**WARNING: SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD**
The questions was asked nearly a year ago, if Marvel Studios could seriously take a movie about a living tree, a talking raccoon and a host of others and really expect moviegoers to take it seriously and to make some money off of it. What’s even more mind-boggling was if this movie could be done, and make money while Warner Brothers and DC still eek out a Justice League movie. In my opinion, the answer is yes. I also think that along with Captain America: Winter Soldier, this was not only one of the best comic book movies this year, but one of the best of all time.
This movie was very well crafted with equal amounts of comedy, drama and a well-developed plot that didn’t completely rely on the audience to know all that there is to know about the comics to understand.
The movie’s focus is about Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star Lord, chasing down a mysterious object, which winds up being the key to ruling the universe and having many unsavory characters chasing him for it.
If you thought the Avengers had a lot of star power going for it, then Marvel Studios swung for the fences with the amount of stars big and small for this movie. One of the standouts in this cast includes Lee Pace as Ronan. He just oozes bad guy the whole time and it’s such a big departure from Thranduil in The Hobbit and also a huge turn from the very first time I remember seeing him as mild mannered Ned on Pushing Daisies.
Michael Rooker makes his first appearance since The Walking Dead as Yondu and although he didn’t have a lot of screen time, his role was decent enough.
Bradley Cooper however stole the show as Rocket Racoon and although he was just the voice behind the CGI’ed critter, in most scenes, he was front and center.
I was however, slightly disappointed with Dave Bautista’s portrayal of Drax. Not because his acting was bad but for someone who called himself the Destroyer, he got his arse handed to him quite a bit during the course of the film even by Zoe Saldana’s admirable Gamora.
Vin Deisel’s job was easiest as his only lines of course were, “I am Groot”.
And yes Josh Brolin makes his case as Thanos.
As always sit through the end credits and while nothing mind-blowing, they add to the charm of this movie.
While a lot of reviews have bashed this movie as yet another mindless summer movie, some will not admit that the charm of this movie lies in director James Gunn knowing when to not overdo humorous scenes as well as keep a good pace going without unneeded dialog slowing it down. Many basic lesson of friendship comes into play as well and it doesn’t come across as heavy handed.
This is the kind of movies that sometimes makes me wish I was a kid again and something that if you have kids, they will enjoy. Never a dull moment to be had, strange creatures litter the screen (Nathan Fillion is here somewhere too!) it was goofy, great battles to be had and of course our Guardians must save the universe and beat the bad guy!
5 out of 5 stars