This is a movie that i would genuinely recommend to everyone, the soundtrack alone is reason enough to throw it on, but its also a legitimately well-crafted film across the board. Before i watched this when it was out in cinema i had heard good things but was apprehensive as sometimes, when something is bigged up so much it can leave you a little disappointed… this was not the case. It’s another one of these films that is a little of many genres, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Action, Drama, there’s even a few subtle philosophical nods running throughout it. The story follows ‘Peter Quill’ who upon his mothers death is abducted by a spaceship crew and whisked off to begin a life of intergalactic adventures with a band of scavengers. We begin the film with a young Peter.
Although this movie is Sci-Fi, and some older generations who with one look at the poster or trailer might disregard the film, it is actually a film for all ages, you don’t need to be aware of the back stories of the characters or fully understand the infinity stone paradox to enjoy the film, you quickly enough immerse into the world they’re in and you don’t feel like your only grasping parts of it. The one-liners in this movie should really be made into their own little book as there are some damn diabolical ones thrown out. (Following this thread, the content and humour is a little similar to Deadpool, albeit not as raw and inappropriate, but the quirky and endearingly quirky protagonist with a quick wit could be aligned nicely with Wade Wilson).
The cast is a surprisingly eclectic collection of characters with Chris Pratt leading the crew. Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesal following up in an unexpected move. Crew-wise, we’ve got :
‘Gamora’ : Surgically modified and trained as a living weapon, the adopted daughter of the titan Thanos. (If your someone who pays attention to the connected universes and infinity stones, this name should be familiar).
‘Rocket’ : The result of illegal genetic and cybernetic experiments.
‘Groot’ : A humanoid plant, this was one character that before i watched the film, i couldn’t understand how or why everyone had such an attachment to a walking tree that apparently only had one line…. i came out of the cinema whistling a different tune. Damn adorable.
I’ve long been a huge fan of ‘Parks and Recreation’ and had actually only ever seen Chris Pratt in that kind of comedic role so although i knew that Guardians of the Galaxy was supposed to be a film with a lot of laughs there would no doubt be some heavier moments and i was curious to see how Pratt would personify those moments, i was quite impressed. I’d never seen him play such a demanding role before, one that had layers. After having watched it i couldn’t imagine anyone else filling those boots. Also, the CGI in this film was just flawless, it knitted into the film so well there wasn’t a single moment of “uhh.. went a bit big on that one” (this was my constant reaction throughout Suicide Squad once the 30 minute mark had been passed).
Again, this is another movie that because of the variety of content, and the fact that a significant part of it is in space, it is a delightful watch when your stoned. You’ve some huge laughs and trippy imagery along with Sci-Fi characters and extremely well choreographed fight scenes. The cinematography and direction is mesmerizing at times and bring a tranquil meditative feel that’s constantly juxtaposed with the violence.
As promised the slightly hypnotic cosmic imagery. These kind of scenes really cater to the pharmaceutically enhanced.
There are so damn many laugh-out-loud moments, one in particular that was a tad high-brow and involved the artist “Jackson Pollock” … if you’ve previously seen this film then i’m guessing a little smirk is etched on your face… Along with the variety of moods you flow throughout the film, there are some genuinely soul-warming moments, majority of which are from Groot who just continues to surprise.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a marvel movie without our leader Stan Lee’s inconspicuous cameo.
There’s also another few familiar faces with smaller roles in the film, John C Reilly as per usual was perfection.
So, i would throw on this movie, high or sober, its one of those films that no matter your mood, it absorbs you completely. Your in that world and immersed fully within minutes. The soundtrack alone is a damn masterpiece of the 80s classics. There’s everything you could want out of this movie, action, comedy, CGI and stunning cinematography, lad humour, witty repartee and some badass fight scenes. It’s also a fairly clever and self-aware film which always bumps things up a point or two in my book. Dive in, and preferably watch it on a big screen as it was made to be seen in all its HD glory. You also get to see Chris Pratt pulling some questionable dance moves, and if that isn’t enough of a draw then nothing will be.
Rating : 8/10