The summer blockbuster is a thing I do indeed enjoy but at the same time, many of said blockbusters are absolute garbage that are overfilled with special effects. I don’t consider myself one of those people who reviews movies but hates all the big budget Hollywood flicks that come out because many of said big budget Hollywood flicks have had a huge influence on me as a person, film reviewer, and (hopefully) future filmmaker. My favorite movie is Back to the Future if that is sufficient enough proof. Guardians of the Galaxy is the exact type of big budget Hollywood flick I want. It’s fun, self referential, incredibly funny, loaded with enjoyable pop culture references, well-shot action scenes, and great acting by the entire cast. There (almost) isn’t a single hole in this movie to poke through as everything just works.
The movie begins with a prologue scene in 1988 where Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is waiting in the hospital as his mother is dying from cancer and she eventually does and Peter runs away in anger from what has happened but is then abducted by a spaceship. We then cut to 26 years later and Peter has established himself as a space pirate of some sorts (kind of but nobody really knows who the hell he is…despite him thinking he is a “legendary outlaw”) and a bunch of troubles later leads us to meeting Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a raccoon who was experimented on and can talk and is a complete wiseass and loudmouth, Groot (Vin Diesel), a tree creature who can only say “I am Groot” and that is a one-note joke throughout the film that is incredibly hilarious for inexplicable reasons beyond the fact that these characters are just so fucking cool, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), an assassin with a past life of crime, Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a warrior who seeks vengeance due to the death of his wife and daughter, and those are what consist of the group eventually labeled as “Guardians of the Galaxy.” All of these characters have interesting and unique attributes that make them all worth paying attention to. They are what make this film. They are hilarious, heartfelt, and endearing characters that feel real and honest and just like how The Avengers (in the 2012 film) didn’t work well together at first, these guys don’t either but they eventually learn to do so.
These characters are so lovable and the consistent jokes are what make this film work on nearly every level. All of the characters play off each other just like The Avengers did but in their own unique, quirky way that differentiates itself from The Avengers just enough. Truly, this movie is a sci-fi adventure with a great sense of humor and adventure just like Star Wars was in 1977 (and still is). It truly feels like a modern day Star Wars flick and in fact, is more of a Star Wars flick than the prequels could ever hope to be because there is loads of sincerity thriving off Guardians. You can tell the people making Guardians loved what they were doing due to the movie being self-aware about the ridiculousness of a movie with a raccoon that shoots rockets and a tree that attacks people (yet it still manages to be incredibly heartwarming with said tree character and said raccoon that shoots rockets).
The action scenes are absolutely gorgeous to look at but that isn’t really surprising coming from a Marvel film considering every movie in the Cinematic Universe has been beautiful to look at. Some of the city landscapes as well feel very Star Wars-esque and are absolutely amazing and breathtaking especially the planet of Xandar.
The performances by Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper stand out the most for me. I expected Pratt to be great considering he is just fucking incredible as Andy on Parks and Recreation and I already knew he was going to be absolutely hilarious in this movie if the script was all for it (and it was). Bradley Cooper gave Rocket such a personality (so did the animators of course) and you could barely even tell that it was Cooper, which is pretty incredible in itself. The performances as a whole carry this film along with the script that is jam-packed with well-written jokes (and even some well-written sentimental stuff too).
My only real issue is that the film has a lack of great villains but I’ve come to expect that from most of the Marvel universe films as the only decent villain thus far has been Loki. The villain is barely even memorable and is really just an angry guy who wants power and has no real development but that’s really a slight problem in a nearly flawless film. The film still manages to jumble around a bunch of characters (including a few appearances by other characters I won’t mention especially in the post credits scene that is BY FAR the funniest post credits scene I’ve seen in a Marvel flick) with ease and not make it feel overstuffed and everything simply works with such a clear-cut, well-written script and great acting. Go see Guardians. You have no reason not to. Support the blockbusters that deserve your money and not the ones that don’t. I know it probably won’t make a real difference to not spend money to see garbage like Transformers or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but it is still worth it to speak with your wallet and support a great movie like Guardians.
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Jesse Jordon is an aspiring comedic writer/filmmaker/performer/pieceofshit who writes this garbage on these blogs to make you laugh or learn something I guess. (Wait, why am I switching from 1st and 3rd person point of view when I’m the only one writing this?) You can follow him on Twitter if you want I guess @WhyShitSoCrazy