Review of Guardians of the Galaxy by Cynthia Kirkeby
Guardians of the Galaxy is a great example of why we go to the movies. It is fun.. pure and simple. If I were to compare it to something that has gone before, I would say it’s like the very first Star Wars (Episode 4) crossed with Indiana Jones, and a touch of Monty Python for a quirky bit. I loved it!
The chareacters are marvelous. I didn’t think Vin Diesel could do much with Groot who only says “I am Groot” (with one notable exception), but they did. By the end of the film you love the character, much in the same way we all loved Chewbacca in Star Wars. I can’t stress enough how much fun this film was.
In addition to fun dialog, a decent script, and great characters, there are salutes throughout the film to other films that came before. There are the obvious references to Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Arc, but there are also others, including one to The Cabin by the Lake with its specimen boxes. Watch for the references to Shel Silverstein’s Giving Tree, Smokey the Bear‘s friend Ranger Rick, Risa pleasure planet girls, and so much more. It’s full of inside jokes for fans, just like the animated film Planet 51.
But even putting aside all the geek points, the film is just good old family fun. In my neighborhood, we don’t have to wait in long lines to see films like we did in the days of Star Wars and Alien, or more recently like the release of Harry Potter, but if we had to, I wouldn’t have minded at all. Chris Pratt was perfect as Peter Quill, taking on a persona very similiar to that of Han Solo, and Zoe Saldana plays the lovely Gamora (green like the lovely pleasure planet females of the Star Trek universe) although she has major skills when it come to kicking butt in this film. Bradley Cooper was a real stand out as Rocket, a Raccoon who had been the subject of some unexplained bio-experiment. You laugh with him and cry with him, and overall love him. Drax was one of the weaker characters in my book because of his makeup job, which I found slightly distracting, but perhaps they’ll adjust that for the next film.
I’m sure that this film will be the start of a wonderful Marvel franchise of films. Stan Lee did his signature cameo in the film, and I have to say I’m really going to miss those when he finally leaves this mortal plane. The long and the short of this review is to tell you not to miss this one while it’s in the theater. It will still be fun on a home theater system, but it won’t be the same as the big screen. I saw it in 3-D and it was totally worth it. So skip some of the mediocre films this summer, and go see Guardians of the Galaxy. Oh yes, and watch out for the bad guy, Lee Pace is wicked bad as Ronan. I sure wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark alley. Groot on the other hand…. I’d like him in my garden.
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