August 1, 2014
Dir. James Gunn
Prod. Kevin Feige
Genre: Superhero Film
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Dijimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro
I am both excited and nervous about writing this film review and the ones I’m going to do in the future. I had to write a couple film reviews in school and it was never my strong suit. However, it’s something I’ve really wanted to try and I figure the only way I’ll get better at it is if I do it. So, you probably guessed from the title, here is my review of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Marvel has done it again. After the major hit in 2012 that was, The Avengers, there was a lot of speculation about what would be taking place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by James Gunn and produced by Kevin Feige, Guardians of the Galaxy is a true cinematic masterpiece that combines an out of this world superhero film with 80s music.
The Guardians soundtrack is one of the best parts of the film. From Redbone to Blue Swede to The Runaways, every song brings something special to the scene it is in. What makes this soundtrack so unique though is the fact that the songs aren’t just playing in the background for only the audience to hear. The lead character, Star-Long (Chris Pratt), has a cassette tape that he is always listening to and each song on the soundtrack is a song he plays on his cassette.
Of course, Star-Lord is not the only character in this film and each character is truly something. There are four other ‘Guardians’: Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel). There were so many ways this film could have gone wrong, and incorrect casting would have been the number one. However, they definitely managed to find a great cast because whether we see the actor or just hear their voice, each character is brought to life on the screen. You will be laughing and crying and it is all down to these actors doing a superb job at giving the Guardians life. There is also a good possibility that you will find yourself very attached to a tree.
Now, they aren’t the only characters/actors in the film. There are some big names in the credits such as Lee Pace who plays Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan as Nebula, as well as John C. Reilly and Glenn Close. Thgouh you may not have actually recognized some of these actors. One of the first things I was especially amazed by was the costumes and makeup in this film. Zoe Saldana was painted entirely green (as opposed to blue for her role in Avatar) while Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, and Michael Rooker were painted blue. I can’t even imagine how much time it must have taken each day to get that done.
There’s only one thing about the film that I didn’t like. At one point Drax calls Gamora a “Green Whore”. This was something I felt wasn’t really necessary and I did some research into why he calls her this and someone says that earlier in the film (during the prison scene) that someone else calls Gamora the same thing. As Drax is completely literal, they said he would have just called her that whether he knew what it meant or not. But these scenes happen so far apart that the connection really isn’t there and it just seems like a totally unnecessary thing to have included in the film.
Other than that, Guardians of the Galaxy was a great film. I was a little wary when they first announced they were making it and my first thought was that there were so many ways it could go wrong. Marvel had had a huge hit with The Avengers and it felt like they were just trying to do that again. However, they succeeded in producing another great film and I look forward to seeing the sequel when it comes out.
Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy? What did you think?