MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 121 Mins.
Director: James Gunn
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Stars: Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista
With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 coming out May 5th, 2107 we take a look back at the first Guardians of the Galaxy .
The threat of universal destruction is on the horizon from Ronan, a genocidal alien, war monger. The only thing standing in between us and the end of all things is a space pirate, a bounty hunter, an assassin, and a murderous maniac. We’re screwed, right? Not, if they go by the name of Star Lord, Rocket, Gamora, and Drax or more commonly know as the Guardians of the Galaxy.
First things first, I believe that the fact that this is a lesser known Marvel comic works in this movies favor. The unfamiliarity with the names and locales allows for the viewer to go in without expectations and just enjoy the film without picking it apart. That being said I went and began reading up on the the Guardians before watching this, and I will tell you they nailed the casting of the main characters. Chris Pratt as Star Lord/ Peter Quill is as smart assed as his illustrated counterpart. Rocket is unstable as hell and it’s wonderful. Bradley Cooper my hat is off to you for bringing the raccoon to life properly. Drax is played quite well by Bautista who was my biggest question mark as a member of the cast. He’s funny as the straight man to the other Guardians one liners and zingers. Saldana as Gamora is pretty standard from her as the tough woman who’s sexy enough to lure you in before she whoops that ass. Vin Diesel doesn’t say much as Groot except ” I am Groot”, repeatedly but maybe that’s for the best. Benicio Del Toro reprises his role as the Collecter from the bonus scene at the end of Thor. They even squeeze guest roles in for Glenn Close and John C. Reiley, Michael Rooker, and Djimon Hounsou. The villain, Ronan was a little weak but not enough to cause this film any harm.
The action sequences are top notch and well done. The pacing is fantastic and the film continues to move without losing development of characters or story. You can literally sit back and lose yourself in the movie because of these facts. The movie does slide in a few moments of dramatics but it never is not fun or boring. The film knows what it is and never strays from what works for the material. That focus from the director pushes this movie in the perfect direction. I loved this movie and so will you. Forewarning, that this movie does feature the most foul language I’ve heard in a Marvel movie since Disney got on board. I don’t mean full on Quentin Tarantino dialogue, but it is a bit more frequent than the last few films.