A rip-roating intergalactic adventure with a highly unique style that refuses to play by the rules !When a risk pays off you forget there ever was one to begin with.
Guardians of the Galaxy is testament to this. James Gunn has exquisitely taken one of the lesser known, more fantastical comics in Marvel’s vault and crafted it into a joyfully assured spectacle.
Following the titular motley crew consisting of Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) the self titled outlaw ‘Star Lord’, deadly assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana) bruising avenger Drax (Dave Bautista) Rocket (Bradley Cooper) a bounty hunter who just so happens to be a talking racoon and Groot (Vin Diesel) a tree-like humanoid…to reiterate – they’re a bit left field!
Chuck in some pantomime villains, a search for a mythic Maguffin and a battle to save the universe and it could well become the standard good vs. evil fare. But Gunn’s story (co-written with Nicole Perlman) and direction is far more concerned with having a good time, blowing up the manual and doing things his way. It’s clear that his solar system revolves around comedy with Red Dwarf, Hitchhikers guide and some Gilliam-esque flourishes much stronger touchstones than anything from that Galaxy far, far away.
Guardians is at its most enjoyable when things are off the cuff, cheeky and fearless. No matter how high the stakes of the plot rest assured, you’re never more than 5 minutes away from a sly quip or knowing wink akin to Indiana Jones or classic Bond. At times it seems to be poking fun at some of its more po-faced superhero mates, “HEY EVERYONE, LIGHTEN UP!” Could well be its catchphrase.
Leading man, Pratt looks at ease with his name above the title and delivers a perfect mix of goofish charm and rugged heroism – surely big things lie ahead.
The films jukebox soundtrack acts as a character in its own right with 60s and 70s earworms littering the cosmic chaos.
Zany, refreshing and so much fun! Guardians of the Galaxy is a triumph in having a go and having a laugh
By Tom Parry / @parry_tom