It Really Shouldn’t Work, But It does
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Zoe Zaldana, Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper and Dave Bautista
Running Time: 121 mins
Marvel’s latest instalment introduces us to some new superheroes and breaks a few superhero movie laws while they’re at it.
We’re used to being served our superheroes dark, serious, very skilled and quite frankly humourless, but the characters in Guardians of the Galaxy couldn’t more different from the above description if they tried.
The film is based on four totally different creatures who find themselves fighting together in order to escape a high security intergalactic prison only to discover that the survival of the universe was also in their hands.
What could possibly go wrong?
The film trails the four as they have to work together and fight each other to battle the evil Ronan (Lee Pace) to prevent him from getting his hands on the ‘orb’, an all important relic with powers to destroy the universe.
The main character and ‘saviour’ of the Universe is Peter Quill ‘Star Lord’ (or Star prince as his contenders contest) played exceptionally well by Chris Pratt. Quill is the only recognisable human in the movie and even he was kidnapped by an alien villain as his mum lay dying on her sick-bed. He would go on to be one of the best thieves in the Universe with a wicked sense of humour and a music selection(given to him by his mum) that would make even Mark Ronson green with envy.
Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is the green bodied warrior princess who of course is played as Quill’s love/hate interest in true Hollywood fashion. Her best line in the film comes when in an attempt to teach her how to dance to the musical ‘Footlose’, she accuses Quill of ‘Pelvic Sorcery,’… priceless.
It is lines such as these and the antics of ‘Rocket’- the talking Racoon (Bradley Cooper) as well as the humility of the one syllabled ‘Groot,’ (Vin Diesel) that makes the film so laugh out loud enjoyable.
There are times when it borders on cheesy, but the characters deliver so many punch lines, you’re more sure to end up laughing than exasperated.
As Marvel Superheroes go, these ones are most probably the least coordinated and skilled group, but even in all the CGI’s, cheesy lines and predictable plot, the film still manages to evoke a feeling of togetherness and self-sacrifice for the greater good that stays with you long after you’ve left the Cinema.
With some of the most amazing sound tracks you’ve ever heard in a film- Think ‘Aint no mountain high enough’, Blue Swede’s ‘Hooked On A Feeling’, Jackson Five ‘I Want You Back’, and ‘Escape- The Pinacolada Song’, all cleverly played in the most hilarious scenes, you’ve never loved the 70’s this much.
To put it into context, picture this scene: The Guardians are on the verge of losing the battle to the evil Ronan who has stubbornly refused to die even though his battle ship has just been blown to bits. The villain emerges from the ruins and flames of what used to be his ship to threaten to wipe out the entire planet if the inhabitants don’t surrender to him, to which Peter Quill breaks into song (Jackson Five) and does the most hilarious and ridiculous dance routine you’ve ever seen…..Ronan as you can imagine is just as perplexed as we all are.
‘What the hell do you think you’re doing he asks incredulously (after all he’s just made a speech so menacing, everyone was quacking in their pants), to which Quill replies….distracting you obviously!’
Go watch this movie, it’s arguably the funniest superhero film of all time.