In 2014 after the release of Captain America: Civil War, Marvel Studios released another film, this time it’s about a rag tag group of strangers join forces to save the galaxy from a powerful tyrant. The group of strangers I’m referring to is the titular team “Guardians Of The Galaxy.” Before the review, let’s start with a history lesson about the team shall we?
The Guardians first appeared in 1969, however the characters depicted in recent times, didn’t appear in the vey beginning until 2008. The pre-2008 characters who were introduced are Major Astro, Charlie-27, Martinex, Starhawk, and Yondu. (The only original member who would occasionally help out the 2008 version.)
The current team made their solo comic debuts in order are Groot, Drax, Gamora, Star-Lord, & my personal favorite out of the bunch, Rocket Raccoon.
After a few appearances in cartoons, video games, card games, etc. In 2012, Marvel Studios/Disney decided it was time to begin pre-production on adapting the team onto to the big screen. Filmmaker James Gunn (Known for his work on Scooby-Doo, it’s sequel, Slither, & Super.) was recruited to write the script and direct the picture.
Several auditions later, Chris Pratt (who was working on Parks & Recreations at the time.) was chosen and became Peter Quill/Star-Lord, the leader/main protagonist of the film. Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek reboot) signed on as Gamora, wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista also signed on as Drax. Action star, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious, Riddick, Triple XXX) provided voice work and motion capture as Groot. Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (Hangover trilogy, American Sniper) also went on to voice Rocket Raccoon.
Fun Fact: Vin Diesel took the role of Groot because of the relationship between Groot and Rocket, relates to his real life friendship of him and the late Paul Walker, he even named his daughter Paulina, after his best friend.
Now that we I’ve covered some interesting details let’s get on with the pros and cons. Don’t worry if you’ve haven’t seen it the movie, it’s a non-spoiler review, so feel free to read it.
Awesome: The acting from the main stars did an excellent job for their portrayals of the characters.
The supporting cast consisting of Michael Rooker, Karen Gillian, John C. Riley, & Glenn Close also did good job for their performances.
This movie has personality from the five main leads which makes them unique.
Action Sequences are spectacular with space battles added for the first time in the Marvel Ciematic Universe.
Visaul Effects look superb. Couldn’t see anything wrong from the naked eye.
Cinematography looks splendid.
The Awesome Mix Vol. 1 which is Star-Lord’s mixtape, has some catchy tunes from the 70’s.
Well written dialogue containing jokes got me laughing.
Th opening credits sets up the tone for the movie shifting appropriately from drama to comedy. D.C. Films if you’re reading this, take some notes.
The Three Act Structure was polished just like a pair of boots.
The climax has one of the best variations of the David Vs. Goliath, not involing one on one, but five on one which raises the stakes.
Like most Marvel films, this contains a post-credits scene. Don’t miss it!
The whole film wasn’t boring from start to finish.
Cons: I couldn’t find anything wrong in this particular picture.
Final Verdict: A for a Apex.
It’s one of my favorite Marvel movies of all time next to Logan, Deadpool, Avengers & X-Men 2.
So what are you waiting for, get off your gluteus maximus, introduce the Guardians to a friend who haven’t seen it & don’t forget to buy the video game focusing on the Guaridans Of The Galaxy by TellTale Games if you’re prepping up for the upcoming sequel.