Guardians of the Galaxy is probably one of the most highly anticipated and talked about films of the year. When announced it immediately polarized fans. A talking tree, an edgy raccoon and and Andy from Parks and Recreation. I think it’s safe to say most of us had the same reaction: “have Marvel totally lost it?”.
It seemed like Marvel were blissfully unaware of how ridiculous this whole thing sounded, and it didn’t look good.
Then the trailer hit and everything changed. It became obvious - Marvel were in on the joke, and they wanted the fans to be in on it as well.
Guardians of the Galaxy is probably one of the most fun Superhero films of all time. It’s hilarious, whacky, zany, ridiculous, and totally over the top. But at the same time it’s incredibly touching and has a TON of heart.
The entire cast puts in a top notch performance. There isn’t a weak link on the team. Director James Gunn does an impressive job injecting a lot of individuality and humor into each character and giving them all their chance to shine.
Comedically the film doesn’t miss a beat, every five minutes there’s a laugh-out-loud moment. Visually the film is stunning and has some of the best special effects I’ve seen a sci-fi movie. The soundtrack is out of this world, and the film does an amazing job blending it into the storyline.
You’ll fall in love with each of the characters. A special congratulations has to go to the team for the character of ‘Groot’. When announced it kicked up quite a controversy (A tree that can only say his name?) but the film handles him so beautifully he’ll make you laugh and cry at the same time.
A special shout-out is necessary for John C Riley. Although he only has a little screen-time he completely steals the show each time he’s on screen.
If you haven’t seen it already - make it so. There’s no other film quite like it. The tone is something we haven’t seen yet from Marvel, and if we’re lucky this is just the start. With the outrageous success Guardians has received let’s hope it encourages them to take more ambitious chances with lesser known characters in the future.