The geniuses at Marvel Studios have done it again. Their latest movie ‘Guardians of the Galaxy is a funny, action-packed adventure that takes its place amongst Marvel’s other global blockbuster franchises of ‘Iron Man’, ‘Thor,’ ‘Captain America’ and ‘The Avengers.’ Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue No.18, Jan. 1969 (the new team featured in the film was created in May 2008 for Vol. 2, Issue No.1 by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning).
In the film, brash adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunter after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan (Lee Pace), a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a gun-toting raccoon, Groot (Vin Diesel), a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman and it is one of the most funny, engaging and entertaining films this summer. Chris Pratt as Peter Quill is superb. His comedic timing and skill as an actor is phenomenal. He is able to portray Quill the man with a serious case of arrested development along with infectious enthusiasm that is reminiscent of Han Solo. Pratt’s ability to portray the nuances of a pre-teen boy trapped in a man’s body is laugh out loud funny.
For example, Quill’s knowledge comes from the 70’s. He listens to a cassette tape (David Bowie’s ‘Moonage Daydream’, 10cc’s ‘I’m Not In Love’ and ‘Cherry Bomb’ by The Runaways) from that era that allows him to keep in touch with the life he left behind on Earth (he spouts jargon learned from T.V. and movies of that time). The Soundtrack is available on Marvel Music / Hollywood Records.
The cast of reluctant heroes mesh well together and their chemistry allows them to portray their perspective characters as a bickering family of siblings banding together to fight outside forces. Their comradery could be attributed to the fact that Director James Gunn created a stimulating atmosphere by playing the film’s score while filming. Gunn had composer Tyler Bates (he plays a ravager pilot in the film) complete some of the tracks early on and playing them added to the uplifting and congenial atmosphere on set, as well as setting the tone for the scenes.
Zoe Saldana masters her fighting skills as Gamora the green assassin intent on retrieving the orb. Gamora is the lone women on the team who can hold her own in a fight.
Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel lend their voices to the improbable pair of Rocket and Groot. Cooper’s Rocket is spokes raccoon for the one-phrase Groot. It is hilarious to hear Groot utter ‘I am Groot’ and have Rocket interpret his catchphrase into various conversations. While former WWE champ Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer proves that he is more than muscle. He blends into this unorthodox family by routinely mumbling his displeasure.
Joining our heroes are the talented actors Lee Pace, Michael Rookery, Karen Gillian, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector. Of course, there is the standard cameo featuring Stan Lee.
A movie of this magnitude creates challenges when one of the main characters is green along with the varying colors of the races (blue, yellow and pink). There were 50 makeup artists in all, working in teams on each character. A special spray-on makeup was developed by hair/makeup designer, Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (‘Thor: the Dark World’, ‘The Bourne Legacy’) for the varied skin coloring of all the different races of aliens that would not ruin the costumes, but would last through water and dirt.
There is no doubt that Marvel sets the standards in action heroes. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ has earned its place among Marvels’ greatness with its ability to bring joy and pure entertainment to the big screen. One cannot help but anticipate another installment of this excellent film. Be sure to stay in your seat until the end of the credits.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is the premiere space adventure film of the summer. It is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language. It has a run time of 121 minutes.
Source: Marvel Studios