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Guardians of the Galaxy, Revitalizing the Marvel Lineup

Updated on August 27, 2014

The Plot

Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), AKA Starlord, is a scavenger seeking out an item he was commissioned to acquire. This item turns out to be of great importance to Ronan the Accuser, a murderous Kree zealot bent on the destruction of the planet Xandar. Through misfortune and plot twists, Quill is united with the unlikely partners Drax, Gamora, Rocket, and Groot while in a Nova prison. They hatch an escape plan to recover the artifact and stop Ronan before he can destroy Xandar.

What We Got

We got something that the Marvel universe hasn't seen since the first Iron Man film first debuted. This film is full of witty banter, comedic dialogue, and plenty of the desired cosmic action fans have been needing. The cosmic portion of the Marvel universe has been drastically neglected, as the Thor franchise has made fairly ineffective attempts to explore that realm. Where Thor has failed, Guardians succeeds ten fold. Put simply. Guardians came out of left field and dominated (and will continue to) at the box office, and rightfully so. Marvel put their faith and their money behind a series that was not exactly mainstream, and were wildly successful. Without being too wordy, this is definitely a film worth seeing. The wit makes for several good laughs, while the misfit nature of the group breaks the mold of the usual "superhero" movie. These antiheroes are gold, and Marvel is going to keep on mining.

Fresh Air

As I mentioned, it was nice to see the cosmic realm explored a bit more, especially following the space filler that was Thor 2. Not only was this a great first true look, they accomplished something that nobody thought they could: bring a talking raccoon and walking, talking tree to life, and nobody question it. The animation on both rocket and groot were amazing. If you lose yourself in the movie like I did, you will even forget that these characters are animated. Rocket is so realistic, half the time he could be a real raccoon in a costume and we as viewers would never know the difference. It was nice to see the lines between right and wrong be blurred with this assembly of characters. Most are murderers, but their character and rough-around-the-edges charm makes them the perfect antiheroes to add to the Marvel lineup. The sequel, set to premier in 2017, will likely be just as good, if not better, as it will more than likely lead into the Avengers 3 conflict with Thanos.

Guardians was a nice breath of fresh air in the lineups that have been incredibly predictable. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Avengers, and repeat. Not only was this franchise new, but it is going to have an immensely bright future if the path James Gunn has lead them on is where they stay. The Guardians, I predict, will get their own trilogy, and make many Avengers appearances. Who knows, maybe they will team up with the likes of Thor or another in their own standalone.

Side Note

The casting for literally each character was perfect for the individual character, and the attitude of the film. The soundtrack is also phenomenal.

Step It Up DC

Its safe to say that the head execs over at DC should be ashamed of themselves, and honestly, need to be cycled out of power immediately. Marvel took a non mainstream comic book, turned it into a movie, and made 11.2 MILLION on a THURSDAY NIGHT PREMIER. This means that Marvel is raking in the money off this franchise, while the shotcallers over at DC haven't even get a Wonder Woman movie made...ever? Not only this, but they are seeming to exclude Martian Manhunter from the justice league movie? A talking raccoon and tree get featured while a property like Wonder Woman can't get a standalone film? It seems as if some management reorganization is desperately needed over at DC. They can't ride on the Dark Knight trilogy's success forever. They are going to have to put together a series of high quality films that aren't centered around Batman or Superman sometime, and that time is six years ago. Step up your game DC, or your fans will turn on you. In the meantime Marvel fans continuously have something to look forward to with mystery movie announcements and casting rumors abuzz. The Marvel community is thriving while DC flounders.

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      Thanks for a good review.

      I hadn't heard of this before it was released, but I am curious about it now and would be interested to see how it fits in with the rest of the Marvel Universe.

      I know what you mean about DC, they've got a lot of catching up to do.

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      The Silver Stream 3 years ago from Fort Worth, TX

      Rocket was absolutely hillarious. Him and Groot both contributed heavily to the comedic elements, often stealing the spotlight. If you enjoy marvel and superhero movies, I recommend this film without question. I think it is the best one since Iron Man 1

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      Peeples 3 years ago from South Carolina

      My husband and I both big into anything related to super hero type movies, however when we were at the theater to watch the last X-Men we saw a trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy and I thought I would hate it. The whole raccoon thing makes me weary. After your review though I may give in and watch it. I really was concerned about how realistic the raccoon would be. Good to know they at least took the time to create it well.

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      The Silver Stream 3 years ago from Fort Worth, TX

      Thank you good sir, your compliment is much appreciated

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      Pimp Master Wolf 3 years ago

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