MARVEL STUDIOS' GAMBLE PAYS OFF
There is no doubt Guardians of the
Galaxy was a gamble. The decision by Marvel Studios to pump a reported $US170 million ($A183.93 million) into a space action/comedy about a bunch of ragtag guys from a comic basically no one had ever heard of, was risky.
But with writer and director James Gunn, Marvel has created one of the funniest comic book movies to date. Packed with cheeky pop culture wit and self-aware humour, it is infused with bizarre but lovable characters and nostalgia-inducing 1970s tunes.
One of the strangest characters, a CGI humanoid tree (voiced by Vin Diesel) that can only say three words – “I am Groot” – is actually the movie’s MVP.
Close behind is the guntoting Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper).
But each of the five lawbreaking heroes are entertaining in their own way, from Chris Pratt’s charming outlaw Peter Quill, to Zoe Saldana’s green-skinned warrior Gamora and former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista as the surprisingly hilarious Drax the Destroyer.
But as funny as it is, the thing that ties this group together, is more heartfelt.
Well, not at first – it is greed and money initially, but it becomes something more.
Rounding out the excellent key players is a wonderfully terrifying genocidal baddie Ronan (played by an unrecognisable Lee Pace).
Fans will be pleased with glimpses of the ultra-villain Thanos, who was in the postcredits of The Avengers. Guardians of the Galaxy might not have any familiar superhero faces, but it is a must-see. Even more clever is that they don’t give everything away, leaving you wanting more.
Guardians of the Galaxy opens
The Guardians of the Galaxy are (from left) Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Peter Quill, Groot and Drax the Destroyer.