"I have part of a plan!"
Release Date: 31 July 2014 (Malaysia), 1 August 2014 (USA)
Directed By: James Gunn
Written By: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper (voice), Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel (voice), Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker
Duration: 121 minutes
In A Nutshell:
Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt), also known by the name 'Star- Lord', is part of a group of thieves and smugglers called 'The Ravengers'. Quill gains possession of an orb which turns out can be used to destroy entire universes. Ronan (played by Lee Pace), one of most deadly villains around, pursues Quill in seek of the orb for that very disastrous reason.
In order to evade Ronan, Quill is forced to form an uneasy truce with a group of individual misfits. They are Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana) -- who is betraying both Ronan and her adopted father Thanos (that guy in the mid-credits scene of The Avengers  -- this time played by Josh Brolin), Rocket (voiced by Bradly Cooper) -- a genetically engineered raccoon and bounty hunter, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) -- an extraterrestrial tree-like creature who is also Rocket's accomplice, and Draxx The Destroyer (played by Dave Bautista) -- a warrior with a personal vendetta against Ronan.
+ Personality quirks. Almost each and every character is uniquely developed and interesting.
+ There's a joke, punchline, or pop-culture reference in every other line of dialogue.
+ Superheroes and space adventures -- absolutely my kind of thing!
+ Awesome mix tape -- catchy and surprisingly fits the movie.
+ Ronan -- an extremely terrifying villain. Can't wait for when Thanos actually plays a major part in a Marvel movie. Brace yourselves when that time comes people!
+ "I am Groot!" -- with all the silliness and flaws of the other characters, Groot is refreshingly innocent. Other films have comic relief, but with this film throwing jokes every two seconds, Groot provides a more heart-felt and grounded relief. Is there an actual term for this?
+ The legend of Footloose  and Kevin Bacon
+ "What are you doing?" -- I don't want to spoil things any further, but when you get to the scene with this line in it, you'll understand.
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- The film tries to establish its many characters while at the same time set-up story-lines for future Marvel instalments. At times this makes it fall victim to having the feel of 'too much going on'.
- Post-credits scene. What a let-down. We want to see something that set-ups future Marvel movies. Hello, Avengers: Age Of Ultron  is coming out next year!
The Verdict Is In:
With Guardians Of The Galaxy being one of Marvel's lesser known characters, the movie is a solid introduction. It kinda feels like a quirky version of Star Wars (and no, not the prequels -- thank God there's no Jar-Jar Binks or Anakin here). Definitely not a 'masterpiece' like some reviews are claiming. But still, its a fun and enjoyable ride nevertheless. Looking forward to future instalments in the series!
7.5 out of 10