What is it?
The latest in Marvel Studios Phase Two project that takes Marvel’s movieverse further into the cosmos and adapts one of Marvel’s less mainstream comics.
Who is in it?
A giant cast that includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Djimon Hounsou, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro…and if that’s not enough, Rob Zombie, Seth Green, Josh Brolin and even Nathan Fillion and Lloyd Kaufman show up! Some of them are harder to find in the film than others, just so you know.
What is it about?
Thanos wants an Infinity Stone but his ally Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) wants the power for himself and now it is up to a ragtag team of misfits; the outlaw Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), the assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), thugs Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel), and the mad man for revenge Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), to team together to stop the galaxy from being destroyed.
Did you see that?
Marvel Studios know how to pick the right director for the right job and they continued to hit their undefeated streak by having James Gunn really nail the fun, action and humor the film has going for it.
The cast is about as perfect as it can be. Even if some of the characters are adjusted from the page to the screen, every actor felt tailor made for their role and they brought these characters to life and made them something to watch. Even if it was just Vin Diesel magically knowing how to read the lines “I am Groot” and make them actually having meaning and weight to them.
Great villains! Lee Pace was chilling as Ronan and Karen Gillan was ruthless as Nebula (not to mention, it was nice to see her not play Amy Pond—we couldn’t get that from her in Oculus).
Exciting action! But when do we not get that in a Marvel film?
Never ending hilarity! Gunn really knew how to balance the film so that there is great action and ridiculously satisfying comedy.
Marvel loves their post-credit sequences and, this time, we really got something special.
Literally nothing. I flippin’ loved this film!
Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge risk on Marvel’s part because these characters aren’t as well-known as Iron Man or Thor but the gambit paid off thanks to great marketing but, even greater thanks, to James Gunn and the entire cast and crew. This might be one of the best Marvel films ever done because it is, in a word, fun. The movie never slows down and kept me smiling the entire way through.
For an expanded review of Guardians of the Galaxy, check it out on my site!
Rev. Ron can speak Groot and occasionally vacations on Knowhere where he plays fetch with Cosmo and forces Rocket to watch the raccoon scenes from The Great Outdoors. You can follow him on Twitter (@RevRonster) where he occasionally live Tweets films he is watching and you can read more of his reviews at his blog; revronmovies.blogspot.com.