Ever since I saw the trailer for “Guardians of the Galaxy” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” I knew this film was going to be great. I have never seen a film so many times willingly in the theater before. The opening scene of the film with young Peter Quill and his dying mother to where he ends up being abducted was really powerful. The characters I found to be very charming. The pairing of Rocket and Groot was genius. Both Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel do such a good job bringing their vocal talents to use in creating the souls of the CGI characters. Chris Pratt became a superstar with this film. I didn’t know much about him as an actor, but looking back I saw that he was in a bunch of films that I liked in supporting roles.
The only negatives I have with the film is that sometimes the comedy seemed a bit too much, I felt it didn’t need to be overly funny to work. Ronan the Accuser could have been better developed but that’s the case with most Marvel villains. This is a mcguffin style film where an object must be obtained to win the journey. I do wish that this isn’t the case with future Guardians films. I would like to see the team do something else that doesn’t require such object. The supporting cast of Glenn Close and John C. Reilly was great. They do a solid job bringing more gravitas to the picture for star names.
Gamora: I’m a warrior, an assassin. I don’t dance.
Peter Quill: Really? Well, on my planet, we have a legend about people like you. It’s called Footloose. And in it, a great hero, named Kevin Bacon, teaches an entire city full of people with sticks up their butts that, dancing, well, is the greatest thing there is.
Gamora: …Who put the sticks up their butts?
Zoe Saldana’s character of Gamora I found very interesting, though I wish they had done more with her. I felt they didn’t expand upon her character to get her backstory. You were told that she was an assassin but she didn’t feel that she was deadly enough. Nebula i felt was more deadly and spontaneous as an adopted daughter of Thanos. I hope that their relationship is explored further. Benecio Del Toro’s Collector is such a memorable eccentric character. His post credit appearance in “Thor: The Dark World” was such an intro to who this character was, and what he is after. Yondu who plays as a father figure for Peter Quill was basically a blue “Merle” from “The Walking Dead.” Michael Rooker is a great actor, he just doesn’t have as much range.
Overall this is a great fun film that has immense rewatchability. The plot may be simplistic but it’s always fun to watch a bunch of well written rag-tag group of characters come together to find common ground and form a unit for a better cause. And I of course can’t forget to mention the wonderful soundtrack that James Gunn helped put together to be one of the best compilations of music out there. James did a wonderful job and put a lot of care into the film.