Movie Review: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Is ‘Star Wars’ On Marvel Steroids


I watch hundreds of movies every year and I absolutely love a fair amount of them. I mean, there are certainly more than half of them that I could care less about, but about 50 movies a year are really good. Still, 99 out of 100 times that I see a really good movie I will keep it to myself until I have to write a review. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is not one of those movies. It is that rare movie that I couldn’t even wait until the credits were done before I messaged everyone I know.

I probably should have been a bit more tactful in my messages to my parents, but I was just so damn excited that I couldn’t contain myself. The message I sent to my mom went a little something like “OMG! Guardians of the Galaxy is the most f***ing fun Marvel movie outside of The Avengers. It’s like Star Wars on steroids! So much action! So hilarious! F***ing awesome!” My mom doesn’t appreciate it when I curse and I make it a point not to, but after watching this movie I couldn’t contain myself. I wasn’t thinking about her. I was just thinking about how much fun I had just experienced.

So, does the movie have the greatest story in the world? Greatest villain? Greatest superheroes? No, it doesn’t. Those thing still belong to ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy’ and ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’. Yet, I think I would place it right up there with the best ‘X-Men’, ‘Iron Man’, or ‘Captain America’ movies. As a matter of fact, I genuinely enjoyed it more than I enjoyed any of the other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, The Avengers basically) and most of the ones in the ‘X-Men’ universe (except for ‘Days of Future Past’, so good).

The reasons for this are delightfully plentiful and can be summed up pretty well in the first 10 minutes of the film. Before the opening  credits even roll in this movie I was already misty eyed from the opening. Hell, that was before even the Marvel sign came on. Then the next sequence is a hilariously fun scene involving dancing, action, 80’s music, and a bit of a ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ vibe. Then the movie turns all ‘Star Wars’ on us. Except, this time Han Solo is our head hero.

Well, actually his name is Peter Quill and he is played by the fantastically funny Chris Pratt. If you don’t know his name now then you will after this movie. He is so good that franchise leads better start watching their back. He could be the successor to Indiana Jones or John McClane if he wanted to be. He’s just got that kind of charisma.

The other Guardians are also very well cast. Zoe Saldana does a wonderful job of kicking ass as Gamora. Dave Bautista gets tons of clever one liners as Drax. Rocket is cleverly voiced by Bradley Cooper and brilliantly animated by the visual effects team. Then there is Vin Diesel as Groot. I don’t know how much credit Vin deserves, but the visual team that put is character together has created one of my favorite characters in recent memory. Also, my son thinks Groot is the coolest.

Most importantly though, is the relationship these characters have towards each other. If they did not interact as well as they do then this movie would not be half of what it is. Luckily, the chemistry between all these characters (digital or human) is electric and by the end of the film you will be cheering in your seat. So, strap into your seats my friends because you are in for the ride of the summer.

Nathan Ligon

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