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Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy: Ain't no thing like me, except me

Guardians of the galaxy

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The Guardians of the Galaxy is a great intersection of humor, action, and creativity. It’s the latest from Marvel Studios and Marvels boldest film yet.
The movie manages to create the perfect influx of all its aspects to create an extremely fresh take on comic book based films. It utilizes the talents of Chris Pratt (Delivery Man), Zoe Saldana (Out of the Furnace), Dave Bautista (The Man with the Iron Fist), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Vin Diesel (Riddick), Michael Rooker (Super) and Lee Pace (Lincoln). It also features appearances by John C. Riely (Wreck-It-Ralph), Djmon Hunsou (Baggage Claim), Benico Dell Toro (Thor: The Dark World), Glenn Close (The Stepford Wives), and Josh Brolin (Oldboy).
Nearly six years after starting their own movie production company Marvel comics, also known as Marvel Studios is finally getting the hang of making movies. Their latest film, The Guardians of the Galaxy, is nearly flawless. It captivates and dazzles. “Guardians” doesn't have many of the shortcomings that have plagued a number of films (Iron Man 3 and Thor) that Marvel Studios have released to date such as non-epic climaxes, flawed villain performances, and being forced to adhere too much to an origin story.
“Guardians” much like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it is not shackled by the confines of adhering to the rules of a well-known story. This film flourishes because of that. It features all of the necessary aspects to make a comic based film great and then some. In addition, it has a great epic climax that befits the film. The Guardians of the Galaxy is the most original story by Marvel and a great story of science fiction. The story is well written and creatively embeds a number of characters as well as references to multiple aspects (Nova Corps, The Kree Empire) of the Marvel universe that hardcore comic book lovers will recognize and love while still being extremely relatable by the casual fan. Those aspects thoroughly increase the enjoyment of the film exponentially. A quote from one of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon, sums up the film with a great quote "Ain't no thing like me except me."
The film has great pacing. It moves along very well. It’s not too fast that you can’t enjoy its better moments but it’s very upbeat. “Guardians” blends the humorous aspects extremely so that they accentuate the story and don’t feel like they’re forced. “Guardians” is also accentuated by great cinematography/special effects that are first rate and blockbuster caliber. The look of the film and the characters are fantastic.
The cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy mesh extremely well. They have great camaraderie among the quartet of stars. Bradley Cooper stands out in his role as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, he’s easily one of the best aspects of the film. Nearly all of Rocket’s snarky attitude and witty dialogue deserve applause. Chris Pratt has his first breakout role and will surely garner a lot of attention because of his role in this film. Much like Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and other lesser known stars before him that made a good performance in comic book based film, we will surely be seeing more of Mr. Pratt because of his role as Peter Quill aka Star Lord. The other members of the Guardians, Gamora (Saldana), Draxx (Batistua), and Groot (Diesel) each have great contributions to the story. Michael Rooker is great in his limited screen time as Yondu and Lee Pace gives a dastardly evil performance as Ronan.
As Marvel studios expands its grasp on the motion picture industry, the Guardians of the Galaxy is the first Marvel film to feature lesser known characters
as it continues the expansion of the marvel cinematic universe. This movie may not be the best movie of this summer but it is the most fun at the movies you’ll have. While it’s not as good as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes or Maleficent, It can certainly hold its own and legitimately stake a claim for it. The Avengers may be the film that everyone measures most Marvel films by, and for as great as it was, the Avengers isn’t nearly as enjoyable as this film. The Guardians of the Galaxy has a legitimate claim to being Marvel’s best overall film. I’d rank it behind The Incredible Hulk (2009), Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and tied with the Avengers. Personally, I had my reservations about this film and even prejudged it in thinking that it would flop. I was completely wrong about this film and loved every minute of it. It’s clearly a must see.