– Posted by Alyssa
Director: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista
It’s pretty rare that a sci-fi movie, let alone a member of the superhero genre, has the means to surprise you. That is why Guardians of the Galaxy, a Marvel film about a ragtag group of misfit intergalactic heroes is such an unexpected treat. Loaded with charisma and a great sense of humor, this is a movie that is consistently entertaining.
Peter Quill (Pratt) was abducted by an extra-terrestrial group of bandits at a crucial time in his childhood. He had lost his mother to cancer and found himself having to adapt to an entirely new existence. Now 26-years-old and armed with sticky fingers, Peter Quill calls himself Star Lord and has a criminal reputation. Quill makes the irreversible decision to take the wrong thing…an orb that harnesses life-threatening power and a ruthless criminal overlord known as Ronan the Accuser. This theft puts a bounty on Quill’s life, worth a lot of money, and he finds himself being hunted down by a group of lethal adversaries including: one of Ronan’s allies Gamora (Saldana), a tough-talking raccoon (Cooper), and a thoughtful tree that can only say “I am Groot” (Diesel). However, when the group gets imprisoned for a fight in a public area, they decide to band together, recruit a tough prisoner named Drax (Bautista) with a vendetta against Ronan, and go against Ronan and his army.
The movie has a lot going for it: a great cast, an appealing soundtrack, and crisp action sequences. Not to mention the great, self-aware sense of humor that permeates throughout the entire movie. It takes itself seriously, without being too serious. It’s a fine balance, and it really works and helps make this an effective outcast superhero movie. It’s the way less polished Avengers, but their grittiness is part of the appeal.