Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy is a new franchise in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) about a new group of heroes who team up to help save the galaxy.

Guardians is the story of a group of rag tag thiefs and criminals who band together after some chance encounters to work together as a team who help save the galaxy from the evil Ronan the Accuser. The team consists of Starlord (a thief), Gamora (an assassin), Rocket (a Raccoon), Groot (a walking tree) and Drax the Destroyer (a man who’s family were murdered and he is out for revenge) and together they form a very formidable team.

I had varying expectations for Guardians, there is the obvious expectation of quality that Marvel currently bring to the table with movies, then there was trepidation about a franchise I knew very little about, which left me in the situation of being mildly excited about this film, even the trailers (which looked excellent) didn’t peak my excitement too much. But deliver on all fronts the film most certainly does, your gifted with a very funny space epic.

Chris Pratt leads the human cast of the film as Peter Quill aka Star Lord, a human from earth who has lived in space his entire adult life as a thief. Pratt plays the role to perfection as much as the strong leader that the group lead as he is funny in his, never grown up persona. Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista finish off the main human cast as Gamora and Drax, both are again great in their roles, more so Bautista (an ex-wrestler) who really captures the character of Drax so well and his comic timing is impecable. Saldana, although good in her role, it also seems like a role she could of done in her sleep or another 100 women actors could of played, Gamora just doesn’t really stand out like the others.

The real stars of the show are the CGI characters Rocket and Groot who are voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, both steal the show, especially Rocket with his quick wit. These two characters are likely to be the ones most people will look forward to seeing again in the already announced sequel, I for one can’t wait to see where they take the characters next.

Another surprising thing I found about this film was the amount of swearing throughout the film, Marvel has had the odd curse word in their films, but Guardians has an abundance of swearing littered throughout the film, not that I’m complaining, I was just a little surprised as hearing it, so it’s maybe not quite as kid friendly as some may think.

Guardians of the Galaxy is ultimately a hugely fun sci-fi action epic, it’s a fantastic blend of films like Indiana Jones and Star Wars and James Gunn has put together a film I will be watching for years to come. The bar has really been set now by Marvel, Star Wars has a massive task of matching it in next years episode VII.

Guardians is simple the most fun you will have had at the cinema this Summer and Avengers aside this is possibly the best stand-alone Marvel film to date, I can’t stress how much you should go see this and just sit back and enjoy an amazing 2 hours.

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Alan Horne

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