Special guest reviewer: LASSutherland
With any Marvel film you expect a certain amount of grandeur to go with every action packed explosion and expertly delivered gag. This can sometimes be to the studios own detriment, when they start taking themselves too seriously. Thankfully this is a truly explosive new installment of the franchise, with virtually no pomp and circumstance whatsoever.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the story of five less than scrupulous individuals banding together to (pause for dramatic affect) save the Galaxy! From the Writing/Directing expertise of James Gunn (Super, Movie 43) and a genius ensemble cast Chris Pratt (Her, Movie 43), Vin Diesel (Pitch Black, Fast and the Furious), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek) and Dave Bautista (WWE star, Riddick) comes an energized space opera that’s much less “Luke, I am your father” and more “What a bunch of A-holes.”
The cast (both main and peripheral) show themselves to be truly at home in there rolls. The action does not take center stage, meaning that character interaction can take president when it needs to, thus meaning that when we get to the explosions, they are all the sweeter.
Sadly this doesn’t pave the way for totally seamless scenes, some interactions between actors and CG characters are stilted and overly telegraphed. Now while I understand that it’s difficult to talk to something that’s not there, they are there in the final cut and it can sometimes feel as if the actors aren’t looking at them.
A truly high point of the film is the soundtrack, whilst the orchestral background music blends seamlessly form scene to scene, it can get buried in the sound effects. But this is second to Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (the Mix tape Peter Quill (Chris Pratt)carries with him at all times) each song features as a standalone in its own scene, thus giving us both a reference point and a reminder of key plot points in the narrative.
On the whole, whether you are a die-hard comic book nerd, or just a fan of a good old fashioned space adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy is a must see. Some highs some lows, but utterly worth it, intergalactic talking trees and smart mouthed raccoon included.
This movie has been given a 8.5 on the Movie Scale of Justice…. “What a bunch of A-holes.”
This movie has been rated and reviewed by our guest reviewer LASSutherland.