Guardians of the Galaxy(2014)
Go down swinging.
Marvel's deep space superhero team get a film adaptation. Space adventurer, and self-proclaimed "legendary outlaw", Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain. Pursued not only by bounty hunters but a green-skinned assassin as well as the space pirates he double-crossed to pull off the heist, Quill has to assemble a diverse alien team from among his pursuers in order to first survive, and then to prevent destruction on a planetary scale.... More
The resulting team of misfits is made up of Gamora (Zoe Saldana, Avatar), the powerful Drax (wrestler Dave Bautista); Rocket - a talking raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper); and Groot - a tree-creature (voiced by Vin Diesel) who also talks, but with a much more limited vocabulary. From the director of Slither and Super. Also features Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, and Djimon Hounson.Hide
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BY Steve Newall Flicks Writer
Marvel’s latest gamble shows the studio is riding a wave of self-confidence across mountains of cash in the wake of successfully defying Hollywood common sense by hiring directors like cult favourite Shane Black (Iron Man 3) and a couple of guys best known for TV's Arrested Development and Community (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) to look after some of their most lucrative properties. They’ve upped the stakes here by pairing James Gunn, director of Slither and Super – neither of which troubled box office bean counters – with some of Marvel’s craziest characters in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy, and the result is an exciting thrill-ride that strikes a brilliant balance between jaw-dropping space scenes, anarchic wit and bountiful belly laughs.... More
Coming across as perhaps the least shackled by the requirements of a typical origin story of any Marvel film to date, Guardians of the Galaxy quickly dispenses with its dramatic back story right up front, before picking up years later with Peter Quill (the wisecracking Chris Pratt) embarking on a futuristic Indiana Jones-like heist prologue that sets the visually spectacular, quip-heavy tone.
From here, Gunn’s universe-building proves assured, quickly rolling out all manner of crazy-coloured, CGI and prosthetic-wearing aliens free of any need to keep things grounded for simple Earthlings. By the time a raccoon and a walking tree turn up and talk to each other it’s just the latest oddity to behold, and the pair become crucial elements of the film’s quintet of heroes (alongside Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista), all of whom boast scene-stealing moments and the charisma to balance Pratt’s star turn.
While it may lack a great villain, there’s so much awesomeness going on with Guardians that there’s almost no room for one. I’m gunning for part two.Hide
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BY SamanthaLea grader
The soundtrack was amazing, making the movie really pop off the screen and hit a chord with the audience. The characters are well developed and well played and the story line was well thought out. I was incredibly impressed with the physical transformations a lot of the actors/actresses went through to create their characters and I don't feel there was a single character that let the film down.
Of course, Chris Pratt... More is king in this movie and has really found his stride in Hollywood at the moment. I would recommend this movie to anyone.Hide
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With big blockbusters going all serious on us since Nolan's Dark Night trilogy, the summer epic has lost its fun side. Guardians brings back the fun and more, making this a rip roaring, space adventure and the best yet (on par with Captain America: First Avenger) as Marvel's best film. Chris Pratt, your star has arrived.
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