- Directed by: James Gunn
- With: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper
- 121 Minutes
At last I understand why everyone is hooked on a feeling! After months of waiting, finally I had the chance to watch the newest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU): “Guardians of the Galaxy”! With my high expectations and after the amazing reactions of the first weekend, James Gunn’s movie had everything to be one amazing ride towards space. Before the trailers, everyone thought that this was probably one of the most difficult projects in the Cinematic Universe, since it explores a series of new characters and expands even further the gigantic universe that Marvel is dealing with. A really difficult task I have to say, now that I’ve seen the movie and now that I know a bit more about the importance of “Guardians of the Galaxy” to the MCU. There are new heroes, new enemies and at last the world knows a bit more about what will be introduced in the Phase Three of the project. Since I don’t want to mess up your “Guardians of the Galaxy”, I will publish a new article about the importance of the movie to the future of MCU with the spoilers I’m avoiding in this review.
After stealing a mysterious orb, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) becomes the main target of the villain known as Ronan the Accuser and of Yondu Udonta, who decides to put a price on his head. While Gamora (Zoe Saldana) volunteers herself to find the orb and to bring it to Ronan, Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) are more interested in the prize Yondu put on Quill’s head. When the four of them start fighting in the middle of the city, the guards from Nova Corps, an intergalactic police force that protects the galaxy just like S.H.I.E.L.D. protects Earth, sent them to prison, where they’ll meet Drax (Dave Bautista), a vicious criminal tormented with the loss of his wife and daughter, who were murdered by Ronan. After a successful escape plan, the five of them will have to team up to fight Ronan and his power… In order to do so, Quill creates a team in which he, Gamora, Rocket, Groot and Drax are known as the “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
James Gunn’s newest movie is a mix of amazing things that were not only funny as hell but also packed with action and special effects. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is the result of an amazing combination of action, comedy, adventure, sci-fi and a dazzling soundtrack that is as addicting as the movie itself. In the end, everything worked amazingly well in the movie… With the funniest superheroes I’ve ever seen and a soundtrack that brought everyone back to the good old music from the 70’s and the 80’s, James Gunn’s movie was even better than I expected. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is different from everything Marvel has shown before and that made it look even more special to me.
Despite some specific moments which I won’t refer here to protect you from spoilers, there is almost no drama and sad scenes in “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Everything is addicting, funny and irreverent and the pace is just amazing. I loved “The Avengers” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and I stated previously in one review that both of them were like Marvel’s evidence that superhero movies can be powerful, interesting and amazing at the same time, but “Guardians of the Galaxy” was different and had something special… I don’t know if it was for the pace, or the atmosphere or even the soundtrack but I was really hooked on a feeling during the entire movie and this allows me to state that “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a bit more amazing and surprising.
Chris Pratt, who was the voice of Emmet in “The Lego Movie”, did an amazing job as Star-Lord by being the center of everyone’s attention and at the same time a funny and honorable hero. He delivered a captivating performance with charisma and attitude that I want to watch again in MCU’s up-coming features. Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper were the power couple of the whole movie as Rocket and Groot, two irreverent characters that were dazzling to watch. Vin Diesel’s performance is funny and somehow special while Bradley Cooper was like the little badass of the movie. Together they gave to the movie some great moments and the some of their best lines are being quoted all around the web which shows their relevance in the movie. Dave Bautista was also a surprise… As a man with a huge wish of vengeance, the WWE superstar showed he’s strength in the fights and was the strongest guy on the team (since Groot is “a moving tree”). Zoe Saldana was also always ready to show her strength but for different reasons and gave a bit of girl sexiness to the team.
The charisma and attitude shown by the Guardians was another thing I enjoyed a lot in the movie. They were different heroes and their background was unknown for those who don’t follow Marvel’s Universe in the comic books so Gunn had a really hard job to introduce everyone and still be able to deliver a great movie. A successfully accomplished mission that with great visual effects and action sequences made “Guardians of the Galaxy” look like a mix between Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
Whether is for the great and addicting soundtrack that everyone is talking about, whether is for the charismatic team of heroes that entertained me with jokes and action or whether is for the amazing visual effects that are constantly present, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is in the end a gift every fan of Marvel was expecting for a very long time. An addicting superhero movie different from everything I’ve seen and that stood out perfectly during its entire length. With a terrific cast, amazing surprises, weird characters, “Guardians of the Galaxy” was better than I expected and is a direct entry in my MCU Top 3. Captivating, powerful, funny and irreverent, “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe and marks the beginning of the Phase Three. James Gunn’s movie is a victory for Marvel and from the moment I sat on my seat in the theater to the moment I left it I was amazed and hooked on a feeling!