I know this review comes a little late as Guardians of the Galaxy has been out for several weeks now, but you know how life goes, and I’ve only just seen it.
When I first saw the trailer, I thought this was going to be cheap attempt at using another Marvel comic for (strictly) commercial gain. But after repeatedly hearing about how great the movie was I had to check it out. I set my worries aside and jumped in, and holy hell am I glad I did!
So setting is, Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord, aka Andy from Parks and Rec aka Chris Pratt) is abducted into space after his mother passes away in the hospital. Naturally he turns to a life of crime but still has a heart of gold. He is hired to retrieve some Orb, and it turns out several others want it too. Then a whole bunch of plot happens and he gets stuck with the individuals you see beside him in the photo above. I might explain it, but that would really ruin the movie for those who haven’t seen it.
Mostly this review is about reassuring anyone and everyone this isn’t just some dumb comedy with superheros. It’s not a live action version of Team America. Yes this movie is funny, yes it has a bloody brilliant soundtrack, but there are several real, touching, deep moments that come across when revealing the separate characters back-story. There is one monologue in particular by Rocket, (the raccoon with Bradley Cooper voice acting) that is especially riveting and I think is worth the price of admission alone.
What I’m getting at is, this film has substance.
And of course, those dramatic substantive moments are broken up with good comedy.
So here’s the thing, you have to see it to believe it. Guardians of the Galaxy is a great time, and a fantastic addition to the Marvel series. I rate it 4/5, would see in theaters again.
If you’re even still on the fence and my amaze-balls review, check out the trailer below!