Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
I loved this, as you can probably tell, but what made it so special is that it's still very much a James Gunn movie. His strange sense of humor hasn't been compromised at all. It might not be dark and twisted like Super or a disgusting body horror like Slither, but his stamp is visible in every scene. There's cameos by Greg Henry, Nathan Fillion, Rob Zombie and Lloyd Kauffman once again and there's a substantial supporting role for the great Michael Rooker. It should give my fellow geeks a huge thrill to see these actors strut their stuff in the biggest movie of the year. Personally I loved seeing Gunn's band of misfits light up the blockbuster of the summer. Other than Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, the cast doesn't have big box office names at all, and Vin Diesel's character Groot repeats the same 3 words the entire movie. Chris Pratt, mostly known for his work on the excellent Parks & Recreation, did not go into this as a star name, but he's came out of it primed for the big time. Benecio Del Toro has a small role as The Collector which made me happy as I feel he's one of the best actors on the planet who is criminally forgotten by the mainstream. Gunn has embraced his roots as a B movie genre film maker by casting his type of actors, and the results have been incredible, especially the hilarious star making performance of Dave Batista. As a wrestling fan I can assure you he wasn't that good at anything in WWE, but James Gunn has managed to bring out one of the funniest performances in recent memory from the big brute.
As entertaining as huge blockbusters can be, most of them lack heart. Guardians of the Galaxy has heart in abundance. The band of misfits we follow throughout their journey are characters we fall in love with and care about greatly. It's a team of heroes with their own unique identities, untraditional and a little odd. The Avengers they are not, and that's what makes them so endearing. Throughout the movie we witness these petty criminal outsiders come together to form a heart warming friendship as they save the universe from the evil Ronan The Accusor, played by the amazing Lee Pace, whose facial expressions alone are worth the price of the DVD, or effort to illegally stream. There's a lot of humor in this movie and it wears it on its sleeve, but there's also a few emotional moments that bring on the weepies. The opening scene is actually quite heartbreaking. It's nice to see an action packed sci-fi adventure in 2014 with well established characters, laughs aplenty humor and emotional depth. I can't recommend this enough. Pick it up now and share it with your current or future children. This is one for the ages.