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Guardians of the Galaxy

Hollywood is never really known for taking risks, and that's relatively understandable because they peddle in money, not in art.  One thing that nobody saw coming was for Marvel and Disney to take a massive risk on a film franchise that spanned nine movies and grossed billions of dollars.  As of now, the Avengers universe has performed extremely well in both critical reviews and box office gold.  So why would they want to roll the dice on five characters that no one had ever heard of in a wacky, silly space adventure with zero name recognition from even the most passionate comic book fans?  That's a good question, but whatever the reason was, I'm thrilled that they did.

I've gotten into arguments with comic nerds who say things like, "I've been reading the Guardians of the Galaxy series since I was a little kid" because no they haven't!  No one has heard of these characters, and the few that have were never into them because there was almost nothing to get into.  Lots of randoms have been members of the Guardians, but the five awesome characters we see in this movie--played by Chris Pratt (NBC's Parks and Rec, Zero Dark Thirty), Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Crash), professional wrestler Dave Bautista (Riddick) and the voices of Bradly Cooper and Vin Diesel--were created all the way back in 2008.  Ironically (or not so ironically), this was the year that the Marvel master plan started with The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man.

Another risky choice that Marvel/Disney made was casting A-list actors in bit parts and voices for CGI characters, and the live actors you see are unfamiliar and unconventional choices.  It's even more impressive when you realize they also chose James Gunn as the director whose prior films, Slither and Super, have been dark comedies that have amassed a cult fan base at best.  The fact that Gunn has never commanded a film with a budget of more than a few million and that he has never really used massive computer FX is never obvious for a single second in Guardians of the Galaxy.  Gunn has created a fun, colorful, exciting space adventure that is so masterful it makes you feel like you did when you saw Star Wars and Indiana Jones for the first time.  Yes, I know that's a bold statement, but if you put yourself in a 10-year-old's brain while watching it, you can't help but have your mind blown with witty dialogue, big explosions, and interesting characters.

Pulling off a movie this impressive would've been amazing enough, but for anyone educated in the vast Marvel movie world, it's kind of jaw-dropping.  Anyone with enough curiousity to read up and learn comic lore can see how the puzzle of (what is now) six different film franchises are fitting together in one massive story--the scope of which has never been seen in film before and probably won't again (good luck with what you're trying, DC).  Characters that used to be reserved for random teases at the end of the credits are now getting more screen time, such as Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men, True Grit) as super villain Thanos.  This is the first time we see Brolin as the purple-faced tyrant, and it makes you salivate for him to be the main baddie in The Avengers 3.

Everyone in Guardians of the Galaxy pulls their weight:  from a screenplay with hilarious dialogue, to Gunn's inspired vision, and to an amazing cast that makes it all come to life.  One of the most shocking things was Bastista's performance.  I don't ever expect much from professional wrestlers who try acting, but he's hilarious!  I would say that he's the breakout performence, but there's no such thing in this film.  Everyone shares the same amount of screen time, and everyone takes turn stealing the movie.  Guardians of the Galaxy may have landed on Earth as mysterious and unfamiliar, but it's gonna make its mark, and we'll never forget it now.

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People : Bradly CooperChris PrattDave Bautista (Riddick)James GunnJosh BrolinVin DieselZoe Saldana


08/01/2014 1:32PM
Guardians of the Galaxy
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08/04/2014 9:35AM
Gardians Of The Galaxy
Loved This Movie. Took 3 kids with Us. Great Bits Of Humor, Charactes Were Fun. Reminded Me Of The First Time I Saw Stars Wars Too.
08/05/2014 9:34PM
Guardians of the Galaxy
Took my kids to see this over the weekend, not knowing what I was even seeing, but when your sons are 23 & 20, you'll do anything to spend time with them. SO happy I went! Movie was fabulous!! Would recommend to all!!
08/16/2014 5:28PM
08/22/2014 3:46PM
thank God for marvel
I had no idea what this was about but everybody kept saying it was amazing so I went after work one day and I was blown away. I have no idea how they pulled this off but I'm glad they did. Chris Pratt is officially on his way. Dude is a rock star
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