Guardians of the Galaxy

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Guardians of the Galaxy

To misquote Forrest Gump’s mother, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is like a box of chocolates. Or rather, it’s like a vast, family-sized festive crate of chocolates, all wrapped in the shiniest packaging, all exploding with sweetness and surprises. Maybe there are a couple of flavours you don’t much care for, and after a while it all starts to get a bit dizzying, but you stuff yourself anyway, coming up bloated and satisfied on the other side.

Based on one of Marvel Comics’ lesser known franchises, this is the tale of Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), an earthling abducted as a boy who, a quarter of a century later, is working as a Han Solo-style outlaw-for-hire under the self-ordained nickname Star-Lord. When his quest for a mysterious orb attracts the attention of some blue-skinned intergalactic troublemakers, Quill throws in with a team of fellow outsiders including green-skinned warrior princess Gamora (Zoe Saldana), genetically enhanced raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), comically literal man-mountain Drax (Dave Bautista) and a self-regenerating, semi-sentient walking tree named Groot (Vin Diesel, typecast again). 

There’s a basic good-v-evil plot in here somewhere, but it’s rendered largely impenetrable by a profusion of Marvel-verse asides which will only make sense to those who have followed the mythology across the entire comic and film franchise (some conversations seem to consist entirely of silly names jumbled up at random). No matter – the rest of us can just sit back and enjoy the ride, as the film ricochets from one dazzling, frazzling action set-piece to the next, pausing only to charm our socks off with another pithy retort, classic bubblegum-pop hit or cutely random alien character.

Some may find the film’s self-satisfaction a mite grating – Pratt is likeable but he’s no Harrison Ford, however hard he tries – and there are moments where the sheer brain-melting relentlessness becomes wearying. But overall this is giddy, ridiculous fun, a witty, wacky and wonderfully generous sugary gift of a film. Marvel, you shouldn’t have!

By: Tom Huddleston

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Release details

Release date: Thursday July 31 2014
Duration: 122 mins

Cast and crew

Director: James Gunn
Screenwriter: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt
Zoë Saldana
Dave Bautista

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Anaelle
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In the midst of all the super-hero hype, it is refreshing to see one franchise that doesn’t take itself too seriously.


Still following the ‘Marvel formula’, the story and action-filled scenes will delight any fans. But it’s the tongue-in-cheek fun that will enchant any audience. With a duper kitsch 80’s soundtrack and extremely funny bits, it gives a more light-hearted feel to the whole plot. And boy, does it work!


All we needed was a dirtier, funnier, more dismissive version of the oh too serious Avengers films…

Seanasteve
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This is a fun  - if slightly long - film with a great soundtrack. I didn't enjoy as much as the first but loved the sister plot line. 

Tara P
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Guardians of the Galaxy, why did I resist your charms for so long? I expected a dull, unoriginal, cartoonish superhero movie - and I couldn't have been more wrong. With an incredibly witty script, funky 70s soundtrack and Vin Diesel as a tree, it is a rip-roaring two hours of fun, even if it is a tad confusing at times - in the manner of all space-themed films. Zoe Saldana is her usual bad-ass self, Chris Pratt is a likeable lead, Bradley Cooper is a raccoon, and best of all: Kirk from Gilmore Girls is... in it. What more could you want?

Chesca R
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I'm no comic to action movie expert but on the surface of it this movie is action packed, funny and has a killer soundtrack. There is no denying that Chris Pratt has risen quickly through the hunky lead actor ranks, and fans of his will not be disappointed by his efforts in this movie. I can't tell you if the characters are portrayed quickly nor could I explain what happens in detail or why but this is a fun movie and well worth watching.