Guardians are an absolute marvel
As superheroes go, CHARLOTTE TOBITT decides these galactic incarnations will take a lot of beating
Shave come under a lot of fire in the past year or two from critics and film buffs who think the genre has gone too far. With Marvel and DC competing every summer, and underdogs constantly throwing in their lot too with costumed crusaders of all types of ability, it is true that the market is saturated but when the quality is as high as in Guardians of the Galaxy, this is a pleasure.
The least well-known screen superheroes before this film’s release, it feels fresh and self-contained despite the fact it slots efficiently into the carefully constructed Marvel universe which is now in phase two.
Quill – also known as Star Lord, at least in his own head – steals an orb which happens to contain a ridiculously powerful infinity gem, which explains why several other people are after it.
They all get together for the greater good after a highly amusing tussle in which Gamora (Zoe Saldana) tries to get the orb from Quill (Chris and a talking raccoon, (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel), a tree that can only say ‘I am Groot’, try to capture him for the bounty on his head.
Although the story and space setting alone are strong, the casting of the ‘Guardians’ elevates the film to a higher level. creates the ultimate unconventional but charming hero in the vein of Solo, Saldana proves that women can triumph alongside the men and Dave Bautisa as Drax, who joins them to get revenge on slightly generic villain (Lee for killing his wife and daughter, is hilarious with his literal take on things and Shakespearean manner.
But it is and Groot who steal the show, as Cooper’s portrayal of this reckless and indignant animal proves he is not just a handsome face and Groot’s facial expressions, different intonations of his catchphrase and ‘interactions’ with quickly made him a fan favourite for good reason.
The music also takes the film a step higher than a normal blockbuster affair as the 80s cassette carried around by Quill becomes part of the story in itself and represents him in a way nothing else could, while cleverly starting and stopping often iconic songs with the action. It leads to moments of conflict, romance, light relief, and a face off like no other in the final battle.
Guardians of the Galaxy revitalised the genre this year and cinema as a whole.
choice made by director James Gunn and his perfectly chosen cast was a success and it’s no wonder that Marvel quickly announced a sequel after seeing box office takings.
This will be one to watch again, while the studio’s other superheroes try to live up to Guardians’ new reputation. Extras
Several featurettes offer an exciting look behind the scenes, including the making of and Groot, but it’s the gag reel and deleted scenes that are really exciting. Seeing Chris get Lee Zoe Saldana and a whole host of extras involved in a dance off is quite something and the deleted scenes actually offer some enjoyable extra insight.
n WELL-GUARDED: Bradley Cooper voices Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy
n MARVEL-OUS LINE-UP: Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel)