This will be the second Marvel review done by Horror, Sci-fi & More. The last one we saw was done by me and that was Thor: The Dark World. But this one has been a long time coming as we have been waiting a few years now since it was announced back in 2012. I for one was truly excited cause the Guardians of the Galaxy is a favorite comic of mine and the announcement meant that Marvel was taking a huge chance breaking away from the norm they have already cemented for themselves with Iron Man, Captain American and Thor. The fact that this movie was gonna take us to outer space and show us the various races of aliens out there in the Marvel U was a huge step for them and well I have to admit they didn't displease here.
Marvel started the filming process by using the 2008 version of the team that would consist of Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Now there were other characters (Adam Warlock, Captain Marvel, Phyla-Vell, Angela and Nova) that were on this team but didn't show up in the film. The only one that came close was the same easter egg that appeared in Thor: The Dark World and that was Adam Warlock's cocoon. Casting was started in November of 2012 and by June 2013 they had the cast. Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saladana, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan and Djimon Hounsou. Lee Pace, Sean Gunn, Bradley Cooper, Vin Disiel and Benicio Del Toro would join the cast later during the summer.
So where do we begin?
That's right the beginning.
A young Peter Quill is abducted by a group of alien space pirates known as the Ravagers after he suffers a tragic loss in his life at a young age. The alien leader of this group is Yondu (Michael Rooker). This abduction takes place with no one ever noticing or watching Quill running away and the fact is never explained in the movie but than again why would I want to see them explain his disappearance and waste time on something like that this isn't a JJ film. So the film jumps 26 years into the future.
The fact they had the movie during present time was a cool concept so it would fit in the Marvel Film Universe going on right now incase they will do a crossover between the Guardians and the Avengers. We see a grown up Quill on the planet Morag as he is looking to steal a sphere-like artifact only to stopped Korath (Djimon Hounsou), whose a subordinate of the radical Kree, Ronan the Accuser. After a brief discussion of who Quill is and who he is known as Star-Lord and some confusion to prevent from being taken prisoner he escapes using magnetic weapons and gets away with the sphere. It is after this is learned that we are shown Ronan (Lee Pace) and he sends his assassin Gamora (Zoe Saladana) after Quill to retrieve the sphere after Yondu learns of Quills betrayal of going after this artifact and he places a bounty on Quill's head.
Now when Quill tries to sell the orb on the Nova Corps homeworld Xandar, Gamora attacks him and tries to take the sphere from him. This is where we meet Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) who are there collecting bounties for money. They stumble upon Quill whose bounty is too big for them to not pass up on and they also go after him. The ensuing fight between Quill and Gamora is only pumped up by the comedy relief from these two characters as they all stumble to get what they want. It all ends with them all being arrested by the Nova Corps.
After their process procedures they are all transferred to the Kyln, a outer space prison that the Nova Corps use. This is where we find Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) as well as a cameo from none other than Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman. This cameo is a thanks for Lloyd giving director James Gunn his first chance to work on a film as he helped write and was a associate director on the 1996 Troma film Tromeo & Juliet as well The Toxic Avenger 4. Now after a huge escape plan that was hatched thanks to Rocket and through some humorous things the group now with Drax in tow flee to go to the buyer Gamora has set up for the sphere. Now all this happened here during the course of getting to the buyer. So this here is a SPOILERS alert if you haven't seen the film then you need to stop reading here and go see the film but if you continue to read than its your fault and not mine cause I did warn you when I typed
We meet the buyer, a collector of things that are odd from all over the galaxy, he opens the sphere and reveals an infinity stone. One of the buyers cleaning ladies gets intranced by the stone and has to touch it causing a huge explosion. But while all of this was going on what does Drax do? He calls for Ronan to come after him. Giving away their position and allowing his anger to get the better of him cause Ronan and Nebula (Karen Gillan) come after them and Ronan easily defeats Drax in one on one combat and later Ronan takes the stone and leaves. Gamora is floated into space and Quill goes after her to prevent her death, he contacts Yondu to give himself up to save her. But Rocket, Drax and Groot on the Milano threaten Yondu's ship with death and destruction if he didn't hand over Quill and Gamora but it is Quill who quickly negotiates a truce between both parties. Ronan goes after Xandar after taking the stone and placing it in his hammer and this is where I leave it. That's right you will have to go see the movie I am not gonna give it you for free.
Now this film in my honest opinion comes third in my top three behind Iron Man 3 and The Avengers. I know this will probably cause a shit storm but everyone is entitled to whatever film or films they feel are their top whatever. I am a huge Captain America fan but both films fall behind one another to finish out my top 5. But that's another story for another time this is about the Guardians.
I was pleased with it in its entirety but felt the ending was a little rushed like they had to end the film by a certain time. The films music is actually great a blend of Tyler Bates score added with a blend of various songs from the 70's-80's thanks to Quill's mom who taught him what good music was.
Now the film is kid friendly there are adult jokes that will more likely go right over their heads so you don't have to worry about Doctor Manhattan's dick flapping in the wind if your looking to take your kids to see this film. Both credit scenes are comedic relief as one introduces a cult classic character back into the mainstream after his cryogenic sleep for nearly 20 some years. Also the film is filled with various references from the time and era which Quill grew up as well as what certain scenes of the film mimicked. I also would like to thank Marvel for making 9 year old daughter whose so much like me cry when a character she grew attached to dies but is resurrected in one of the credit scenes that is a great laugh. So if you haven't seen this movie yet then get your ass out of the chair and go see this thing. Hell if your the only friend who hasn't seen it and you feel left out GO NOW!!!!! Don't be that guy who sits there and takes the 20 minute ass pounding cause you have no clue what everyone is talking about. So go see why Rocket is awesome!!!!!!!
by Bucky S.