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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Review by CJ

Guardians of the Galaxy

Director:
James Gunn

Starring:
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace

Other notable appearances:
Michael Rooker, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Alexis Denisof, Stan Lee

Running time:
121 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
The Avengers, Ant-Man, Deadpool

 

Peter “Star-Lord” Quill (Pratt), Gamora (Saldana), Drax (Bautista), Rocket (Cooper) and Groot (Diesel) are criminals of varying degrees who find themselves thrown together by fate to save the galaxy from destruction.

To start from the beginning, the dance sequence performed by Chris Pratt is one of the most entertaining dance numbers I have seen in a very long time. From gyrating hips to mammalian microphones the sequence, set to “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone, is hilarious.

The soundtrack “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” is truly awesome. With songs ranging from “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” and “Moonage Daydream” to “Cherry Bomb” and “I’m Not In Love”, the soundtrack is diverse yet maintains a positive vibe throughout.

Even knowing that Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voiced Rocket and Groot respectively, I had a lot of difficulty picking the voices as theirs. This is a credit to the work of both actors as chameleons in the craft.

Chris Pratt was perfect for the role of Star-Lord. He is funny throughout most of the film but nails the sincerity when necessary.

The cast as a whole have great chemistry and are a joy to watch through the sentimental moments, the fight scenes (against each other) and the constant bickering.

The end credits scene for Guardians of the Galaxy holds a special place in my heart as I love the film in which the character who appears features. Anyone who has seen the end credits sequence is judging me right now. I accept that.

Overall Guardians of the Galaxy is my favourite of the non-Avengers Marvel Cinematic Universe films and is in the top three of all Marvel Cinematic Universe films. If you enjoy the humour found in MCU films and want more then Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely something you need to see.

Rating: 5/5

“Well he don’t know talkin’ good like me and you, so his vocabulistics is limited to “I” and “am” and “Groot,” exclusively in that order.”

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