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Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest movie instalment in Marvel Studio’s superhero series, following titles including Iron Man 3, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers.The film, directed by James Gunn, hit cinema screens in the UK today, with the US and other countries to follow tomorrow.
Guardians of the Galaxy is an action-packed, space adventure, following the format of Marvel’s previous movies, but taking place entirely in space for once. The story revolves around American pilot and outlaw Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who finds himself chased down by a number of cosmic villains after stealing a mysterious orb for a trade, which just so happens to be coveted by Ronan, the Galaxy’s chief villain. Thrown into an inter-galactic prison, Quill finds himself captured with those who were trying to hunt him down: Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper), as well as Ronan’s enemy Drax (Dave Bautista).
To secure his freedom and a new trade, Quill joins forces with his fellow captives to sell the orb to a new buyer, but with the bandits’ clashing ulterior motives, their mission goes far from smoothly. Soon finding themselves lose the trade and inadvertently becoming the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, the fate of the universe is in their hands.
I got to see a preview screening a day early thanks to Skype Moments and I’m so glad I did. Guardians of the Galaxy is an incredibly self-aware movie with so many hilarious exchanges the theatre was in tears of laughter for at least half of the film. Rocket is probably my favourite, because everything just works for him. Throughout the movie, you see his evil side, his funny side, his sad side and his brave side. His friendship with Groot, who only ever says ‘I am Groot’ is an interesting one (considering he doesn’t say anything but that), but they somehow understand each other and it works.
Quill – or Star-Lord as he likes to be referred to – is a very warm and charming character. He doesn’t take himself too seriously – or at all – loves 70s and 80s pop music thanks to his late mother, which leads to some great dancing scenes and adding to the light-heartedness of the movie. The characters are all smart, well-played and all in all they just work. The film is full of action, the story itself is simple, but the script solid, quirky and entertaining. Sure, it’s not as focused on the story itself as it is about a fun script, unlike other Marvel movies, but in a way, that makes it a little more accessible to a mainstream audience. You don’t have to know the characters to understand the film. This is something that die-hard fans would probably dislike about it, but for me it works.
If you’re looking for an entertaining and fun film, I’d highly recommend it. I wasn’t bored, laughed a lot and enjoy the characters. If you’re looking for one of Marvel’s classics, then you may be a tad disappointed, but I’d say just sit back and enjoy it.
Thanks again to Skype Moments for the preview and a great little goody bag, which I’ll post photos of a little later.