Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper
Directed by: James Gunn
Guardians of the Galaxy is the newest installment in the Marvel franchise and it is once again a juggernaut at the box office. It made $94 million on its opening weekend and will probably end up near the billion dollar mark when all is said and done. What makes this so different from other summer blockbusters is that it is really good. It actually reminded me a lot of the Avengers. What this movie did the best was knowing exactly what it was. This is a comic book movie, but unlike other superheroes Guardians of the Galaxy was always meant to be a little more humorous and off the beaten path. The movie does a great job of embodying that. As soon the scene starts to get a little serious or emotional there is some joke to lighten the mood. I spent most of the movie laughing. Part of what makes this film so enjoyable are the actors. The show stealer is definitely Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper). I honestly thought Rocket was going to be the worst character just given his appearance but I actually liked him the most. The other actors are also great and they all work really well together as a group. Obviously the film has great visuals and I expected nothing less from Marvel. The soundtrack was another surprise. Instead of writing a whole bunch of original pieces or using popular songs from today, Marvel brought in a whole bunch of oldies that worked so well with the story but also made the audience laugh. The only other movie that has made me laugh from soundtrack alone is Django Unchained but Guardians of the Galaxy can be added to that list. The weak part of this film was the plot. Marvel usually does a better job with story although when creating a new universe with 5 different characters sometimes it is more important to introduce all the characters instead of crafting a wonderful story, so I’ll give a pass for the first film. All in all this is a great film and definitely worth seeing in theaters as soon as possible.