Guardians are an ab­so­lute mar­vel

As su­per­heroes go, CHAR­LOTTE TO­BITT de­cides th­ese galac­tic in­car­na­tions will take a lot of beat­ing

Harefield Gazette - - LEISURE -

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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.

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n WELL-GUARDED: Bradley Cooper voices Rocket Rac­coon in Guardians of the Galaxy

PA Pho­tos/Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios Mo­tion Pic­tures UK

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)

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