Until a week before seeing the movie I had never heard of The Guardians of the Galaxy, I am not a reader of superhero comic books. I had seen the first Spiderman film but had missed other Marvel offerings like Thor, Iron Man and Captain America. So I came to this film with no expectations or preconceptions.
I was pleasantly surprised, this film rocks. There is a lot of action and the humour (or should that be humor?) is pitched perfectly. I am reminded most of the first Star Wars films. There are a bunch of misfits who come together to save the universe, a little like Luke, Chewy, Han Solo et al. The first, Peter Quill or Star Lord was abducted from earth as a child on the death of his mother. He possesses that cultural icon of the eighties a Sony Walkman with an “Awesome Mix” tape that provides an interesting eclectic soundtrack for this space adventure. Quill is an unlikely hero, akin to Han Solo, looking to profit from what the universe has to offer. When he finds an orb coveted by the evil Ronan he finds several people after him for the orb or the bounty. First is the green skinned Gamora, a beautiful trained assassin, played by Zoe Saldana (Uhuru in recent Star Trek films). A scuffle involving the pair lands them both in a high security prison, along with a gun toting genetically modified raccoon called Rocket, who tried to capture Quill for the bounty and his sidekick a human like tree with a zen passion for aphorism “I am Groot”. In prison the final member of the Guardians is found: Drax, who looking like a WWF wrestler (or Putin according to my wife), is hell bent on revenge with the kin of Ronan. He takes some convincing not to kill Gamora, but is eventually won over.
Perhaps my only gripe are the villains; Ronan and his psychotic sidekick Nebula’s motivations aren’t really explored in any detail and they seem rather one-dimensional.
The effects are phenomenal as one would expect in this CGI age, lots of spaceships fighting and some surreal sci fi weirdness. But it is the humour and humanity of the characters that makes this film a must see.
My rating 9 out of 10