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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ super hero fun with that eighties groove

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)


In Marvel’s latest movie, “Guardians of the GalaxyChris Pratt stars as Peter Quill, aka Star Lord. Peter was abducted by an alien ship after the death of his mother and taken to another world; fast forward to a harsh alien world where Peter is now a scavenger, collecting booty for money when he comes across the orb, a small silver ball. The orb is a mysterious object which has powers that are as yet not understood.

A campy action filled ride
A campy action filled ride
Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper and Dave Bautista in 'Guardians of the Galxy'

Peter is set on selling the orb, and goes to Nova Prime to do so. While he is there he meets Gamora, Zoe Saldana, who is the adopted daughter of Thanos, Josh Brolin, who is also on a mission to get the orb. Later, he meets Rocket, (voiced by Bradley Cooper, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Drax, Dave Bautista. They are an odd group, yet they share commonalities.

When they discover that the orb is a source of great destructive power, they decide to band together in the hopes that they will save the galaxy from a variety of villains including Ronan, Lee Pace and Thanos, and those who work for him.

Peter carries around with him a mix tape that his mother made for him, which contains music from the seventies and eighties. The music which he listens to is a link to his mother and provides light humor throughout the film. Similarly, at the end of the film, music is used as diversion since by its very nature, it is a foreign concept. Both Gamora and Ronan, have no idea what music or even dancing are, and this provides ample opportunities for light hearted banter.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is a delightful romp in which furry creatures such as Rocket become super heroes (rocket launcher ready and fully loaded) and trees are big teddy bears whose limbs are used as artillery and then as shelter for those they love.

While the roles of Peter, Gamora, Rocket and Groot are all well done, Drax is the one weak link in the chain. His lines often seem labored in their delivery as if he is reading from a script. This lends a bit of artifice to a film, which otherwise, is fluid in its presentation. Yes, this is fantasy and so we are expected to suspend belief, yet it should not feel as if the actors themselves have not done the same.

This is one minor flaw though, and considering that Drax is not the lead, but secondary character, it can be forgiven. On the whole, if taken as a singular unit “Guardians of the Galaxy” incorporates good campy fun, with elements of Star Wars (the reluctant hero who finds his purpose and saves the day). The question is not will they save the galaxy, but how will they do it? That they do it with a wink and a nod adds spice and flavor to a genre (super heroes) which some maybe tiring of.

For parents, this film is extremely kid friendly. Yes, there are moments of tension; however it is devoid of salaciousness, foul language or even extreme violence. That does not mean it is not fun. It is, yet, the writers seemed to understand that you can incorporate action, without having to appeal to these baser elements.

That this film does not take everything so seriously gives the audience moments of respite within the film, in which we can laugh with the heroes, which allows us to be a part of their gags, instead of feeling like we are mere spectators to a stationary art.

It is clear from the ending that there will be a sequel, make sure to stay to the end of the credits for a small homage to another zany comic character. Small bits such as this, let us know that not only were the film makers having fun, but they were using every moment within the film to make the most of what they had, and to give the audience as much as they could. This one is well worth the time and money.