Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MARIAH'S TAKE on Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Genre:
Science Fiction, Action/Adventure
Rating:
PG-13
Release Date:
August 1, 2014
Run Time:
2 hours 2 minutes
Studio:
Marvel Studios

Directed/Written by:
James Gunn
Produced by:
Kevin Feige

Cast:
Chris Pratt as Peter Quill
Zoe Saldana as Gamora
Vin Diesel as Groot (voice)
Bradley Cooper as Rocket (voice)
Dave Bautista as Drax
Lee Pace as Ronan
Karen Gillan as Nebula
Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta

Find the full Cast & Crew on IMDB

Plot Synopsis:
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team--the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure. 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 Thoughts*

Note: This review contains no spoilers

Fun, adventurous, and witty; Guardians of the Galaxy is the best production I’ve seen this year. A band of oddball criminals and misfits save the day in a journey that brings them close together from their primal origins. Quill our acknowledged leader, Gamora a top class assassin, Groot sweet heart plant creature of few words, Rocket a scrappy genius of a raccoon, and Drax simple minded, literal muscle make up the team. Watch as they fight through space; a movie for everyone to watch.~ And as Marvel loves it, watch out hidden Easter eggs, those bits of the movie that reference other Marvel features.

Guardians of the Galaxy is a life or death scenario, as in saving a planet but it didn’t seem at all that overused as an overall plot. Good versus evil never seems to be boring as long as your characters make you love them without even trying. Each character was lacking in qualities that made them a dysfunctional family member to each other but a functional team. There was never a dull moment because of Rocket’s snarky remarks, Quill’s quirky attitude, or Gamora’s attentiveness. Our movie’s antagonist was overdramatic and very loud and very believable… and needed some serious therapy. Ronan the Accuser poses a threat to the Xandarians in an effort to obtain a foreign orb and uses brute tactics to get it. Seems legit… when you’re an all-powerful being who almost everyone in the galaxy fears, you know. For a modern day movie, our writers could have given Ronan a more comprehensive backstory other than “I have a grudge,” but I suppose for time management’s sake that’ll have to do.

It’s not predictable in the sense everyone gets their happy ending or everyone gets to keep their hide, even the villain but in shackles. There are sacrifices for the greater good, good byes that don’t need to be said. Our actors portrayed their parts well, there wasn’t a single moment of hesitation. The visuals were all extraordinarily out of this world, metaphorically and literally *wink, wink*. With what could be considered oldies music, futuristic battle sequences, and modern, witty humor; Guardians of the Galaxy earns a strong four plus point five rating.

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