Movie Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy




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     Walt Disney Pictures (2 hrs. 1 min.)
     In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.
     Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Disel and David Batista
Bottom Line:

J.R. Johnson

A long time ago, people used to go to the movies for more than just visual effects. Movies used to be an experience, and the price of admission was well worth it. It’s become more acceptable now to just throw something on screen and let your eyes glaze over with explosions, shootouts or car chases and call it action or adventure. With the rising genre of superhero films raking in every dollar possible on opening day, they toss anything up on the screen for fans to watch and devour without a second thought. Fortunately, Marvel really cares about the product they put out, and “Guardians of the Galaxy” might be the funniest two hours you’ll ever spend at the movies.

In his first leading role, Chris Pratt takes the role of Peter Quill a.k.a Star-Lord, a scavenger who only looks out for himself and a good time. Almost like a combination of Han Solo and Indiana Jones. Quill comes across an orb, a treasure with a big bounty on it. Little does he know, it’s something much more than that, something much more powerful, and he’s not the only one chasing it. Suddenly, Quill finds himself at odds with a man ready to set fire to the universe and only he and a group of rag-tag outcast can save it.

Marvel’s films have set the gold standard for any comic book flicks since Iron Man, but “Guardians of the Galaxy” has raised the bar even higher. Blending several genres along with an excellent cast, director and writer James Gunn cooked up what is arguably the most entertaining comic book adaptation yet.

Taking on an ensemble of unknown characters and trying to give the audience a reason to like them is a difficult thing, but there’s no problem. The supporting cast of Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Disel and David Batista couldn’t be anymore different but they mesh together perfectly, creating one big happy dysfunctional family. Together they bring out every bit of emotion they can in the emotional spectrum. They’re funny, interesting and completely personable. They’re destined to become fan favorites.

Much of the reason these characters are able to step out and test their range is the story. It is ridiculously amusing and peppered with many unexpected moments. This is very different from your typical comic book movie. It finds a way to put you on the edge of your seat or holding your sides at any given time. It really is a good time for everyone.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” looks like Marvel’s most risky move yet, but it turned out it might’ve been there best. It’s weird and different, but that’s definitely a good thing. It won’t be long before we see this group again.\

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