As of late, the Marvel movie franchise has churned out one superhero film after another. While varying in their level of quality entertainment, we typically expect to see a feel-good hero film with the occasional bits of comic relief. However, in Marvel’s latest film, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” we are presented with heroes that are vastly different than staples like Spiderman or Ironman. Our heroes are actually not presented as heroes, but rather as criminals whose only interests are self-preservation and wealth. The so-called guardians of the galaxy are in actuality a band of misfits thrown together in an impossible situation in an attempt to save the universe.
As with most Marvel films, moviegoers are immediately greeted with a fantastic array of CGI and cinematography when the picture begins. Like many films of our age, “Guardians” relies heavily on special effects to convince the audience that what they are seeing is real.
Perhaps the most spectacular feature in this film is the music. Unlike any Marvel film before it, “Guardians” uses contemporary music as a key element in the identity of the main character, Peter Quill. Music such as Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” and Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love” are interjected into the film with precision for comic relief, being played during some of the movie’s more serious situations. The music itself is so familiar and lively that it alone is entertaining.
Another unique factor in this film is how comedy is used. “Guardians” is no doubt one of the funniest Marvel films. This is largely because this film takes many more liberties with language than its franchise counterparts. The jokes are often crude or provocative, making it more pleasing to an older audience. Most of the film’s defining comedic moments happen during the most serious moments. Nothing makes an audience laugh more than to be completely surprised by a crack-shot one-liner or an impromptu dance solo during an epic battle. This film is equal parts serious and hilarious.
Most importantly this film has an absolutely phenomenal cast and a wonderful script to complement their talents. Notably, up and coming star Lee Pace makes an exceptional, and very believable, Ronan the Accuser. His towering height and deep voice make him a very frightening villain. Chris Pratt, who plays Peter Quill, or Starlord, displays a wonderful array of emotions and an exceptional amount of talent. Bradley Cooper is also to be commended for his tremendous voice acting as the character Rocket.
Overall, I give this film four out of five stars. I highly recommend that people go and see it while it is still in theaters across the country.