Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord
Zoe Saldana as Gamora
Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer
Bradley Cooper as Rocket
Vin Diesel as Groot
Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser
Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta
Josh Brolin as Thanos
I may be the only person on the Internet who doesn’t think that Avengers was robbed at the Oscars. It was a decent enough action flick with awesome effects, but no more than that in my opinion. Two years later, another group movie by Marvel was released. I’d like to say that this movie gets the superhero team formula right, but the truth is that this isn’t quite that kind of movie. Guardians of the Galaxy more closely resembles Star Wars than Spider-Man. But any way you look at it, it’s pretty good.
Our story has an odd team of five meeting up. Peter Quill discovers an orb that turns out to be very important. Although three of the other four later members of the team try to steal the orb, circumstances eventually force them to work together. The fifth member, Drax, is seeking revenge on Ronan the Accuser for killing Drax’ family. Ronan, of course wants the orb because it is very powerful.
Performances are pretty good. Chris Pratt plays the role of unlikely leader pretty well. Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, and Bradley Cooper do good jobs as well. As some of you already know, pro wrestler Dave “Batista” Bautista plays Drax. Shockingly, he actually does a decent job. Vin Diesel is a pleasant surprise as Groot as well.
A great help is the humor. The conflict between the Guardians of the Galaxy is well-scripted and acted, and has some very funny moments. This is especially true with Rocket. He’s the ultimate asshole and is a hoot in this capacity.
One issue I do have is how the aliens accede to Quill’s leadership seemingly only because he’s the human. This always happens in sci-fi. But it’s been more ridiculous elsewhere, where a human lost in another galaxy is still the leader even though he knows the least about his surroundings of anyone in the group.
A brief scene after the end credits of Avengers showed us Thanos in his film debut. He reappears here as a setting piece, not the main villain. I guess Marvel is still saving his first major appearance for later.
Although not what you’d expect from Marvel (despite still being based on a comic book), Guardians of the Galaxy is a great sci-fi film. The characters, story, and humor make it a good time for you.
Overall: 8 out of 10