Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)

Since the start of Marvel’s run in 2008, all their movies were directly related, leading us to the Avengers. Thus, some said Marvel won’t pull off Guardians of the Galaxy without using the same strategy of introducing each of the members in their own movie. Marvel proved them wrong. And although The Avengers is arguably Marvel’s best movie yet, Guardians of the Galaxy is, without a doubt, the most charming.

The movie starts with the day Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) left Earth, and fast-forwards to him finding a mysterious orb many years later. Now, Ronan The Accuser (Lee Pace) sends Gamora (Zoe Saldana) to retrieve the orb, and a bounty on Quill’s head leads to Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) looking for him as well. Events then lead to all four characters being imprisoned and meeting Drax (Dave Bautista).

Personally, I wasn’t surprised with Guardians of the Galaxy’s success, but I was surprised by how charming and hilarious it was. Of course, we are used to Marvel’s approach, which consists of action, spectacle, and humor, but never before have I laughed so hard in one of their movies. On multiple occasions, the combined work of director James Gunn, the writers, and the actors resulted in some of the funniest scenes Marvel have delivered to date. As for the action and spectacle, it was also something new to the Marvel cinematic universe. With the space fights, the weapons, and Rocket Raccoon, every action scene was a rollercoaster ride from start to finish.

To make things better, Guardians of The Galaxy doesn’t take itself too seriously, so with no dramatic tension and too much focus on each of the Guardians’ past, there was enough room in one movie to decently develop the characters’ personalities. As a result, we found ourselves watching four charming characters who are far more interesting than the Captain America and Thor we saw in The Avengers. I personally think Rocket Raccoon and Groot were to fall for, and I can’t wait to see them back on the big screen.

The Verdict

Guardians of The Galaxy isn’t great, but with the great visuals, the outstanding sense of humor, and a whole bunch of lovable and interesting characters, it is the most charming Marvel movie so far, and we couldn’t ask for a better start of a new series. Sure, it doesn’t tell us everything about Thanos, Quill’s father, and the Infinity Stones, but it tells us just enough to start building solid, probably explosive, sequels. Chapeau bas, James Gunn. Marvel’s done it again.

Rating: 9.0/10. The most charming and hilarious of the Marvel movies.


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