Guardians of the Galaxy Review by Super Luis
A Galaxy Worth Guarding
Greetings interwebs, the name’s Super Luis and welcome to my very first movie review! I was graciously provided this opportunity to review by fellow reviewer The Dork Knight. Huge thanks to Cosmic Comics for the advanced screening of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, in theaters August 1st. First, see the trailer below, get stoked, then check out my spoiler free review.
When someone says Marvel, we all think of big time heroes and heroines. Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and many more may come to mind. All these names we associate to the popular Marvel characters we’ve come to know and love. Some of these, like Spider Man, are common pop culture icons any one can recognize. But what about Star-Lord? WHO? Exactly my thoughts when I heard of this film, but fear not moviegoers, not knowing is the best part!
Guardians of the Galaxy unveils a vibrant universe full of intergalactic life. Reminiscent of the universe you explore in BioWare’s video game series Mass Effect. In the far reaches of outer space, we follow the perspective of pilot Peter Quill – aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt). Previously from earth, Quill steals a mysterious orb unknowingly coveted by Ronan, a supreme villain of ultimate power whose ambitions threaten the entire galaxy. In order to evade Ronan, Quill is forced to recruit the help of four misfits: Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a short tempered raccoon-like creature with a penchant for big guns, Groot (Vin Diesel), a strong but silent tree-like humanoid, Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) the ‘Deadliest Woman in the Universe’ and really, that’s all you need to know.
For such a lively cast of characters like the Guardians, each was given enough screen time to be appreciated and loved. Quill brings a special kind of quirkiness to the story. Frequently dishing out puns or sarcastic remarks. Pratt brings much needed comic relief to what otherwise would just be another sci-fi flick full of sci-fi jargon. Along with clever companion Rocket, the two make for an effective on screen bro-team. Gamora is the sexy, sassy female character, but Saldana is no pushover, she’s more like a Xena: Warrior Princess, except in space. Even the tree-like humanoid Groot managed to be an audience favorite by the end of the film.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the result of what happens when Marvel brings it’s “not so A-List” comic book heroes to the big screen. In recent years, we’ve seen many favorites from Marvel’s universe star in their very own blockbuster adventures whose stories have been adapted countless times, with many iterations of style and narrative. For die hard comic book fans, elements brought from the comics add that spice of similarity to the film. For example, we all know how Batman’s parents were killed, so we are more excited to see how the film depicts that on screen. What’s great about Guardians is that you don’t need to know anything about their universe or the characters in it to enjoy the journey.
In the end, I give Guardians of the Galaxy a solid 4 out 5 stars. Marvel has been consistent with its stride in successful comic-to-film adaptations and Guardians of the Galaxy is no exception. So sit back, relax, and let Star-Lord drive.