I know, another Marvel movie on the big screens. As a fanboy comic geek (yes, I admit it) I had high hopes for The Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn, even knowing very little about the comic books it is based on. Marvel Studios has turned out some of the biggest blockbuster films of the last 5 years or so and I was confident that they would not pull any punches with Guardians.
I was not disappointed! The trailers do a very good job of enticing the desire to see this film and they are not misleading at all. This film is fun, serious, technically beautiful and over the top at the same time. I love a comic movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously and Guardians makes fun of itself from the beginning. The main character, Peter Quill (aka Star Lord), is a “normal” guy from Earth, that just happens to have been abducted by aliens as a kid, the evening his mother dies of cancer. For someone raised by intergalactic mercenaries, he turned out alright, if not only a little messed up in the head. We follow Star Lord as he gets himself in and out of trouble, meets his enemies, that turn into colleagues that turn into friends, and then saves the galaxy from the likes of the Kree Empire and Thanos, who wants to rule the galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy is two hours of pure fun. In my humble opinion, this is Marvel’s best film to date…which is saying something since they have been releasing pure gold lately with Avengers, Captain America, Thor and, of course, Iron Man. This film continues with the traits that are continuing to keep Marvel at the top of the comic (and possibly any genre) film makers, humor, great characters that interact well with each other, actors worthy of the huge rolls and terrific direction and supporting staff.
I am looking forward to Marvel’s next releases with much anticipation.