Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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I’m not going to say a whole lot about this film — either you’ve seen it by this point or you will in the near future.  When it comes to super-hero movies or big budget films, other than X2, I’ve been of the persuasion that once is enough.  I see them in the theaters and maybe catch a bit of them on FX a few years down the road, but I don’t make an attempt to rewatch them.  However, Marvel has really outdone themselves this year, with the excellent Captain America:  The Winter Soldier, and now with James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

This is an insanely fun movie about a disparaging group of inter-galactic mercenaries who find themselves becoming a quasi-family and saving the known universe.  We have a talking  raccoon, Rocket (Bradly Cooper).  The Kree chick and daughter of Thanos, Gomora (Zoe Saldana) .  The self-styled outlaw, Star Lord (Chris Pratt).   The fearsome and literal, killer Drax (Dave Bluetista).  And most importantly the living tree, Groot (Vin Diesel).   The fun of this film is watching these contrasting personalities come to a sort of alliance with each other.  If it reminds you a bit of Firefly, you’re pretty much on the right track.   The fun of the film is watching the motley crew butt heads and unleash hell on themselves, and the universe.

The film introduces the Infinity Stones into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and an evil Kree extremist is planning to harness one of them to destroy the universe.   It’s up to Star Lord and his crew (who are trying desperately to sell the damned thing to make a boat load of cash) to take it back from him and become the big damn heroes they were destined to be.   As seen at the end of The Avengers, Thanos is eventually going to be introduced and we will have a cross over film with the Avengers and the Guardians, which also leads to the assumption we’ll see James Gunn and Joss Whedon teaming up on said cross-over film:  the cinematic equivalent of Ghostbusters crossing streams, and it could mean the end of the world as we know it.

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But back on track:  Guardians of the Galaxy is probably the best of the MCU films thus far.  Insanely funny and much better than it has any right to be, its a great time at the movies.  Try to see it in IMAX if you can, some of the 3-D effects are truly amazing.   And if you aren’t wanting a Groot in a flower pot at the end of the film, you simply have no heart.   Also, since this blog is mainly horror themed,  I feel I should mention there is a blink and you’ll miss it cameo from Lloyd Kaufman, who helped Gunn get his start in film by making a film of Gunn’s script for Tromeo and Juliet.  It is very much 80’s inspired, from it’s inclusion of mix-tapes to its Star Wars-esque set design.  It’s post credits scenes is pretty much James Gunn trolling us by including a Marvel comics character that had a film in that era that is probably best left forgotten.

The only modern super hero films I own are The Dark Knight Trilogy, but I see that changing when this and Capt. America: The Winter Soldier both drop on Blu-Ray.  If I say it’s worth buying, then it’s worth you seeing, so stop reading this and go see the damn movie.  Stop playing now!

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