Guardians of The Galaxy (2014) Movie Review

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Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Movie Image

“Guardians of The Galaxy” has hit theaters and it has blown critics and fans away. When first announced, the choice to make this movie was met with concern and confusion by some (not me) with there being more popular and noteworthy characters in the Marvel stable. But the choice makes sense in order to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmic realm, and with Thanos being teased at the end of “The Avengers” it was a given. Some thought it was a gamble, but it’s one that has paid off.

From a cold open that gives a glimpse to how the movie can evoke emotion as well as laughs, to Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill dancing across an alien landscape to Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love,” you can already tell what kind of movie you’re going to get: A fun ride that’s still not afraid to have some heartfelt moments. James Gunn’s “Guardians of The Galaxy” is quite possibly the most well rounded and most fun of the Marvel films so far. From the cast to the music to the story, “Guardians of The Galaxy” explodes with fun. It’s not perfect, but oh man is it damned near close.

Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Movie Image

So just in case you missed all the media blitz, here’s a quick rundown of the plot: Human Peter Quill was abducted from Earth as a child and has been soaring the spaceways with space mercenary Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his crew of Ravagers. After a mission takes a turn for the worse, Quill is incarcerated at the Kyln, an intergalactic prison. Here, he meets cantankerous raccoon bounty hunter Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and his tree-like partner Groot (Vin Diesel), master assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and vengeance seeking former family man Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). After the ragtag group manages to escape the prison, they find something to keep them together — money.

There’s more to the story obviously, but I don’t want to ruin what is just a great experience. It’s hard to say anymore, other than that the movie is awesome. The cast is rounded out by some great actors, with Glen Close, John C. Reily, and Benecio Del Toro reprising his role as The Collector from the mid-credits sequence from “Thor: The Dark World.”  I would have to say the villains of “Guardians of The Galaxy” were the weakest part of the film, though, but not for lack of any motivation, just a lack of character building. Djimon Honsou’s Korath is just a henchman, and Karen Gillan as Nebula was little more than an enforcer with a chip on her shoulder and some daddy issues. Ronan (Lee Pace) was pretty much a Kree Zealot who takes his beliefs to a more violent and extreme level. I actually saw him as an analogue for religious zealotry in the world today. But it was Josh Brolin’s Thanos that had me all smiles. He was spot on! Intimidating, yet calculating and unflappable, and all this came off a 5-minute scene.

Lee Pace in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Movie Image

Speaking of 5-minute scenes, there’s a great one inside Quill’s ship, the Milano (named after Quill’s crush Alyssa Milano, yessir!) that was just hilarious and heartfelt. It’s because of scenes like this that the movie shines. The dialogue between the characters is crisp but not bogged down by annoying pop-culture references, and the few that are made are out of date because Quill left Earth in the late 80’s. It actually makes for some funny moments. As a matter of fact, speaking of old school, the soundtrack is absolutely awesome (pun intended) and is practically a part of the film. The soundtrack is a mix tape Peter’s Mom gave him called “Awesome Mix Vol 1,” which I may just have to go buy.

One part heist movie, one part space opera, one part comic book movie, and 100% fun, “Guardians of The Galaxy” is a good time all around. You’ll laugh, you’ll dance, you’ll get choked up, you’ll cheer, and then you’ll laugh some more. I can honestly say that I haven’t been more pleasantly surprised by and thoroughly enjoyed a Marvel movie — or any movie — this much in a very long time. Go on out and see what it’s about. You won’t be disappointed.

Got a favorite part let us know down below!

SPOILER WARNING FOR THE DISCUSSION!!!!!

James Gunn (director) / James Gunn, Nicole Perlman (screenplay)
CAST: Chris Pratt … Peter Quill
Zoe Saldana … Gamora
Dave Bautista … Drax
Vin Diesel … Groot (voice)
Bradley Cooper … Rocket (voice)
Lee Pace … Ronan
Michael Rooker … Yondu Udonta
Karen Gillan … Nebula
Djimon Hounsou … Korath


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Author: Dedpool

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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    “And now I’m standing! You happy. A bunch of jackasses standing around in a circle!”

