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Monday, 4 August 2014

At The Fleapit: Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)


I shall try and make this brief as I'm sure there are already plenty of reviews of Guardians Of The Galaxy out there: Believe the hype!

If you read HeroPress (and are not my wife) you will enjoy (nay, love) Guardians Of The Galaxy.

It's loud and proud, but with plenty of heart. You will be thrilled, you will laugh (a lot) and you will cry.

Without a shadow of a doubt the best summer blockbuster and, for me, the film of the year. The moment I walked out of the cinema I just wanted to turn round, go back in and see it again.

In case anyone isn't up to speed on the general plot, it's about young alien abductee Peter Quill who grows up on the cosmic side of Marvel Cinematic Universe to become "legendary outlaw" Star-Lord (Chris Pratt).

Having made off with a highly sought-after orb - of undisclosed power - he ends up in prison, where he falls in with green-skinned Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the adopted daughter of Marvel Universe baddie Thanos (Josh Brolin); tattooed maniac Drax (Dave Bautista); the infamous Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper); and walking tree Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel).

Together they break out of prison and embark on a galaxy-spanning quest to find out why the orb is so valuable and who they can sell it to.

As well as introducing many wild and wonderful new characters and planets to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians Of The Galaxy is the first to really deal head-on with the whole Infinity Stones through-plot that links all the Marvel Studios movies.

Outside of that though, it is probably the most unique of the Marvel movies and the least like its siblings because of the different canvas it plays out on and the less obviously "superheroic" its protagonists are.

To some degree or another all the characters - and places - have been tweaked from their comic book origins, but then again the movies only seek to emulate the comics not slavishly reproduce them (which would probably render them nigh on incomprehensible to 99 per cent of the cinema-going audience).

The film does a great job of reminding us of the never-equalled Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning era of The Guardians Of The Galaxy comic (which makes the current run look like the watered-down, pale, and slightly pointless, Avengers clone it is written as). Hopefully the boffo box office the film garnered on its opening weekend will make Marvel realise that it's this version of their cosmic comics that people want to see.

It also
probably features more Easter Eggs than any Marvel movie to date - including the welcome appearance of Cosmo, the telepathic dog from the Abnett & Lanning comics (I wish he'd spoken though, but you can't have everything).

The film was always in safe hands with James Gunn at the helm (I have yet to find a project he was involved in that I didn't enjoy e.g. The Specials, Super,
Slither) and he clearly demonstrates his love for the characters in Guardians and the whole cosmic side of the Marvel Universe.

Therefore I was ecstatic to learn that even before the film opened, Marvel had already commissioned a sequel that Gunn is now hard at work on and is due out on July 28, 2017.

I also have to wonder if, before that, there's a "director's cut" looming for the Blu-Ray release of Guardians as there were plenty of memorable lines from the many, many trailers for the film that didn't make it into the final cut. So, what else didn't make it?

There is so much that could be said about Guardians Of The Galaxy - from how sexy, even bald and blue, Karen Gillan is as the villainess Nebula; through the film's incredible tunes (see Awesome Mix Vol 1); and the pathos of the non-human characters, Rocket and Groot, who are the breakout stars of the piece; to how it evokes the innocent wonder of unselfconscious sci-fi epics like the original Star Wars trilogy - but really you just need to go and see it for yourself.

However, before I waffle on for too long, we have to address the elephant in the room: the post-credit stinger (after all these years of marvellous Marvel movies people are still getting up and walking out in droves once the credits roll; did they not get the memo?)

Was this final scene in Guardians Of The Galaxy simply an Easter Egg, an in-joke for Marvel fans, or does it herald the arrival (return?) to the Marvel Cinematic Universe of yet another of my favourite childhood characters? I'm hoping for the latter.

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