Jean-Paul’s Rating: 4/5 stars
Bottom Line: A very enjoyable variation on the Superhero theme of movie. Lots of likeable characters, some good humor, slightly touching. The larger ship fight action scenes fall flat because they are mostly impossible to follow.
Well, Marvel has yet another winning franchise. Who’d a thunk that a movie about a bunch of misfit heroes with pretty much zero name recognition would be both a success and as good as it actually was? A lot of this has to do with the fine cast of second tier stars. Chris Pratt started off a little soft and appeared to be a little uncomfortable as Peter Quill (Starlord), but he very quickly pulled it all together to create an incredibly likeable character. The interactions between Gamora (Zoe Salander) and Drax (Dave Bautista) were entertaining. Vin Diesel gives the acting performance of his life as Groot. And Bradley Cooper steals scene after scene as the raccoon, Rocket.
The key to this film’s success is actual, honest to goodness character development. Marvel seems to be really good at this, but this is really the first time they have gone full-bore introducing five new heroes and yet still cram the story full of character development for all five of them while at the same time telling a pretty decent story. Another key factor to this movie’s success is the lightness of the story. Yes, serious stuff is happening all around, but there’s also always time for a well placed and very well-timed joke. Like when Rocket says he needs the prisoner’s mechanical leg to help them escape. Classic.
The only real downside to the movie were the way too hectic battle scenes. The close up action worked really well, but get more than a few ships speeding across the screen at the same time and you really can’t tell what’s going on. Messy visual spectaculars are all the rage these days, unfortunately. Of course, it doesn’t really matter what’s going on in those scenes so it’s easy to look past it.
Yep, there will be another “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, you can all but guarantee it. This one was too fun and appears to be as successful as it needs to be to make it happen. It’s a great group of characters and I’m looking forward to seeing their next adventure. In the meantime, I’m sure I’ll watch this movie again once or twice.