Starring:Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana
The blurb says: Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
My verdict: I shall keep this short and sweet, as you all know it’s great already. It is, in essence, a reboot of Star Wars, but then our favourite Jedis were themselves based on good old tales of cowboys and indians. It’s reassuringly familiar subject matter, but the whole film is so well put together you just don’t care. Chris Pratt is warm and funny as Star Lord, Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan both kick enough ass to ensure the film passes the Bechdel test and the two animated characters, Groot and Rocket, are as far removed from the cringe-inducing Jar Jar Binks as you’d wish. There’s even a decent performance from a wrestler, with Dave Bautista being suitably deadpan as Drax.
The design and camera-work is brilliant throughout and the whole thing leaves you with a bloody great big smile on your face. It’s not groundbreaking stuff, but does it need to be when it’s this much fun?
9 out of 10