Thursday, 7 August 2014

Marvel Takes to the Stars - Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Many have looked at Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy as The Avengers in space. Whilst this wouldn’t be massively inaccurate, writing off the latest addition to the cinematic universe as a simple rehashing of the 2012 blockbuster would be doing the film a disservice, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you missed out on it. Guardians of the Galaxy is a funny, action-packed movie, that is not only a great addition to the series, but a great standalone sci-fi action film.

Chris Pratt leads as Peter Quill, aka Starlord. Picked up from Earth as a kid and grown up into a “legendary outlaw” as he put it. Joined by an all star cast, featuring Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel, who all work great with the writing, and create a whole team of likeable characters who bounce better off eachother than the Avengers ever did.

Starlord reluctantly teams up  with Gamora (Saldana), a deadly assassin, Rocket (Cooper), a genetically modified raccoon with a taste for destruction, Groot (Diesel), Rocket’s muscle, and Drax (Dave Batista), a mass of muscle with a personal reason for taking on the film’s antagonist – Ronan the Accuser.

The story revolves around a mysterious orb stolen by Starlord, who everyone wants to get their hands on. That’s all I can really say without spoiling anything, but just rest assured that it draws from a rich background of comic book history, including Infinity Gems, Celestials and of course – Thanos. It’s an intricately told story, only made better by the chemistry of the characters.

The film also boasts some truly spectacular visuals. Groot and Rocket aren’t the best CGI I’ve ever seen, but they are passable. The real visual splendour lies in the huge set pieces placed throughout the film, and most notably the incredible climax. If you like Star Wars you’re gonna love this. A huge battle with thousands of fighters flying around is really not something you can sleep through.

It’s Star Wars meets the Avengers. If you think that sounds awesome, then you’d be dead right. When I wasn’t on the edge of my seat watching the intense and hugely entertaining action scenes, I was laughing out loud at one of the characters, all of whom have both comic and emotional appeal. Witty, thrilling and emotional, from start to finish I was never bored, which in a 2 hour film is quite an impressive feat. Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the best Marvel films yet, and is a must see for any action, sci-fi or superhero fan. Just make sure you stay until the end of the credits!

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