Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

With one great film, you get many others trying desperately to emulate the style, or humour, feeling of that one film.

Sometimes its the same makers, whenever they make a sequel. Or try to.

One obvious example of a great one, is Shrek. One of the reasons this was so well loved and its style copied, was because of its humour and its focus. It took the mickey out of fairy tales, but cleverly. It didn't do too much and topple under the weight.

This film, has heart. It is a great comedic story, if you ignore the opening scene and has the added bonus of being set in, for the most part - space. Its a movie to watch with friends, as its a fun movie to do that, and that is the main theme of the whole story, something that is strangely missing from most films these days. Shrek fans, rejoice, someone has not copied, but has been inspired by one of the greats.

Chris Pratt's character, Peter Quill, also known as Star Lord, a nickname he is desperate to have stick, introduces us to this mad world and his life which is haphazard and yet also a fun wild ride, which of course is his main goal. During the film he allies himself with a motley group, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Drax (Dave Bautista) and they have a very simple (and yet not) object.

Saving the world.

Yes, a concept we have seen time and time again, but in the hands of those who know how to make a great film, you easily forgive the plot and instead just enjoy yourself. The cast know full well what kind of film this is, but they still give their all to their characters.

The supporting cast are no less great, John C Reilly, Glenn Close, Lee Pace, Peter Serafinowicz, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn and Laura Haddock.

Those who have seen Thor: the Dark World (or more specifically the first scene after the credits) will recognise a few characters and be reminded that this film is part of the Marvel Universe and as such, there will be sequels.

Comments

  1. This quote comes from, strangely a sequel that manages to keep the style and humour (also quality) of the first one.

    “Roy: Guys, do whatever you want to the kid, but that's my watch you're holding.
    Fagin #1: Well, there's a load of us, and only two of you, so piss off!
    Roy: Easy fellas, you lost one war this way, don't make the same mistake twice.”

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