By TheAcidSkull 22 Comments
You know when Guardians of the galaxy was announced I wasn’t really excited, because I didn’t really know much about them. And I’m sure a lot of none comic book readers were pretty surprised as well and asked the question “Guardians of the what?” Which is to be expected, this was kind of a big risk because the other movies did have some relatively known faces. Anyways, I didn’t really know what to expected, so when the movie started receiving positive reviews I was kind more intrigued, because usually, movies, especially superhero movies, tend to have mixed reactions, but with Guardians of the Galaxy the good outweighed the bad. So now that I’m done making a formal introduction, I’m ready to begin the review (Yes I just said that.)
Before actually talking about the cast and characters, I’d like to congratulate the movie on something very important, it knows what it wants to be. Yeah, I know, pretty weird to give points to a movie on what should be a normal thing for any flick, but sadly, Guardians of the Galaxy is the second movie after Winter Soldier to select a tone it WANTS and utilize it to the fullest. The other Marvel Phase 2 movies couldn’t really settle on a tone so a lot of the moments were cringe worthy, but this doesn’t happen here. Guardians of the Galaxy makes it VERY clear that it’s a comedy/ action movie. No moment made me sigh or cringe, in fact I was either laughing or grabbing my seat to enjoy the cool action scenes. It’s serious where it needs to be, and doesn’t over do it with the drama, nor does it try to make you cry or anything like that. The movie is a fun ride, with a lot of charm.
Speaking of charm, the characters were a lot of fun to watch, because they were so diverse and yet so similar in so many ways that it was just a blast to watch them interact with one another. Now obviously Quill was supposed the main focus (and he is), but that doesn’t mean that the side characters get the short end of the stick. Starr lord was really cool; he was basically a twisted version of robin hood, but that’s not a bad thing. A charming hero who seems horrible at first but has a heart of gold fits in with the atmosphere of the movie. Perfectly His interaction with Gamora was also very intriguing and fun, because in many ways they are kind of opposites. Gamora is a warrior who takes a lot of things very seriously, so watching her chill along side Quill works really well for a movie about misfits. Moreover, I know a lot of people didn’t like/or had mixed feelings about Drax, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like him. Yes, Drax was basically a tough nutjob, but you have to consider that this is actually a positive thing for the movie. Drax’s origin includes his family getting murdered, so them focusing on that too much might have clashed with the movies tone( plus we already had enough drama from Quills side), which is exactly what Marvel needs to avoid in the future. Drax was a crazy murderer who finds a new family among the other outcasts, which is exactly what the movies showcases, and that’s actually a pretty decent character arc. I don’t know if they plan on exploring Drax’s origin when we meet Thanos, but I know that I had a lot of fun with Batista’s portrayal. Rocket Racoon pretty much goes through a very similar arc as well, but it’s done from a different angle. I won’t say more than that, because I might spoil what Rocket’s troubles are, but I will tell you that he steals the show a lot, which is to be expected. Bradley Cooper did a great job. However, not matter how awesome the characters were, my favorite stills has to be Groot. Say what you will, but for guy who can say three f*cking words, Groot has a lot of personality. His facial expressions, actions, and movements tell you that he is a loyal friend and a brave hero. The scenes with him were not only hilarious, but beautiful as well. This brings me to my next point, if the writers can make Groot a lovable character with a lot of personality, how hard was it to make a cool villain? Ronin maybe better than Malekith, but he is still pretty forgettable. At a certain point I thought “HEY! This might be the point where Ronin actually starts showing more attitude!”but no, it was the point he became a complete brick with zero wit. Loki wasn’t powerful, but he had some great moments, not matter how hard you knocked him down he would still look at you with that evil, menacing smile. You couldn’t break him. Ronin is just a tough brick who only looks grim and scary, and that’s about it. Real shame.
On the other hand, despite the fact that Ronin was a forgettable villain, the action was still pretty amazing. Everything in this movie is a visual treat. I love how they basically show you the lore and the rich worlds that currently exist in the galaxy. There is a certain scene where they really combine the visual capabilities with Marvel's lore, and if you've seen the movie you'll know exactly what moment I am referring too. The fights scenes weren't overdone either(Man of Steel I love you but you MAY have order-done it at a certain point), the movie balanced everything out, so you were never bored throughout the whole flick. My personal favorite was Ronin Vs Drax, because it kinda did show just how powerful the main villains was.
Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy may be flawed, but it's definitely a good movie, and a fun one too. It has a lot of charm and it knows exactly what it wants to show you, so just sit back and enjoy. This a movie a lot of people can enjoy, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.