I knew zero about this Marvel product a year ago outside of knowing there was a talking raccoon in the Marvel universe as well as a big walking tree thing. Needless to say, I had a very small interest in the movie outside of its connection to the overall Marvel universe building. Then they hired Chris Pratt and my interest shot up. For those of you who watch the television show called Parks and Recreation you should understand why. He plays the character Andy, a loveable and caring everyman with an intriguing naiveté when viewing the world. He is one of the highlights of the show and over the years has proven himself to be the highlights of good and bad movies. It was only a matter of time he got his big shot; just no one thought it would be this big. Throw in an awesome introduction trailer and you start getting people excited. So did it deliver on that excitement?
After the death of his mother in 1988, Peter Quill is kidnapped by an alien ship. Flash forward twenty years and Peter (Chris Pratt) is now an adult and a ravager on the search for a mysterious orb worth billions. He finds it on a desolate planet but soon finds out that he is not the only one looking for it when three other’s try to take it from him. Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is an alien who wants it to get away from her evil father and Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) want it so they can take Quill in and get some reward money. They all find themselves in jail and with the help of a man on a mission to kill the man who killed his family, Drax (Dave Bautista) they will escape. After escaping they can get the orb to someone who will give them money and possibly revenge. They are being chased by the evil Ronan (Lee Pace) who wants to use the orbs power to destroy a planet who betrayed his race. All of our heroes will band together to stop that from happening.
Another triumph for Marvel and Disney and could be one of the best movies they have made. The acting is solid with everyone giving there all for each role. Christ Pratt was genius casting and his natural charm, humor and confidence brings about a character that could stand tall with Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark. Saldana doesn’t do the tough chick thing here, which works for her favor. She is retrained as well as giving one of her better performances in awhile. Dave Bautista shows that there can be an MMA fighter that not only can act but do it well and be very funny. His portrayal of the ultra literal Drax is probably one of the biggest highlights of the film. As for Cooper and Diesel, well what was guessed by many who looked forward to this movie, they steal the show in practically every scene. Both comes across with deep emotion and bring some of the best moments of the movie. Lee Pace gives us a little deeper of a villain than what Marvel has done in the last few movies. At least this time it seems clear why the villain is doing what he is. Other cast members like John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker and Djimon Hounsou do great in their roles and add a lot to the movie regardless of how small their roles may be.
The story is a simple one of misfits from all walks of life and bad pasts that band together to be heroes. Nothing new there and still very welcome. Guardians is a perfect example of how to mix many different genres into one fantastic film. Comedy, science fiction, drama, action all come together perfectly to give the audience one exceptional ride. The cast comes together with spot on chemistry; it’s amazing how good they are together. This movie is the reason to go to the theaters in the next few weeks, incredible fun, great story. Some sexual innuendo and language, so be weary of bringing very little kids.
4 stars out of 4