Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review

29 Sep 2014

We went to see Guardians of the Galaxy again for the third time. We luckily got a very empty theatre so no annoying kids or crisp bag rattles. 

First thing I will mention about this film is the awesome music. I'm so sick of the terrible mainstream pop noise shite that is in most film these days (especially kids animated films) and to hear some awesome pop from years ago along with some rock/punk songs is just very refreshing! It also just goes to show you how pop has changed over the years and for the worst unfortunately. 

Anyhow, while you listen to the soundtrack we'll start with the rogue/hero of the film: Chris Pratt who plays Peter Quill/ Star-Lord, who steals Ronan's orb and makes some new friend to help defeat Ronan. Some of you may know Chris Pratt from the awesome Park's And Recreation where he plays Andy. If you haven't seen it I highly recommend it. He's like a kid in it most of the time but so lovable and it's hilarious. Chris Pratt himself even sounds like an awesome guy who has a great sense of humor. And in Guardians it's no different! Even though it has its serious bits, the whole movie is just so funny from the start.

Back to Star-Lord, Chris Pratt does a great job, he's got the humor and the lovable rogue down and with all the other awesome characters, he doesn't get lost either. I think I read somewhere that he's suppose to be a mix between Han Solo and Marty McFly which I have to agree with! But add Andy Dwyer in there too! 

What I loved about this movie is, even though Star-Lord is the main character I felt like he never took over, the other Guardians are just as equally the main characters of the movie (Including some of the bad guys!). Something I think is very hard to accomplish with a movie that has so many characters.

Zoe Saldana plays the beautiful and kickass Gamora who is the adopted daughter of the evil Thanos. But not all is what it seems with her. She is also a sister to Nebula who is played by Karen Gillian. I'm not actually a huge fan of Karen Gillian because of her role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who. I think she was probably one of my least favorite characters in Doctor Who. But she is very awesome in Guardians! Having shaved her head for the role and wearing some amazing makeup (along with Gamora), she really done such a great job. My only criticism is she wasn't in it nearly enough. For such an interesting character, she was the one person that should have been in it more.

Dave Bautista plays Drax the Destroyer, a warrior who wants revenge against Ronan. Drax was a big surprise. For such a serious character who takes everything so literal, he is excellent and comes out as the funniest. Again the makeup is just amazing. The use of makeup and not so much CGI really works and I hope more movies will learn from this.

Of course they had to CGI Groot the tree, human, thing and Rocket the Raccoon. The CGI for both of them is excellent and could obviously be done no other way. Rocket is a walking, talking bounty hunter raccoon who is accompanied by his friend Groot. Rocket is perfectly voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel does an amazing job with the voice of Groot who only says "I am Groot" over and over but somehow manages to engage us. Groot definitely steals the show, he is just too cute and full of surprises.

After all that you have the amazing Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser (The bad guy) who is just fantastic and I actually didn't even recognise that it was him at first. Again the makeup doing an amazing job, also with Michael Rooker (Merle in The Walking Dead) who plays a blue skinned, Yondu Udonta, while I'm sad he doesn't have his amazing mohawk like in the comics he's excellent as the leader of the Ravagers.

I also have to mention Sean Gunn who is the brother of the director James Gunn. He stood in for the character of Rocket as well as some of the scenes with Thanos and plays Kraglin, Yondu's first mate in the Ravagers. He done a hell of a lot throughout the film. Some of you guys might know him as Kirk in Gilmore Girls! :D

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Overall you can probably guess I loved this movie, especially after seeing it three times! I could write and rave about lots more in the film but don't want to spoil it for anyone. While I don't think I love it over The Avengers I still think it's one of my all time favorite Marvel movies and definitely one of my all time favorite superhero movies. Just like The Avengers, there really isn't many places I can fault it. 

I would love to know what you thought of it! And if you're looking for a fun movie to see, I highly recommend this one!

Thanks for reading!

P.S. be sure to check out Steve's amazing review of Guardians as well! We're the Guardians... the Guardians of the Galaxy. (Guardians of the Galaxy, Amon Amarth and lots of Parks and Recreation gifs.)

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