Guardians of the Galaxy - Review
Guardians Of The Galaxy – August 1, 2014 (10/10)
Guardians Of The Galaxy is the most fun I’ve had at the movies. Everything works so well together that you can’t help but smile from ear to ear throughout the entire movie. The cast is perfect, the story is perfect and the music is perfect. Other critics have called this the new Star Wars and I couldn’t agree more. It’s not easy creating an entirely new universe but Guardians Of The Galaxy is executed with such grace that you’ll be transported to a completely new and exciting world.
The story follows Peter Quill aka Starlord (Chris Pratt), who travels around stealing artifacts and other relics to cash in on. But after he swipes an orb, it turns out to be the most sought after treasure in the galaxy. This puts Starlord on the most wanted list, which grabs the attention of Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel). After they fight over the orb, they all end up in jail and meet Drax (Dave Bautista). It’s there that they decide to team up and go after the villain, Ronan (Lee Pace). The five of them make for the most badass and hilarious ragtag group of heroes.
The personalities of all these characters are what make this movie so much fun to watch. Everyone’s emotions feel authentic. No one is annoying or unbelievable in the way they act. All their charisma and charm is grounded in their own realities. Even the villains’ motives come across as natural and convincing. There isn’t one character in this entire movie that feels out of place. It’s a brilliant accomplishment in creating an original and pure universe.
The movie also flawlessly blends the action, humor and pace from beginning to end. The special effects are so well done that it brings this story to life. Every set piece in the film is convincing and has a tremendous amount of depth to it. Nothing looks like a studio set with a green screen. Much like Star Wars, every town and community is a living world with it’s own characters and landscapes. Without that, the movie would not carry the same weight.
But what really brings this movie together is the music. The songs of the 70s and 80s were fun and uplifting and their melodies instantly put you in a good mood. They seamlessly flow together with the tone of the action, story and characters. The combination of everything has you dancing on the edge of your seat while laughing. It’s a sensation that I haven’t felt from any other movie. And it’s a reminder of how awful today’s music has become.
Overall, Guardians Of The Galaxy is the most fun you’ll have at the movies. Director James Gunn’s previous films included Slither, Super and one of the shorts from Movie 43. Just when I thought his movies couldn’t get any dumber, he goes and does something like this and TOTALLY REDEEMS HIMSELF. The 3D is post-converted, but it’s one of the best post-conversions I’ve seen. I highly recommend seeing this in IMAX or the biggest screen you can find. It’s also one of those movies that you’ll want to see over and over again.