(This review is spoiler-free. Links are to songs.)
Rated PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language MPAA)
Staring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro
Director James Gunn
Time 122 minSoundtrack Tyler Bates
Around 8:30 pm on Friday, August 1st, I called my brother asking him to come pick me up from work. A few minutes later he drove up in his cute new little red car and I got in, commenting on his nice ride, and asked if I remembered correctly that he had said there was a nine o'clock showing of Guardians. "It's eight-thirty," I said. And he said: "Right!" Driving to the theater I had to lean forward every now and then to wipe the fog off the inside of the dashboard. I noticed my brother fiddling with something in his hand and suddenly the small space inside the car was filled with vibrations of "Who-gha cuck-ah, who-gha chuck-ah, who-gha who-gha cuck-ah chuck-ah cuck-ah ." I sighed. Gave in, and sang along diligently. I [insert loud thumps]'m hooked on a feeling; I'm high in believing....
My favorite piece of the whole movie is contained in the first seven minutes. It displays easily and humorously the personality of the main character, Peter Quill. The moment and image when the Guardians of the Galaxy logo comes onto the screen is priceless. But the first parts of the movie being my favorite isn't to say that the movie has a downward slope, though the minutes - about ten - after those first seven were a bit slow. The movie is full of small moments, moments that exhibit humor and heart, and even tell us a little about the backgrounds of characters.
If you've seen the trailer than you know it's full of golden music from the 70s and 80s. That music is entwined in the movie and not only supplies an entertaining soundtrack but also has an element of importance to the plot. That it is mixed with the plot allows the music to be humorous without mocking people, custom, or sentiment. The music makes a story set in faraway galactic places warm and fun-filled.
It's easy to understand why someone wouldn't like Guardians. Some people will get it and some won't. But for those that do get it, it's such a treat.
As always with Marvel movies, remember to stay to the end of the credits. I didn't 'get' the last aftercredits scene but the first, it's one of my favorite scenes period.
my rating 4 / 5