By Kyle Minton
Guardians of the Galaxy Review
Like most die-hard movie fans, I grew up a huge fan of Star Wars. The characters were charismatic and original, the stories were simple but deep, and the world(s) that we entered were unlike anything we had ever seen before. It was the kind of movie that you walked out of the theater with a guaranteed smile on your face that would stick around until the next day. Well, ladies and gentlemen, in the words of the great and wise Yoda “There is another”. Guardians of the Galaxy was as risky a choice for Marvel to put to screen as any movie they’ve ever made. It is also the most original movie and the most fun I’ve had at the movies since The Avengers back in 2012. Though the plot and storyline are a little rudimentary, the characters are absolutely perfect in every way. Like The Avengers, the depth and relationship of the characters are the absolute strongpoint and glue of this movie. They are characters who are different in every way but have very similar backstories, thus creating a strong, emotional bond that brings them together.
The film stars Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who also goes by his personal alias “Star Lord”. He’s a charismatic smuggler who’s kidnapped from Earth when he was a child by the Ravagers, a gang of space thugs led by the Nightcrawler/Avatar blend named Yondu (Michael Rooker). When Quill is sent to retrieve an artifact to sell on the Nova Korps home world of Xandar, he is attacked by Korath (Djimon Hounsou…quite a big name for such a small role). Quill escapes the attack and flees to the planet to sell the artifact. While that happens, we meet our main antagonist, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), a Kree radical who makes an agreement with the super-villain Thanos (voiced by Josh Brolin) to retrieve the artifact that Peter Quill has taken in order to establish world domination. And, I have to admit, this comes to the weakest part of the movie. Ronan the Accuser’s power and ability is evident. But the overall character comes across as the spoiled kid that complains to his parents that he received the 2013 Mustang instead of the brand new 2014 Mustang. Though we are supposed to see him as an all-powerful being, his pouty face and somewhat pouty demeanor doesn’t let that description come to fruition in a very convincing way.
Ronan the Accuser sends Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a personal trained assassin for Thanos, to retrieve the artifact from Quill. While on the home planet of Xandar, Gamora ambushes Quill and they fight for the artifact in the city streets. While that’s happening, we meet the scene-stealing Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), a wise-cracking, genetically altered raccoon that makes his living as a bounty hunter. We also meet Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). The muscle for Rocket, he’s a tree-like human whose vocabulary is limited to three words: “I am Groot”. Rocket and Groot try to capture Quill so they can deliver him for a significant amount of money. All four characters are arrested for causing chaos in the city and are thrown in prison. While in prison, they meet and befriend Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a warrior in search of revenge against Ronan for the murder of his family
When the team finally comes together in the same room, the movie starts to take off to the movie we’ve all been raving about. Though this movie may not be as complex and thought-provoking as most comic book films these days (The Dark Knight, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and X-Men), the film successfully captures the reason why we go to the movies; to have a fun time, to laugh, to cry (I personally didn’t cry but I guarantee someone will cry at this movie). Its pace is flawless, the movie never takes itself too seriously and the characters are just so damn likable. It’s a possibility with the originality in the characters and story that we could be seeing a sci-fi franchise in the making that we haven’t seen since Star Wars. Take the kids, take the girlfriend, take your friends, I don’t care. See Guardians of the Galaxy and have a freakin’ blast. And don’t forget, “We are Groot.”