Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy
Director: James GUNN
Marvel Studios

I am a comic book fan. Have been for years. I have heard of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ but I knew little else about them.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is a simply outstanding film. Character, plot, action, humour, special effect – it has it all in spades. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is abducted from Earth in 1988 as a small boy, taking only a cassette walkman and unopened birthday present from his mother. The film then shuffles forward twenty seven years and finds a grown up Quill working as a bounty hunter.

Not to spoil too much, but the plot revolves around Quill and the team that he falls in with attempting to locate one of the Infinity Stones – an items that can give the wielder incredible powers, if they are powerful enough to hold it.

The laughs in this movie are incredible – and non-stop. The jokes are well written and well delivered. The highlight for me was a joke about a ‘black light’ which had me both shocked (this is a Disney/Marvel movie after all) and laughing hard!

Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot are all wonderful characters. CGI Rocket and Groot are especially good – who would have thought a tree could be so expressive!

Thoroughly enjoyable romp through the universe. Film of the year for me, though, admittedly, with two small children, the pool of films I can draw that from is rather limited. I’ll be very interested to see how they intergrate these character with the rest of the Marvel Film universe.

9/10 – at least an equal of ‘The Avengers.’

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