The story starts with a young Peter Quill sitting in a hospital listening to his Walkman, he’s led into see his mother who’s laying in a hospital bed by his grandfather. His mother dies and the young boy runs out of the hospital with tears streaming from his eyes. He falls to his knees on a grassy hill covered in mist just outside the hospital, and A spaceship bathes him in light and we cut to the animated Marvel logo and I get goosebumps because, with a lump in my throat and tears close to falling from my eyes, I know this is going to be a movie that exceeds my high expectations.
This is a blog post that I’ve been trying to figure out how to write for some time now. I’ve tried writing a very technical one which looks at all the strong points of the movie and the few weak points. I’ve tried writing one from the heart, which was pretty much me gushing about how great a movie Guardians of the Galaxy is, and thats what it is, A great movie. I saw it four times at the cinema and I’m itching for the Blu-Ray to come out so I can watch it again. Yes, it is a little predictable but who really cares? It’s a movie which not only all but brought me to tears two or three times each time I watched it but it also had me laughing, leaning forward (especially when Drax passes Rocket the gun as he’s atop Groot during the prison escape, ‘Oh Yeah’) and during that first screening there people clapping and there was almost people cheering! Now, that’s something I’ve never known in a cinema before.
Above everything else though this movie was fun. From when we’re watching Peter Quill a.k.a Starlord, dancing around a ruined alien planet till the stingers at the end. This is a movie that knew exactly what it wanted to be. I’ve heard a few people saying that this is a movie which has director James Gunn’s finger prints all over it, and having only seen his film Slither I can see what they mean a little by that. Having Gunn direct I think was a master stroke by Marvel and I’m itching to see what they do with the sequel.
The cast was spot on as well, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Zoe Saldana were very likeable, although I’d like to see Saldana’s Gamora freed up a little. She seemed to carry the weight of knowing just how much danger they were all in. Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel did the voice work for Rocket and Groot and both were brilliant, Cooper especially was unrecognisable as the foul mouthed racoon. Theres a very strong supporting cast which includes Lee Pace, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Benicio Del Torro and John C. Reilly. A special mention for Karen Gillen, who played Nebula. She was fantastic I thought and took the attention of most of the scenes she was in.
A lot has been said of the fantastic soundtrack this movie has, and it deserves the praise as it does add a huge amount to the film but I just want to talk about the score, which I think was very good. It’s very reminiscent of the soundtrack for The Avengers I thought.
For me this movie has shot straight into the top five of my favourite movies, in fact it’s probably at the top. Having seen it four times, it got stronger with each viewing, I think this will be my Star Wars.