The best marvel adaptation since the first Iron Man
Every year, there's a movie in the summer that blows expectations away; that one movie that everyone can't stop talking about. Guardians of the Galaxy was a major gamble from Marvel Studios. Of all the comics in the company's library, they chose to adapt one of the more obscure series. Prior to their announcement in 2012 that the comic would get a live-action adaptation, not too many fans were familiar with the likes of Groot or Star-Lord, with several presuming the movie would be a failure. Despite all odds, Guardians of the Galaxy is not only Marvel's best film to date, it's also one of the best films of the year, a rare amalgamation of action, humor, drama and heart.
Shortly after the death of his mother, Peter Quill is abducted by a group called the Ravagers from Earth. 26 years later, Peter (Chris Pratt) now an adult, lands on planet Morag and steals an ominous orb but is confronted by Korath, a warrior working for Ronan, the main antagonist of the film. Barely escaping from his encounter with Ronan's henchman, Peter runs into more trouble when Yondu (Micheal Rooker), the leader of the Ravagers and the one who abducted him as a kid, discovers he's stolen the orb and puts a bounty on him to recover the item. At the same time, Ronan sends his assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana) to retrieve the orb as well. Things get more complicated when Peter tries to sell the orb, attracting the attention of bounty hunters Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel). The four get into an altercation which ends with them bring arrested by the Nova corps and sent to the Kyln, a prison in space. Here they meet Drax (Dave Bautista), an inmate with a personal vendetta against Gamora and anyone who works with Ronan. Peter steps in to calm the situation, managing to work out an agreement between the four of them to break out of prison and meet with a buyer Gamora has contacted who is interested in purchasing the orb.
Rarely do movies based on comic books provide character exposition and depth, mostly focusing on big action scenes and special effects. Only a few films in the last decade have been able to accomplish this (i.e. Sin City, Spider-Man 2) but Guardians of the Galaxy is the first comic book film I've seen that manages to keep a perfect balance between five major characters. The chemistry of their camaraderie is reminiscent to the one seen in The Avengers however, the difference here is that the flaws of the Guardians are presented upfront: Gamora's trust problems, Rocket's issues with his existence and Drax dealing with his tragic past. Peter, as well as Groot, are the glue that holds the group together and this is where the film shines the most. Guardians of the Galaxy is without question the best film of the summer, providing excellent special effects and brilliant action set pieces, from the prison break to the inevitable final battle on Xandar. For me the best moments in the film are when we see the group conversing and exchanging banter with one another. Despite being comic book characters, every one of them feels grounded and has something that each of us can relate to, and that appeal is part of what makes the film all the more enjoyable. From beginning to end, Guardians of the Galaxy is a profound movie that will not only entertain but also make you feel good as well.
- Reviewed by Razor 8/24/14
- Reviewed by Razor 8/24/14