The following is my own opinion of the summer smash hit film “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD! (you’ve been warned)
Although I am a reader of comic books, I purposefully went into this film knowing very little about the storyline and only minimal about the characters. I am very glad that I did, because I was able to finally enjoy something that was a brand-new experience to me.
First of all…let me just go ahead and admit that I have seen it 6 times in theaters. Yes, SIX times. Opening night was a much-anticipated date for my sons and me. My boys are Michael, 17 and Sammy, 15. We have a tradition, that has been going on pretty much their entire lives, of getting revved up for opening night of some pretty awesome movies.
After leaving the theater, we all agreed that Guardians was one amazing, perfectly-written and stunngingly filmed movie. It is a rare thing indeed that we all agree so whole-heartedly when it comes to films. A few weeks later, I took my niece, Lexi, to see it on her birthday. Of course she loved it – especially Groot, who has the cutest little dance number at the end.
The third time, I just had to see it in IMAX 3-D. I ended up going with a friend; it was his first viewing. Of couse, he loved it. What person in their right mind WOULDN’T?
The 4th time, I took my boys to see it in IMAX 3D because I knew how awesome it was and wanted them to experience it. The 5th time was with another friend, regular digital cinema. The 6th time was, once again, with my sons. My oldest son brought a friend along who hadn’t seen it yet. Of course, she LOVED it. What kind of crazy person WOULDN’T!?
Maybe you are wondering what the hype is all about. Most people that I try to talk into seeing it are all for it…however, there are a few (*cough* my boyfriend *cough*) who swear that it must be the dumbest, corniest movie ever made since it has a talking raccoon and tree, so they refuse to see it. (I won’t forget the fact that he promised to watch it with me as soon as it hits DVD.) If you haven’t seen it yet & are wondering what the fuss is all about, let me explain it to you in 4 simple words:
THIS MOVIE HAS HEART.
Yes. Guardians of the Galaxy is full of REAL interactions between flawed, imperfect characters, who against tremendous odds, learn what real friendship & family is all about. I left the theater feeling that it’s OKAY to be messed up over your past; it’s OK to fuss and argue with your loved ones sometimes. No matter what, you can depend on certain people in your life to be there for you, but you have to learn to accept love. One of the major themes I pulled from it is that we are not in control. Everything happens for a reason – according to God’s plan – and although we may not fully (or ever) understand it, we can feel secure in the knowledge that God is always there, always watching over us, always putting people and circumstances in our lives to guide our way. What I have been through in my past was God’s way of making me stronger for my future. Just like Starlord, we are all searcing for something…some of us find it and know that we have; some of us will always be searching.
The opening always leaves me choking back tears. Then within minutes, I am dancing right along with Peter Quill/Starlord (acted perfectly by Chris Pratt of Parks & Rec fame) to “Come and Get Your Love.”
The action sequences are pretty amazing. For those of us who are the same age as Quill in the movie, the numerous references to his 80’s childhood will always bring back good memories. It’s easy to tell that film maker/director James Gunn grew up on Star Wars, The Goonies & re-runs of HBO movies.
David Bautista makes an amazing Drax the Destroyer. We watch him turn from a man on a mission – to avenge the deaths of his wife and daughter – into a team player that wants to be part of something bigger, and learn to have fun at the same time. He has some of the more humorous lines, because of his race’s inability to grasp metaphors.
Zoe Saldana is beautiful, and deadly, as Gamora. I like the fact that they don’t over-sexualize her character, and she is given the same opportunites to show her B.A. as much as her male counterparts.
That leaves us with Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Easily, one of the best duos ever created in comic book history. Groot is the muscle and Rocket is the brains. They are a perfect match-up and communicate with ease, considering the only thing Groot can say is “I am Groot.”
The side characters are also very engaging: Ronan, the most evil dude ever who is controlled in part by Thanos. Nebula, who is an adopted daughter of Thanos, same as Gamora, which makes them sisters. The Collector is just creepy and eerily brought to life by Benicio Del Toro. (Although I think he may need to have that neck issue looked at, especially after the explosion.) My personal favorite of them all is Yondu Udonta – the leader of the Ravagers and a somewhat “father-figure” to Peter Quill. He’s a scoundrel alright, and I sure do love those. He has the coolest scene, toward the end of the movie, where he pretty much kicks all kinds of butt with just his one flying arrow, which he controls by whistling. Michael Rooker is such a great actor, he really brought Yondu to life on the screen.
I can’t really think of anything wrong with this movie. I mean yes, there are some minor plot holes, but when a film just brings everything you can ever want to the screen, you tend to overlook those things much easier. If there is one thing I encourage you to take away from this movie, it is this:
BE LIKE KEVIN BACON.
I am sure I will see it a few more times before it leaves theaters. You can pretty much bet on it.