Directed By: James Gunn
Written By: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman
Release Date: August 1st, 2014
Run Time: 2h 1m
Link to IMDb
It’s good. You already know it’s good. Do I really need to reiterate why?
No. But I’m going to anyways. Because I want to.
Up to this point in the MCU, we’ve gotten some really good and fun movies. Iron Man 1 and 3, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier were all well made and fun movies. But it wasn’t until Guardians of the Galaxy that people realized that these movies weren’t just going to be around forever. They were only going to get better, as well as more bizarre.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the most fun movie in the series up to this point. It has the best script, the best direction, the most fun use of music, and it’s the first movie in the series with some truly creative and interesting visuals. It does have it’s issues, but they’re so minute that they don’t reduce from the experience. In an odd way, it makes the movie better.
Let’s start with the best thing about this movie: the music. While it does have a nice original score, it takes a backseat behind the real soundtrack: the insert songs. These real life classic tunes are used to fantastic effects. They’re presence alone helps flesh out our main character, Peter Quill AKA Star Lord (played by the magnificent Chris Pratt) and plays an integral role in his story.
Plus, the picks are fantastic. ‘Hooked on a Feeling‘ by Blue Swede, ‘Moonage Daydream‘ by David Bowie, and ‘O-O-H Child‘ by The Five Stairsteps are just a few of the songs used, and they are some of my favorite songs to listen to. Whoever put the Awesome Mix together did an absolutely fantastic job!
The visuals are also a major stand out when compared to it’s peers. There are some truly creative and interesting shots. While I do feel that there are more of them in Volume 2, this one certainly has some good ones. Visually speaking, this is easily the strongest film thus far.
And then there’s the story itself. Good god, it’s so fucking good! Each character is interesting, well defined and hilarious! They’re group dynamic is wonderful, and watching everyone slowly warm up to each other is natural and super well written! Watching Quill and Gamora’s relationship begin to develop is sweet and adorable, watching Rocket and Groot open up and learn to trust their new friends is great, and watching Drax put his hatred aside and learn to love others again is heartwarming! All five of these characters are great, they work well together, and I love them all!
Now, we do need to address the only real problem with the movie: the villain. Ronan is just another generic evil machine that wants to slaughter innocent people. Sure, he has some motivations behind his actions, but he has practically no personality whatsoever.
Oddly enough, this is actually more of a benefit than a flaw to the movie. His straight laced attitude clashes really well with Quill’s eccentric personality, which is an excellent source of comedy. We all remember the dance off to save the universe, right? Yeah, that’s for a good reason. Still, comedic or not, his lack of personality does make him really boring.
This film is so damn good. It’s amazing in almost every way. And more impressive yet: it made Guardians of the Galaxy a household name! Remember: before this movie, The Guardians were one of the least known comic book series in Marvel’s repertoire! Now, you can’t talk to a single Marvel fan without them bringing them up!
TLDR: this movie is damn good, and we all know it already. If you still haven’t seen it somehow, go watch it. If you’ve seen it before, go watch it again. It’s a grand time, and it’s easily one of the best Marvel movies.
And we’re still only going up from-
Oh. Age of Ultron is next. Never mind.