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Review | Guardians of the Galaxy – 2014

The latest film in the  Marvel Studios world is, Guardians of the Galaxy and I have finally seen it! Along with my mother and sister we went to the local cinema and to our surprise the cinema was full of guys! After this funny observation, we really enjoyed the film. The film is about Peter Quill, who needs to work together witch a bunch of criminals after he finds a special orb. His plan was to sell this orb fur a big price, but someone else wants that orb to take control over the universe. 

Marvel is a master in making films out of comic books. Almost every film turns into a success. The character from Guardians of the Galaxy are less known than ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Captain America’ – to name a few – but not less interesting. With Guardians of the Galaxy, it looks like Marvel is planning to make a complete new franchise. Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-Team-Photo-High-Res

After an emotional intro, involving a young Peter Quill, we jump fast forward. Many years later Peter (Chris Pratt) calls himself Star-Lord and is looking for some interesting orb. But he’s not the only one. The main villains of the story, Ronan (Lee Pace) and his master Thanos (Josh Brolin), are also after the magical orb. They send Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Thanos’ adopted daughter, to collect the orb from Quill. Since Peter Quill is kind of a criminal he has a bounty on his head which draws Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper), the mutated racoon and his buddy Groot (Vin Diesel), the tree. When the four of them are all embroiled in a fight they got arrested and are sent to a prison in the galaxy, where they meet Drax (Dave Bautista). Drax is a big buy who wants to avenge the murder on his family. From this moment these five criminals decide to work together to escape from the prison and sell the orb for a lot of money. Only after Ronan stole the orb from them, they find out what the orb really is for and find out Ronan’s evil plan. His plan, which threatens the entire universe, makes them stick together to fight him and eventually become the Guardians of the Galaxy.

What I really liked about this film, is the big dose of humor. Marvel always adds humor to its films which I think is one of their selling points. The superhero films of the other big studio, DC, is more dark and has a more serious tone. It doesn’t have to be a bad thing perse, but I love to laugh. However, a film like this can’t thrive only on jokes and I think the director, James Gunn, did a good job in mixing humor with action, emotional scenes and serious business. The action part looked amazing, especially the fighting scenes in the prison and the one between Gamora and Nebula. The buildings and people reminded me a little of Star Trek. Where there are also green/blue/red coloured people.

 

These five criminals all have  different characters and goals which makes the dialogues and their actions even more funny. Pratt as Star-Lord might be the funniest one. He’s the kind of guy who knows about himself that he’s funny, charming and  amazing. You can compare him with Han Solo from Star Wars. Groot, the new Chewbacca, on the other hand is just a tree who only says: “I’m Groot”. He’s funny because of the things he does. His actions and face expressions are at some moments really hilarious! The scene where Groot ‘offers’ himself for the greater good is both beautiful and emotional. And how Rocket responded to it was so sad but also cute! The scene with Drax and ‘little’ Groot is really hilarious! It looks so adorable how little Groot is doing his move while Drax is busy cleaning his sword.

Ronan, who’s the main villain, is not as scary as he could be. He never actually fight and he was very quick overpowered by the ‘guardians’. By contrast, Nebula (Karen Gillan) is the interesting one. She has fighting skills and has connections to Gamora and to archenemy Thanos. He is Nebula’s father, the master of Ronan and is also after the special orb. So I wonder how he thinks about everything that has happened to it. If I’m correct, Thanos will be the villain in the upcoming Avengers film, The Avenger: Age of Ultron. I wonder what that means for the sequel.Guardians of the Galaxy Baby-Groot-Dancing

Talking about the orb, which might me a bit of a spoiler, in the orb was an infinity stone. In the end credits of Thor: The Dark World they were talking about these stones. There are a couple of them and the one who owns them all can do bad things…Which is shows in the film aswell. When it was said this stone was inside the orb I was very enthusiastic! I wonder how this will work out. An other big cliffhanger thing: Who’s Peter’s father? The guys who picked little Peter up from earth said some very interesting things about him… And now we’ll wait for the sequel: 2017! Oh and who understood the end credits? With the weird duck? Please comment. 🙂

So, the film started really emotional but developed into a film full of action, humor, eighties songs and a very interesting plot. The combination of the different characters was also a very interesting thing to see: How can they even work together? If you’ve seen the end credits of “Thor: The Dark World” and are familiar with the other films in the Marvel Universe, the plot will be a very interesting one. You’ll notice how all the films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe are somehow combined. The film truly is a recommendation and keeps you longing for more!

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One thought on “Review | Guardians of the Galaxy – 2014

  1. Sorry for the late comment. I forgot to do the review and I have bookmark folder with all the reviews in.

    Anyway great review. I Loved the film. Great music and very funny 😀

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