An emotionally invested enthusiast of pop culture in the guise of a Copywriter. Apathetic by design. Aesthetically offensive and eloquently candid. A sentimental heathen.

Honestly, when the news about this movie came out, I was one of the people that went “What the fuck is Guardians of the Galaxy?” But yeah, I found out what this movie is about and join on the hype – albeit forgetting to watch the trailer because I have got no decent internet connection at home. Anyway, this movie is still not out yet in Indonesia, but thanks to my current whereabouts, I got to watch it earlier than my friends and let me tell you, the pricey ticket was worth it.

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After being abducted at the mere age of eight and raised as a thief, Peter Quill a.k.a Star Lord (Chris Pratt) found himself being the primary target of a manhunt, for Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) wants the orbs that Peter had. With the fate of galaxy at stake, Quill allied with the assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), bounty hunters duo Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel), and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). As the self proclaimed Guardians of the Galaxy, now it is their task to stop Ronan, at all costs.

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Marvel’s decision to create this movie was quite baffling, considering the lack of popularity that Guardians of the Galaxy had. But considering that X-Men, Fantastic Four, and even Spiderman are under the reign of other studios… well, Marvel probably was right to launch this ragtag team of a bunch of misfits. If they done it right, Marvel could just land themselves a new franchise that they could expand as they please. Had Guardians of the Galaxy set the stepping stone for that? Most likely.

As an opening for the would be saga, Guardians of the Galaxy give us decent information about the five criminals that made a heel-face turn and ended up working together to fight for the Galaxy. I said decent, because well, that’s all there is. The movie focused a  lot more on Peter Quill – quite understandably, considering he is the main protagonist of the movie and the so called leader of the team. The others though… not so much. Yes, we do know “who they are” and “what drives them”, bust most of them are known from the characters’ own mouth – the kind of introduction that I’m not exactly fond of. It’s just seems so lazy, having the character explain their motives and back story words by words. Had it was shown in bits of flashback, it would have left more impact and would give more chance to relate, feeling more than just slightly touched by their revelations. On the flip side, this could act as a bait, giving enough teaser for the viewers to feel intrigued by these characters and opening the door of chances for spin off movies about certain characters.

The story itself was, well, quite typical Marvel stories with quick pace and the arguably overused three parts drama of Marvel. Yet somehow James Gunn made it work and I would have to attribute it to the “Fuck it all we’re here to have fun” attitude that this movie – along with it’s main characters – seems to adorn. This movie was considerably lighter than what The Winter Soldier aimed to achieve, and it resulted in a genuinely fun movie with significant amount of mood whiplash. It felt like a roller coaster ride – a very fun one – and in a way, that’s why Guardians of the Galaxy worked even if there were little to no space for characters development and background story aside from what was said. Because there’s no to time to dwell on that, for we need to focus on the upcoming drop into the whirlwind of chaos, excitement, and actions. And humor.

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The actors and the actress all were good, but I don’t recall anyone being exceptionally stellar or remarkable. At least I don’t found them so, except for Chris Pratt. That man literally breathe life into this movie with the way he embodies Peter Quill’s carefree and often silly attitude. They couldn’t have cast anyone better to be Quill. Also props for Rocket Raccoon the deadpan snarker and all the snarky remarks that got me laughing my ass off. Groot was also very much adorable, Drax had his moment with his offhand comments and his inability to understand metaphor that got him being the butt of a joke, and Gamora is also PRETTY kickass. Lee Pace, for once, wasn’t as beautiful as usual, but he still looks downright menacing as Ronan the Accuser – that blood bath was one badass character establishing moment. Nebula quite piqued my interest with her bitterness as the always overlooked child, although that was probably because I do keep an eye on Karen Gillan. Michael Rooker’s Yondu, however, dance around the boundaries of being a likable character and a jerk – a refreshing character with grey morality. Oh, and Benicio Del Toro’s the Collector was as striking as usual, only a tad more…irksome.

All in all, Guardians of the Galaxy was far from perfect. Burdened by the responsibility of introducing five characters that most probably knows nothing about, this movie sometimes felt too cramped and rushed. On the other side, the story sometimes felt like it was stretched too thin because, well, we all know what’s coming anyway. But James Gunn made it all turned out well, so well that I was left breathless from the excitement and unadulterated fun. And I’ll be lying if I say this movie doesn’t make me want to know more about the five criminals that has so expertly stole a place alongside the other heroes that I adore. Guardians of the Galaxy was not perfect, yes, but it aced it’s purpose: introduction for an upcoming saga.

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Director: James Gunn. Writer: James Gunn & Nicole Perlman. Released on: August 1 2014 (USA). Casts: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Benicio Del Toro

 

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