This past weekend marked the release of the latest blockbuster hit from Marvel Studios, The Guardians of the Galaxy. The Guardians of the Galaxy are not quite as well-known as the heroes from The Avengers but by the end of the movie they prove their spot in the Marvel constellation is well worth it.
The band of misfits is made of 5 unlikely heroes, all with unsavory pasts. Their leader, Star-lord (Chris Pratt from Parks and Recreation and The Lego Movie), is a human thief and outlaw abducted from Earth as a child. Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is a cybernetic assassin and adopted daughter of the mad Titan Thanos (who is shaping up to be a major baddie in the Marvel Studios universe). Draxx the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) is a muscle-bound maniac searching for revenge against Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) who is the main antagonist of the piece. Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) is a raccoon like creature who has been experimented on to become basically a genius con artist/thief/bounty hunter. Last but not least is the unusual plant creature Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) who only has 3 words in his vocabulary, “I am Groot”.
The director (James Gunn) did a fantastic job of giving this movie its own “voice”. The other Marvel studios movies all felt very similar in tone as they were all leading to the Avengers and are all intertwined. This movie felt more light-hearted than the others while still preserving the drama and tension of the galaxy being in peril.
The special effects were in a word, fantastic. Fantastic as in high fantasy and out of this world, as well as stunning and amazing. Plenty of real sets and models were used and the CGI blended in seamlessly. The film’s 2 animated characters (Groot and Rocket) seemed very real and their interactions with the analog actors felt so natural you forgot they were CG.
Speaking of the two animated characters, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel really brought these characters to life. For a character with only 3 words Diesel’s Groot had a lot of character. Bradley Cooper made Rocket feel very human while being hilarious.
Gunn took a risk with how he directed and shot this movie, as it is very different than the rest of the Marvel movies, but it paid off big time. Guardians was a pleasant mix of humor, action, and drama (with very little romance to get in the way). It’s Geektime gives Guardians of the Galaxy a 10 on the intergalactic d10 of space awesomeness.