    • ErickKwon

      “It’s real! That is the most real, authentic, hysterical laugh of my life!”

      I was convinced this was going to be Marvel’s first critical AND commercial misstep and holy crap I have never been so glad to eat me some crow. I can’t remember the last time I had so much unadulterated fun during a movie and it was glorious to finally get a proper big-budget space opera that wasn’t beholden to either “Star Trek” or “Star Wars”. I think this is easily my favorite MCU movie so far and ticking off the all the highlights mentioned in the review–the humor, the drama, the soundtrack, plus the beautiful make-up and VFX–it all gels in a movie with genuine charm and personality as opposed to the smarmy douchefest that overwhelmed the last two “Iron Mans”. Not to mention that in one fell swoop, James Gunn delivered the absolute best “Buck Rogers”, “Flash Gordan” and “Farscape” movie anyone could have hoped for. I only hope Big Daddy Disney is paying attention because last I heard, there’s no director for “Star Wars IX” yet. Seriously, I can’t believe the James Gunn who gave the world “PG Porn” managed to pull it off.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxb7b0jGZvc

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Amen brutha, Amen!

    • Lexavi80

      “You are an imbecile!” – Drax

  • the other guy

    Am I the only one who found Gamora a tad underwhelming for who she is? I really expected some wow with her. Otherwise damn good movie. I have to say Rocket brought some emotion and Groot was the real heart of the movie.

    • ErickKwon

      Nebula definitely had the better screen moments to prove her badassery, but I also think the Gamora character is someone that Zoe Saldana could probably play in her sleep at this point (she was basically Columbiana if you think about it).

    • 0ptik

      For Gamora “The most dangerous woman in the universe”, i would agree that she was not portrayed as such. Drax the destroyer was also underwhelming, he was just a berserker that really didnt do much but run in.

      Other than that, movie was good for all the reasons mentioned above.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      No I agree to a point. I have always felt that she was underwhelming as a character even in the comics. She definitely needed a larger kick-ass scene where she just tore through people. Drax had one, but it was only a quick moment. I want to see Drax get his chance to kick ass with knives, and guns blazing running through whole battalions. Otherwise I really liked what they did with the characters.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    What I loved most about the film is that Earth wasn’t a part of it, it wasn’t being threatened and even at the end the story seemed to be pulling further away from Earth with the idea of exploring Quill’s alien parentage. Good job!!

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Rocket’s monologue regarding the people on Zandar was hilarious. But yeah favourite moment goes to Groot’s dance number in the pre credits scene.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Yeah that was hilarious, and made more so by Bautista’s Drax. The whole cast really worked well together.
      “But that doesn’t work for me. What if I really want it more than the other person?”

      • Aegon the Conqueror

        “What if someone irks me? Can I end them?”

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          LOL So much win in that movie!

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    By the way, did anyone catch the Space Invaders/Galaga reference when Ronan was trying to bomb the city and the Ravagers were trying to shoot down the incoming ships and stuff? I was waiting for Quill to be like, “Holy crap, it’s Space Invaders come to life!”

    • ErickKwon

      Hell yeah. That, or “Space Invaders! I hate these guys…”

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        LMAO!!

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Okay I have even more respect for Chris Pratt now!! Not only did he get into badass shape for the part of Star Lord, and then KILLED it!! Here he is spitting Forgot about Dre http://www.hitfix.com/comedy/chris-pratt-just-crushed-eminems-forgot-about-dre

  • fatherwade

    drax drunk and fighting groot was pretty funny!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Drax was surprisingly funny!

  • ZiggyTheVulture

    I loved the part where the Guardians had a celebratory daisy chain and Groot exclaimed, “I got wood!”

  • Konstor

    “You want my leg?” almost peed myself…
    or the scene where groot smashes a lot of guys around and then turns around to smile.

    movie was perfect!!!