Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

GOTG offers that adrenaline rush as it roots you for the misguided misfits even if they only have 12% of the plan in saving the galaxy!

Guardians of the Galaxy

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Marvel Studios present…

The film was directed by James Gunn (Super) and co-written by Nicole Perlman bringing inspiration from British comic book writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning as they resurrected a team of space faring, self-anointed super heroes (you’re welcome) that made their debut in Guardians of the Galaxy No. 1 on May 2008. This serves as Marvel’s tenth inning in their on-going cinematic universe that traverses different , characters, stories and realms that hits bottom-line which is to stop the bad guys and save the day!

It all starts with an abduction of a young boy by Yondu and his Ravagers, Michael Rooker (The Replacement Killers) heads the pack of thieves and smugglers. His penchant for bounty and shiny things comes with a price that even if he needs to kill anyone he will do so unless you can bargain your way out of it! Suddenly fast forwarded into another place and time where a certain plunderer who calls himself Star Lord has found a lucrative item that will change all their lives in an instant! Chris Pratt (Moneyball) plays Peter Quill, a self-appointed leader of the Guardians. His real identity served him well throughout the film considering his motives and M.O., he still gets away with the ladies, gets acquitted by the space police and literally obliterates the enemy! Well, after he escapes the wrath of Korath of course courtesy of Djimon Honsou (Blood Diamond) an intergalactic hunter tasked to “pursue” anyone under the name of Kree. He says that he wants to be part of this film for reasons to bring diversity in the genre seeing that his young son idolizes “Spider-Man”!

While bumping into Gamora an alien assassin and surrogate daughter of Thanos who cameos briefly from Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex) through performance capture technology from Luma Pictures facial animation system. Thespian Zoe Saldana (The Losers) keeps getting hitched by alien based projects that really suit her well since “Avatar” and “Star Trek” were box-office giants! She gives meaning to a woman that was forced to live a life of lies with her sister Nebula, jealous of their sibling rivalry due to her father’s favoring of the former. Karen Gillian (Not Another Happy Ending) has good reason why she needs to be bad and to prove her worth knowing she is just second fiddle compared to her sister.

Speaking of giants, former wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista (The Man with the Iron Fist) better known to the free world as Batista of WWE as he gives his sights on Drax The Destroyer, an alien survivor hell bent on revenge with Ronan The Accuser played by Lee Pace (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) a zealot of the Kree Empire serving as its judge, jury and executioner! They may have to deal with their anger issues since both of these titans are always ready to rumble! Unless Nova Prime Irani Rael and her Corps from Xandar has anything to say to it! Academy Award 6 time nominee Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction) serves as their head of state and commands the military / police force aptly named the Nova Corps!

Joining her roster is Ben C. Reilly (Step-Brother) delivers the goods at least not through man child tantrums for once; he is Corpsman Rhomann Dey who actually makes fun of the nonconformists being captured for misdemeanor behavior in open public!

It’s ironic how complete strangers from different species can bring camaraderie in a short span of time knowing that they have their selfish means at first which turns out something more than being selfless. The word could mean so much if you were a “Giving Tree” and protect the wild as “Ranger Rick” as referenced to children’s books back on Earth. Groot a sentient humanoid and Rocket Racoon a weapons expert are the best buddies and they are seen together already when they were bounty hunting. Vin Diesel (Fast and the Furious) and Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) lends their voices for both characters respectively. These two I believe are the heart and soul of the team considering that they are compliment well each other like yin and yang!

Set in London for the initial production in Shepperton Studios which they already started to audition for the main characters. There are certain aspects in making this film that is very uniquely genuine not just with the players involved as the film gives a sense of audacity plus comedy that doesn’t make you sulk.

First off, the music was definitely way off the charts here (get it?) the 1970’s soundtrack that keeps the film rolling and provides each and every scene momentous from the hospital drama, the opening credits, the kick-ass gearing up for battle and the vindication at the end is nothing short of impressive! Taken that that this is an outer space adventure James and the Producer Kevin Feige made sure that the budget is lucrative enough to pay the services of the visual effects companies. Moving Picture Company (MPC) was responsible for most of the visual effects seen on the film as well as the development of Groot while Framestore dealt with Rocket’s design plus the construction of Knowhere which is actually the head of a deceased Celestial! While talents from the likes of Ben Davis (Seven Pyschopaths) as Cinematographer gives an ante up on the production design, putting together the boundaries of CGI and the natural landscape helps amalgamate things in its own cosmic scale through his lens!

Finding the right type of actors’ gives deeper meaning on how someone just portrays these comic book based beings and they really have to stand out knowing that fans will clamor for consistency and interpretation that will really going to have a huge outcome in terms of the success of the given films. The spectacular sets, the ever evolving visual effects, the sounds are all epidermal by nature and seeing guys Chris Pratt become a better lead actor who turned down the offer initially, the transition of Dave for stepping up and being patient with his career or the likes of Vin coming from a death of a friend where he finds solace in Groot! These are the moments you value and at the end of the day make them worth watching on screen!

I find the whole story to be a complete experience knowing that all of these people come together bringing a piece of themselves as they practically become part of a larger scale of things. They lost their families, their worlds but still, they managed to provide this synergy by believing in what they can do and just for once setting aside their differences and self-satisfaction for greed, revenge, redemption and ego! I admired how James was able to bring a massive take on this script with so much heavy hitters in Marvel Comics as they were able to change the CBM landscape while even going beyond the far regions of space!

Finally, after all the team went through from being hunted, incarcerated, blown to pieces and absorb the power cosmic…they all survived! The acid test is a complete success and doubts about the director and with Marvel to choose this bunch of aliens with genuine altruism, ultimately saves the galaxy but demands that you thank them for it!

So a certain shop explodes as the owner Benicio Del Toro also known as Taneeleer Tivan “The Collector (Things We Lost in the Fire) drinks his misery with a cosmonaut canine and a sarcastic duck…bottoms up!


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