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Guardians of the Galaxy Review: Entertaining Start to Finish

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)


This writer has seen Guardians of the Galaxy three times so far and still loves it. Plenty critics have mentioned faults with this film. It does have the mentioned faults like villains that could have used a little personality or Drax needing more development, but the film is so thoroughly entertaining that the faults are minor and don’t detract from the enjoyment of the film. It's a popcorn movie for certain, but it's not a popcorn movie people that people have to defend by saying it's a popcorn movie (like certain idiotic action and comedy movies).
Guardians of the Galaxy succeeds in areas where a lot of other films of all genres failed. There is plenty of laugh out loud humor. It’s funnier than the vast majority of so-called comedies (especially films starring the likes of Adam Sandler and Ashton Kutcher). While this writer hasn’t actually seen Blended or Sex Tape yet, for example, she wagers that Guardians was a lot funnier than those films. Groot actually has a moment that is up there with the Hulk smashing Loki in the Avengers. Rocket the Raccoon could have easily been a silly, kid oriented character, but his humor comes from him being clever and wisecracking. Drax doesn’t understand metaphors or sarcasm, and this makes for some great comedic moments. Chris Pratt as Star Lord does a great job walking the line of man child and sympathetic character. He’s in category of Han Solo and Mal Reynolds, but he’s no carbon copy. Zoe Saldana continues to show that women can have both beauty and talent. Gamora has perhaps suffered the most of all the characters in the film, but seems to be the most sane. She has plenty of funny and awesome moments. While this film has a lot of gut bustingly funny moments, it has plenty of moments of gravitas (Ronan and Thanos are trying to destroy the Galaxy and Nebula (played menacingly well by Karen Gillan) and genuinely touching moments. Even Rocket, the wisecracker shows his soft side.
The action in this film is impressive. The climatic battle gives plenty of face time and memorable moments to a number of characters (DC certainly shouldn’t try to copy Marvel, but this is one thing the makers of the Man of Steele sequels should take note of). Yondu Udonta (Micheal Rooker) gets a particularly standing O worthy moment. The members of the team all blend well into the action and play pivotal roles in the battle. It feels like the opposite of the 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four movies where the action was contrived around the abilities of the individual team members.
Director James Gunn continues to show that it is important for Marvel to have great story tellers adapting the comics to the silver screen rather than story sellers with blockbuster experience. Like Joss Whedon and the Russo Brothers, James Gunn has a love for the source material and a focus on the entire ensemble. It makes it that much more disappointing that Edgar Wright is no longer involved with Ant Man as he could have continued that tradition.
This writer plans on pre-ordering the DVD/Bluray combo pack of Guardians of the Galaxy and will probably have all the lines memorized by this time next year.