The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands into the cosmos when brash space adventurer Peter Quill steals a coveted orb and becomes the object of a relentless bounty hunt. To evade his enemies, Quill forges an uneasy truce with Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly assassin Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb, he must rally his ragtag band of misfits for a desperate battle that will decide the fate of the galaxy.
You'll either love it or hate it. I hated it :(
- Guardians of the Galaxy review by RP
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It's the great summer blockbuster of 2014, it's had some excellent reviews and most people seem to like it. So I was looking forward to it and sat down with two other 'big boys' with refreshments to hand. It was *DIRE*.
I grew up in the 1950s and 60s when US comics were expensive and (relatively) hard to come by, when what was on offer here in the UK was Beano, Dandy, Topper, Hotspur, Eagle etc. The US comics were full of colour, full of amazing characters having amazing adventures. I loved 'em and consumed them avidly.
This film is full of colour, full of amazing characters having amazing adventures - and I hated it. All three of us hated it. Yes, the effects are good, there's a few amusing wisecracks and some old-style music that's not bad. But the storyline is awful (silly I can accept - after all it is comic-based) and the 'acting' is embarrassingly bad. A dislikeable wisecracking CGI raccoon - is that supposed to be original? A butt-kicking female - is that supposed to be original? Baddies trying to dominate the universe - is that supposed to be original? Men in rubber suits and silly make-up pretending to be aliens - is that supposed to be original?
The only positive thing I can say is that Vin Diesel was well cast, for a 'wooden' actor - as a tree, whose lines consisted almost entirely of "I am Groot". Great acting, Vin.
Given the number of people who seem to have enjoyed it I'm probably well in the minority, so it's perhaps one of those films you either love or hate. I'm definitely in the latter camp, so I'll give it an over-generous 1/5 stars.
Good film for what it is.
- Guardians of the Galaxy review by AF
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If you want to have a laugh with the older kids (around 12) then watch this.
If you have the sound system then the 7.1 soundtrack is superb. This film has great visuals, great 70s music all mixed with in with some funny gags. Don't expect a miracle just expect to be entertained. Nothing groundbreaking here just light entertainment.
While Marvel have been increasingly inventive with their films over the last few years with their previous film Captain America: The Winter Soldier managing to be part superhero movie, part political conspiracy while never missing a beat when it comes to out there action and adventure. Guardians while expanding the vast universe Marvel has created also fails to take that many risks, it holds to the conventions of many of Marvel’s initial outings while never quite establishing its characters beyond the archetypes they had in their head initially.
Guardians of the Galaxy follows Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) or as he likes to call himself, Star Lord as he steals a powerful orb and finds himself being chased by murderer Ronan (Lee Pace) across the galaxy. He is joined by assassin Gamorra (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper), living tree Groot (Vin Diesel) and revenge seeking Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) as they try to keep the orb away from Drax and make a little bit of money for it as they go.
The problem with Marvel and Guardians isn’t its visuals (they are breathtaking), it isn’t the acting (although Saldana is still horrendous as ever) but its the failure to see that the film they have created, no matter how out there the worlds they have built for it are, is strictly following a formula designed for the sequels to follow it and not the film it is trying to present. The film aims down the road, never considering the film that is being crafted in the here and now. Jokes fall flat because they are poorly thought out, the action is entertaining but has been done before and overall the film feels too messy, even if that is one of the defining characteristics of this little group of misfits.
All in all Guardians is a fun little picture with some excellent fight scenes as well as some great comic timing from, wait for it, Bautista, but it misses the point of Guardians somewhat which is the strange factor and while a talking racoon does make up for it in some parts there is nothing in this film that feels especially out there.