Hey y'all!!! Now that I have seen Guardians of the Galaxy, I feel like I should give my overall opinion about the film. This is going to be my spoiler-free review. So no worries if you haven't seen this film yet. Now as you know, this is the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first to last film of Phase 2 (Avengers: Age of Ultron is next. So be on the lookout when May 1st hits). And it's still going strong. We had Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973). And that's the lineup of Phase 2 so far. Now we have an entirely new perspective. And it takes us into the cosmos of outer space!!!
Now this is the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first official film that does not take place on Earth. It takes place all the way in Outer space on different planets in the galaxy itself. The film was directed by James Gunn and produced by Kevin Feige (who produces all these films). The cast includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close and John C. Reilly.
This film totally blew me away!!! I felt that this was one of Marvel's best attempts to introduce something totally new into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the film itself was totally incredible. Had elements from other space sci-fi films/TV shows including Star Trek, Star Wars, Serenity and Firefly. It was a film that didn't include any of the original characters that we have already been introduced to, but this first attempt to introduce a whole new cast of Marvel characters made me think if these guys will ever bring both teams together.
Gotta talk about the characters. First of all, Star Lord (Chris Pratt) was a totally awesome leader of the team. He had the right role from being an outcast thief to being the leader of the Guardians themselves. And Chris Pratt did it perfectly with the right attitude to bring all these misfits together.
Zoe Saldana as Gamora. She was a chick who knew how to kick someone's ass. When I heard that Thanos was her adopted father, I thought to myself 'Hmm. Thanos is her father? I don't know about this one.' But I saw her as Uhura in both Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness and Neytiri in Avatar and she nailed both roles. Now we see her going not blue, but green!!! And she makes a really noble addition to the team.
Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer. Now I never even heard of this guy. But when I watched some Comic-Con footage, I thought to myself if this guy would pull it off. Well, he was kind of a jerk to Star-Lord at first. But then he proved himself as a worthy member of the team. And I thought that he could have been a bit more in-depth for the role. This is all my opinion. But he was kicking ass perfectly and bringing the bad guys to their knees really really well.
Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel as Rocket and Groot. Now this duo were the comedic relief for the team. Cooper as a talking raccoon and Diesel as a talking tree? That's cool. Now Rocket was the only one of these two who could wield a gun and talk in a comic way. And I really liked seeing that in Rocket. But looking on Diesel as the tree humanoid Groot, he had only three words to his speech which were 'I am Groot'. He did it to introduce himself, and talk to have the rest of the team understand what he means by having Rocket translate it. And that was the coolest thing about Groot. Love seeing these CGI characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But for every hero, there has to be a villain. And the villains in this film are insane for power!!! Of course, the main villain is Ronan the Accuser who is played by Lee Pace, who you may remember from The Hobbit trilogy as King Thranduil and from Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 as the Denali coven member Garrett. Now this villain is one of Marvel's most insane villains ever. He is on a quest for power and will wipe out anything in his path. But he was also sent by Thanos to retrieve The Orb, which holds something that is unknown to the galaxy. Now I would consider this Marvel movie villain to being one of my Top Marvel movie villains of all time now that I have seen this film.
Another villain is Nebula, who is played by Karen Gillan. She is a daughter of Thanos, who sent her to work with Ronan in retrieving The Orb and returning it to her master. Now this chick can totally kick ass. She appears without any hair and she is a blue-skinned woman in her full body appearance (if you remember Mystique from X-Men, you know what I'm talking about). And if you remember the Comic-Con footage from 2013, you can get a glimpse of Karen being completely bald.
Now looking at the overall thing for the film, it is Star Wars meets Star Trek all in a mixture with sci-fi, comedy, and a rocking soundtrack that features music from the 70's and 80's including the hit "Hooked on a Feeling" song from the trailer. Love hearing music in a film that requires some 80's style and/or 70's style for the music on this outstanding soundtrack!!!
But the big thing I want to talk about is of course, the big mastermind behind the obstacles the Guardians face. And that is Thanos (voiced by Josh Brolin). Now you guys may remember seeing him at the first post-credits scene at the end of The Avengers. But I won't go into too much detail until I get to my spoilers review on the film. Just recall that he is in the movie and he is the puppet master to both Ronan and Nebula.
And that is my non-spoilers review on [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073).
What did you think of the film? Was it better than any of the recent Marvel films? Was it better than [The Avengers](movie:9040)? Leave your thoughts about the film in the comments below.