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'Guardians of the Galaxy': Behold, it's out of this world

By Wang DexianMovies - 31 July 2014 10:00 AM | Updated 11 August 2014

'Guardians of the Galaxy': Behold, it's out of this world

Guardians of the galaxy

Our Rating

5/5 Stars

Marvel Studios is arguably on top of the world right now. 

The young and the grown-ups who are young at heart are in love with its films, and just about every new release is an event, whether it’s ‘Thor’, ‘Iron Man’ or ‘Captain America’.

One would presume that such success would then lead the studio to keep it safe with a “stick to the tried-and-tested” attitude.

Instead, Marvel's latest big-screen offering is a big roll of the dice just as it was with its first movie outing, ‘Iron Man’.

CREATURES BIG AND SMALL 

‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ revolves around Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), the self-anointed “Star-Lord”, a human who was abducted from Earth as a little boy. 

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Now a bounty hunter, he manages to retrieve an orb-like artifact, but it is an object that is also hunted by a big bad alien, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). 

Ronan dispatches Gamora (Zoe Saldana), step-daughter of Thanos' (another evil guy),  to track down Star-Lord.

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Elsewhere, Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper voicing an angry gun-toting raccoon) and Groot (Vin Diesel as a humanoid tree who just says 'I am Groot') notice the massive bounty that is being placed on Star-Lord’s head and try to cash in.

Then, getting in the mix as well is Drax the Destroyer (WWE's Batista/Dave Bautista), a very angry guy who holds a grudge against Ronan for murdering his family.

So there you have it: Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot and Drax: the five misfits that make up your “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

QUIRKY AND DAZZLING 

So far, “phase two” of Marvel's domination of the film world has essentially been made up of sequels to ‘Iron Man’, ‘Thor’, ‘Captain America ‘and an upcoming one for ‘Avengers’.

‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ is the only new property in the line-up. And what a responsibility this film has, opening up the realm of space to its movie universe.

The man they have chosen to direct this film is James Gunn, a director whose past efforts have a clear style behind them - work that is quirky and slightly dark.

As expected, the film is visually dazzling, with new species, planets and locales to impress you. 

A particular highlight is Knowhere, a mining space station made out of the severed head of a Celestial (giant god-like beings of the Marvel universe). 

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Benecio Del Toro plays The Collector

RETRO MUSIC

Sure, ‘Guardians’ is remarkably funny, with plenty of easy laughs generated simply through the snarky banter among the five leads alone, but Gunn’s directorial choices make it stand out even more. 

Score a sci-fi movie with songs from the 1970s? Sure. 

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Have your leading man constantly dance and drop pop-culture references from the 1980s? Why not?

Combine these with Gunn’s flair for action sequences that start off feeling rather casual and then seemingly jump up a notch at will, and you just have to bow its genius.

In a way, the property’s relative obscurity helps, as Gunn is able to put his stamp on the movie with far fewer restrictions.

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There is a common thread of loss and tragedy that binds the characters together. The laughs and gags never threaten to overwhelm the film’s emotional moments, which are aplenty in the film.

Even in a story where planetary genocide comes into play, Gunn’s hopeful and earnest tone shines through, especially in his actors’ performance, with everyone easy to love.

Unpredictable, hysterical, action-packed, filled with adventure and heart, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ will bring out the inner child in you.

Were early proclamations of this being Marvel’s ‘Star Wars’ correct?

It doesn’t seem too far-fetched now. For new converts and old comic-book fans, 2017 cannot come fast enough so we may catch up with Peter, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot again.

‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ is now showing in cinemas 


Entertainment journalist Wang Dexian, or just Dex (@dxtehsecks), is a chronic insomniac. His eyes are usually closed, except when he's in the cinema

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  • Guardians Of The Galaxy

    (2014)
  • Rated
    PG13 /
    Genre
    Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
  • Language
    Eng
  • (7 Reviews)