“Who are you?”
“You wanna know what name I go by?”
“Come on, man. Blue Hybrid. You know, that famous internet reviewer/writer with not that much of a secret identity because the internet knows and tells all.”
“No, really, who the fuck are you again?”
Ladies and gentlemen, once again, it’s MARVEL TIME!! This time we go outside the world of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. Yes, we’re still in the MCU, this isn’t Amazing Spider Man 3 or something like that. We are venturing into a movie based on a comic book that I haven’t heard before seeing this. Then again, I’m not alone as most people had never heard of the comic based on this, which could spell doom since most movies like this can flat out bomb or underperform.
But who are the Guardians of the Galaxy and what is it about?
They consist of Peter Quill aka STAR-LORD, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon and Groot. After discovering a mysterious orb in another part of the galaxy, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by a genocidal maniac Ronan the Accuser. Being hunted across the galaxy Quill gets lumped together with a group of misfits that need to learn how to get along before they can become the “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
To be fair, many people were puzzled on how can they pull this together and made the movie a valiant effort. I recognize James Gunn’s work, mostly as a writer with the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead & the videogame Lollipop Chainsaw and also as a director in Slither & Super.
How did it turn out to be? Fascinatingly GREAT!!!
Honestly, I didn’t expect to come out of the theaters with a satisfying smile on my face, much like I did with The Avengers. It kept the action-comedy stability on a level where you can laugh out loud at the comedic elements and get enthralled with the action scenes. The setting of the movie really shows that we are definitely not in the same vain as the other MCU movies with expanding its universe but still retains that formula that makes it work. Yes, this is a popcorn flick but once again, it’s something to get worth invested in and not being overblown or too lowbrow as while Captain America 2 did something altered to the other Marvel movie, Guardians has the comedic style as the others but in an entirely different and more successful way than the previous ones, mainly Thor 2.
The tone of the movie is weird but you know what? Weird makes it good, unique and something to get me interested but sometimes weird for the sake of weird can go either way depending on how its performed and did they succeeded in making it that and entertaining? Of course but I can already tell that the result may not appeal to every audience. Also the runtime of the movie is two hours but they kept the pace going steadily and never felt like it dragged for too long.
Chris Pratt as Star-Lord is leading man material from what we seen from him in Parks and Recreation and earlier this year in The Lego Movie being a charismatic wiseass with a heart of gold as every actor in the movie fare to bring out their A-Game in here, even those we didn’t expect to be any noteworthy. That one being from WWE wrestler Dave Bautista as Drax playing the straight man of the team, especially with the gags of him not getting the grasp of metaphors. Zoe Saldana as Gamora fares well in her part as while her character is more of a usual type of female character, it isn’t as problematic or stale and the same can be said for Karen Gillian as Nebula. Lee Pace as Ronan did spell typical villain wanting to rule the world, more so like Christopher Eccleston in Thor: The Dark World. While Vin Diesel’s Groot only lines in the movie are “I am Groot”, his physical performance is worth more than his dialogue as him and another character are the heart of the movie and it is Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon and he is unquestionably the best highlight of the film in terms of the comedy and some heartfelt moments as well.
Last thing for the movie is that the soundtrack is addicting awesome from the first moment when “Come and Get Your Love” plays in the opening credits and was definitely hooked on Blue Swede’s “Hooked on A Feeling”. I practically was jamming to the song as it was playing and the songs didn’t felt like they were thrown in there as they were incorporated as something Quill felt connected with his home and family he lost and left behind in Earth. Did I also mention that I would definitely get this soundtrack, along with the score to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?
FINAL VERDICT: Sure the story of this is typical and simple as slow molasses, but never had the feeling of it being slow and the excitement and fun of it keeps it going. Guardians of the Galaxy has the equal amount of entertainment and fun as the first Avengers movie did. Marvel shows again that they know how to make a comic book movie that can be both serious and fun without going overboard on both factors.
And I………I GOT A FEELING, I’M HIGH ON BELIEVING….it gets a
HALL OF FAME
(Another perfect summer movie!)
And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and I say OOGA CHAKA, OOGA CHAKA, OOGA CHAKA!
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – courtesy of Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios