DVD Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Director: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper (voice), Vin Diesel (voice)

I make no excuses; I am a little “geeky” when it comes to anything Marvel. I grew up with the characters, my kids grew up with the characters… it has been a shared “geek fest”.

Over the last ten years or so I have thoroughly enjoyed the rebirth of Spiderman, Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Man et al on the big screen and if that makes me a “big kid” – yah boo sucks to you!

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However, even with my adoration of all things Marvel, I was a little surprised when they announced that they were making a movie called Guardians of the Galaxy. For a start I had never seen the comic book and then when I read that the main characters were a slacker space criminal, a green female alien, a talking racoon, an animated tree and a man giant I thought “Marvel, you’re havin’ a larf!”

Oh me of little faith.

GOTG is an absolute hoot. It has everything going for it. Chris Pratt who, previously had been a portly supporting actor on the TV show “Parks & Recreation”, has shaped up to hunk status. He takes the lead as Peter Quill or “Star Lord” (as he prefers to be called). After stealing a mysterious orb he is pursued across the Galaxy by the evil Ronan (Lee Pace) and his band of villains who want it.

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For all sorts of reasons, that are far too convoluted and would spoil the fun anyway, Quill teams up with female assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana this time green as opposed to Avatar blue); Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) a humanoid tree!!!- Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). Together they become the eponymous Guardians who go all out to defeat Ronan.

The cinematography and effects are stunning, the cast are brilliant, the direction is pacy and the soundtrack , which consists almost entirely of 70s pop songs, is incongruously spot on.

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For two hours you are taken on a wild ride of superb action, great humour and eye-popping visuals. To say I loved it would be an understatement. Mind you I’m not alone in my admiration as GOTG has become the third most successful Marvel movie ever and on theatrical release it made over $800,000,000.

By the way if you think this is one for the boys every woman I have spoken to who has seen it absolutely adored it.

The epitome of a family film.

Rating 5 out of 5 stars

Snooze Rating…not a chance!

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If you liked this you will also like: Iron Man 1,2 and 3, Thor 1 and 2, Captain America 1 and 2, The Avengers and all the Spiderman movies.