Everyone goes to the movies for different reasons; some go to laugh, some go to be scared, some go to cry and some go to experience a good story. You probably have a fair idea of what you’re going to see before you queue for your ticket and popcorn, but for most people heading to this weeks big blockbuster release, Guardians Of The Galaxy is a complete mystery.
Sure, you know it’s a superhero movie from Marvel, but beyond that the average moviegoer has no idea who these characters are or how they fit into the overall Marvel cineverse. Well, I’m here to tell you that not only is Guardians of the Galaxy possibly Marvels best movie yet, it’s definitely the best movie experience I’ve had in a cinema this year. Hugely entertaining and oozing 80’s nostalgia and humour without descending into parody, Marvel’s biggest gamble has paid off in spades.
The movie follows Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, a human plucked from Earth in the 80’s and now a self proclaimed space pirate / bounty hunter. through a series of events he ends up in the company of Rocket, a talking raccoon with anger issues, Groot, a tree-creature with a wide array of abilities of which language isn’t one, Drax The Destoyer, a heavy hitter on a quest for vengeance and Gamora, an assassin whose loyalties may or may not lie with the man hunting them.
Really and truly, the less you know about the movie going in, the better the experience will end up being for you. The biggest drawback is that there are so many characters to get to grips with it can be information overload at times, but this is a minor gripe when the story gets going and you realise just how great the movie is. Even with an entire story arc to create for the main characters, the movie doesn’t suffer from an exposition-heavy middle act like Avengers does once the team have come together, and it even manages to give it a run for it’s money in the action stakes with some exhilarating set-pieces.
Guardians of the Galaxy is immensely fun and looks as good as anything Marvel have done to date. Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Zoe Saldana are all great in their roles, and both Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel are perfect for the voice-work their all-CGI characters required. Bolstered by the magnificent chemistry the team all have together, and a wonderfully sharp and funny script from writer / director James Gunn, Guardians feels like Marvel’s most complete and original (if a movie based on a comic series can be called that) film thus far.
Jam-packed with character, charisma and plain old fun, Guardians of the Galaxy reboots the space-opera for a whole new generation (If you’re 8 years old, this is your Star Wars!). If the reason you go to the cinema is just to be entertained and have a good time, then Guardians of the Galaxy is not only the best Marvel movie this year, it’s the best movie, period.
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