Guardians of the Galaxy Review
Unless you live in another Galaxy you know that Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters today and it’s on our list to see again this weekend with the entire family.
My son and I were fortunate enough to go to a screening to get the low down to share with you and I am fortunate enough that I have a movie / comic aficionado for a son. Thanks to Spencer, below is the back story of the movie so you are not lost unless you are a huge Marvel fan and know all the stories. Hopefully this will help you “be cool” with the kids so you can talk to them about the characters without being at a loss of who is who and where they come from.
This is a do not miss movie for this year. It was the perfect balance of humor, plot, action, character development, and more. There are very few movies I watch more than once and this is one of them.
A few parent notes:
- The rating is PG-13
- Mild profanity and a few words are said that you almost miss them
- While there is fighting and exploding star crafts in this movie, there are no “scary” shocking scenes
- For my kids, I would have taken them to see this at any age but that is me
One thing I would like to point out is Rocket… if you did not know it was Bradley Cooper you would soon figure it out as somehow they were able to make it seem like you are watching Bradley Cooper. Maybe it was just me… let me know if you feel that you saw his smile and expressions in Rocket.
And now, for the back story and overview…
Guardians of the Galaxy Review
Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest installment in a long line of Marvel movies that bring comic books to life on the big screen in a spectacular way. Everyone knows of Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk but Guardians of the Galaxy follows the story of four equally important heroes, Peter Quill, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and Gamora, as they run around the galaxy trying to stop Ronan the Accuser from destroying the planet Xandaria and the rest of the galaxy with the power of one of the Infinity gems.
Guardians of the Galaxy starts out on a somber note with a young Peter Quill sitting in a hospital with his grandfather and mother who would soon succumb to cancer in front of Peter’s eyes. Upon her death, Peter runs out of the hospital and is abducted by an alien ship that would ultimately shape him into the Peter Quill or Starlord we see today. Many years pass and we see Peter flying to a random planet in search of an orb that will eventually lead him to Groot, Rocket Raccoon, and will lead Gamora to him because she is in search of the orb as well. While fighting, they are all arrested by the Xandarian police and it is then that the unlikely heroes make their bonds in prison and set out to take the orb to its rightful owner and away from Ronan so that he can’t destroy Xandaria and anything else while in possession of the orb.
Many times during action movies you’re wanting some comic relief to take away from the fighting, death, and explosions and Guardian of the Galaxy manages to do that in droves. If you were a fan of the way Marvel did Tony Stark’s character by making him witty and always thinking of things to say then you’ll love Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy. Because he isn’t your polished up hero like Thor or your super genius with tons of money like Tony, you get to see that even someone as basic and grounded as Peter as a person who is trying to have fun with his job rather than someone who is supposed to save the day. Even though he does turn into a hero of sorts, he still has that humanity in him that’s always trying to make the best out of the situation in a funny way and survive by any means possible. That being said, even though he is a normal guy with no real powers, he still manages to lay down some serious pain on those who try to stop him at his mission even if it’s with a little help from the other three.
For those of you who don’t know, Gamora, the green alien played by Zoe Saldana, is the step daughter of Thanos who was seen at the end of The Avengers and is always one of their most feared and toughest enemies. Thanos is seen a few times in Guardians of the Galaxy as someone seeking out the orb for himself so that he can complete the Infinity Gauntlet and take over the galaxy and possibly even the universe. Gamora is a trained assassin of Thanos and she acts like an assassin by being literal and calculated throughout almost the entire movie with little hints of compassion and humor thrown in for good measure. Her and Quill form an inevitable connection by the end of the movie even though she despises him at the start.
Gamora’s seriousness and literalness is outdone, however, by Drax who is basically a beefed up Spock in that he doesn’t understand metaphors and takes everything literally and it is pointed out many times by Quill who is trying to make jokes that Drax doesn’t understand. Because of his lack of a funny bone and grasp on metaphors and sarcasm, Drax is seen getting in fights with Groot, Rocket, and almost Quill at times.
Rocket Raccoon is the result of multiple experiments to try and put a higher power brain into a lower life form like a Raccoon. Rocket knows of his inferior size and makes up for it with an expertise in weaponry and robotics and can make just about any weapon he chooses to help him out with a problem. He also knows that because he is small, he is weak and he makes up for that with his buddy Groot.
Groot is a humanoid tree who is the muscle of the pair and is seen throughout the movie protecting Rocket with his size and strength while he is shooting at people. Even though Groot can only really say three words, he is often one of the funniest characters in the movie by the way he acts and reacts to things that he’s done. For example, after impaling a line of enemies and clearing a path for the rest for the rest of team, Groot turns to them and just smiles and that’s enough to make just about everyone laugh.
It’s the little things like that in Guardians of the Galaxy that make it great. The relationship that Rocket and Groot has is identical to that of Han Solo and Chewbaca because of that brain and brawn dynamic and also because every time Groot says “I am Groot”, Rocket is there to translate everything he says into English much Han is able to for Chewbaca’s groans and growls. Oh by the way, in Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket always shoots first.
There was honestly nothing blatantly wrong with Guardians of the Galaxy like there was with Iron Man 3 and the “Mandarin” and it struck the perfect blend of humor and action and they were able to push the limit of how much humor they could put into an action Marvel movie because Quill is just a person who likes to have fun rather than some pronounced hero who is supposed to hold an image.
The movie looked great even in 3D, which I hate, and the special effects are on par with everything that’s come out of Marvel so far.
Guardians of the Galaxy is probably one of the best if not the best Marvel movie to date and everyone needs to go see it because it’s a hero movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, the chemistry of the heroes is perfect, the special effects are fantastic, the story is solid, and because you need to see how this all ties into the other Marvel movies and how Guardians of the Galaxy may or may not cross paths with the Avengers in the near future.
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