From left Chris pratt, Vin Diesel (Voice of Groot), Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, and Bradley Cooper (voice of Rocket Raccoon) in Marvel’s “Guardians of The Galaxy”
Currently killing the billboard charts and just passed two hundred million at the box office Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy is the movie everyone is talking about. With an awesome soundtrack featuring 70’s and 80’s favorites you can expect to hear everything from Blue Suede’s “hooked on a feeling” to Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”; not to mention the opening of the film which puts a funny spin on the classic open of Raiders of The Lost Ark features Peter Quill AKA StarLord (Chris Pratt) rockin’ out to Redbone’s “Come and Get your love” whilst kicking deadly aliens around as if they were flies. To steal the infinity gem in what looks like a pyramid. Marvel has certainly struck gold with Guardians, but in all fairness it’s not the first time.
Drawing inspiration from Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s run from 2007 that eventually came to an end in 2010. Marvel’s Guardians captures the feel and look of the comics in such a way that even those unfamiliar with the comics will gain an understanding of just who these characters are by the film’s end. There is no question about it; Marvel definitely took a big risk with this outing, and the success of Guardians will no doubt affect Joss whedon’s Age of Ultron, but that’s a different story entirely. As the film takes an Avengers like ensemble, puts them in space and finds them all fighting for the same thing, the purple infinity gem.
Guardians, like most Marvel movies before it, is a macguffin film because all of its central characters are fighting for it; It’s their solution to their problems and in some cases worth millions in galactic currency. Ronan The accuser (Lee Pace) was hired by Thanos (An uncredited Josh Brolin) to retrieve it for his own evil doing, but sent Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) to do his dirty work and retrieve it for him. What Ronan didn’t know was each daughter of Thanos had their own intentions with it. Granted, Ronan is a worthy adversary in his own right and has his own intentions for it and is the film’s main villain. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista) come off as if they were simply caught in the crossfire. Peter originally stole the gem to sell, but was caught by Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Rocket Raccoon (Voiced by Bradley Cooper) due to the bounty he had on him for leaving Yondu (Michael Rooker) out the sale. Drax’s only purpose for even being in the film is to seek revenge for the death of his family at the hands of Ronan. If you can keep up with all of this, that is the pace of how quickly this film moves, as these characters collide on the planet of Xandar also known as the home of the Nova Corp whose leader Nova Prime (Glenn Close) appears for a couple scenes to give orders and merely become aware of the outlaws existence as well as the threat Ronan proves to become to xandar and its inhabitants.
Djimon Hounsou’s Korath is just another pawn in Ronan’s game, although the opening scene in which he questions peter Quill about his nickname was indeed used in the marketing campaign. Fans will be happy to know that no deleted scenes were to used to sell the film either, everything you see in the various trailers you will see happen in the film. A rarity in today’s market considering most trailers are just meant to “Accompany the film” and be nothing more than a piece of advertising.
With the success of Guardians it’s also a safe bet to say that Marvel films can guarantee at least 94 to 95 million during the first weekend of release. Although these films usually cross the 200 million mark at some point, it’s usually much later on. With, Guardians opening numbers matching that of Marvel’s other phase 2 films Captain America; The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World. This also means that a fan base has been found and for some time Marvel/Disney can bank on it. Not to mention the fact the summer box office was looking dire until the film’s timely release.
Guardians of The Galaxy is without question one of this summer’s best films. It’s a comic lovers dream featuring a talking Raccoon, dancing tree, and more importantly the film stands up for all things society thinks is cool not to do today. Whether it be saving a universe or simply giving a damn, do not miss this film.