapism movie may hit the spot.
After "Guardians of the Galaxy" gets digested, it could be a good thing. It not only has the potential of creating great characters (and likable), the music will hit home for the nostalgic crowd, and the baby boomers.
The soundtrack alone may be one reason to head to "Guardians of the Galaxy." If one loves the 1970s, get ready. The movie just gets started and on comes "I'm Not in Love" by 10cc, then not long after that, "Go All the Way" by the Raspberries. But, it is the reason for the mix tape that is important. No spoilers here as this is not a review, either.
The Wrap noted that the film could very well end up in the $60-70 million range. Not bad at all considering the slump of late. The box office needs a fun movie that perhaps knocks some cobwebs out.
"Guardians of the Galaxy" stars a plethora of known actors, and two well-known voices. First, the voices, and they matter here. Bradley Cooper is Rocket Raccoon, who is vital to this movie and Vin Diesel is Groot, a tree. But it is Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista who are the core of the film. Other notables include Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio Del Toro.
If it wants to create characters that people latch on to, Rocket and Groot fit the bill. Rocket could have gone the way of Jar Jar Binks, but that doesn't happen. Plus, the battle scenes are actually fun to watch. Most superhero films of late are about a half hour too long. This one is just right.
But again, the soundtrack is the glue. Pop in the mix tape and enjoy this one.
It is rated PG-13.