So I Just Watched… Guardians Of The Galaxy (Marvel Studios, 2014)
When this film was first announced almost two years ago I was very skeptical. Marvel had just managed to win me over with phase one bringing most of the Avengers to life in solo films and with a huge blockbuster reuniting them as a team that showed the world how super hero films should be done. The line-up for phase two was looking good with follow up to great stories from characters I loved until I ogled the name “Guardians Of The Galaxy”. Not only I didn’t knew what the hell was this about, I kept asking myself why these guys deserved a film. In those two years time I got to read a fair share of the comics about these guys and while the original 70’s saga an team didn’t click with me, the adventures of Peter Quill and the band he gathered in 2008 in the second volume of the comic penned by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning was a blast to read. Fast forward to 2012 and we have a third volume of the comic by the hand of the always capable Brian Michael Bendis (whom hardcore Marvel fans seems love to hate) who chronicles the adventures of current incarnation of the team featured in the film.
For starters I gotta say that Marvel took a HUGE chance with this one. It had every ingredient to be a hit or to be a clusterfuck of epic proportions. Somehow James Gunn and Marvel Studios pulled it off. Taking some of the most obscure Marvel Comics characters and elements and making them likable, enjoyable and almost familiar, this is the Marvel Comics film of the year. It’s the best release of Phase 2 so far with a solid cast of actors that are well known, but by no means are superstars (The biggest actors in the roster just lend their voices to CGI generated characters). If you have been tracking The Marvel Cinematic Universe you will get the familiar sense of continuity set in every film they make, the appearance of Thanos was incredibly welcome and it will give fans something to keep building the expectations about when is this character gonna make his big move. Chris Pratt nails Peter Quill and very much like Robert Downey Jr/Tony Stark, makes the character his own by being the adorable doofus he plays in almost everything he acts in. Zoe Saldana it’s the ever reliable scy-fy girl who kicks ass and takes no names as Gamora and Batista makes a very welcome addition as Drax, the man who doesn’t seem to get a metaphor. Lee Pace plays and incredibly good Ronan, although sometimes a little bit to intense for a character who actually knows how to keep his cool most of the times in the comics. The voice work of Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Josh Brolin as Rocket, Groot and Thanos is very clean and flawless. All in all this films is just aces. It works as a great origin story. It’s very dynamic and it gives you a good fill on laughs, drama and heroics. My sole regret about it? I wanted to see more Nova Corps and more Nova-powers.
I was truly surprised by this one. Marvel Studios just keeps upping the ante with every release they make. They just set the bar very high for themselves as with each film they release. Guardians Of The Galaxy it’s a show of how-to-make a proper introduction to new obscure and unknown elements in your universe without losing your cool. So I say now: bring on these movies about Ant-Man, Dr. Strange and Black Panther!!!