On Bluray this week from director/writer James Gunn and Marvel comes an intergalactic gang of another kind with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.
Pilot Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) once lived on earth as a young boy. When his mother passes he is beamed up and raised in outer space by Yondu (Michael Rooker). Taught to find certain things for certain people, Quill the Star Lord, gets into trouble.
While seeing out an orb for big bucks, he runs into Korath (Djimon Hounsou) who would like nothing more than his head on a platter. While trying to sell the orb, Quill learns why! Ronan (Lee Pace) is also looking for the orb to take over the universe along with Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana).
Gamora is sent to retrieve the orb from Quill who is busy dealing with Rocket (Bradley Cooper) the raccoon and friend Groot (Vin Diesel). Instead they all end up in prison where they meet Drax (Dave Bautista) who has an ax to grind with Ronan.
A friendship based on need happens as Quill, Gamora, Rocket, Groot and Drax decide to take matters into their own hands and get the orb back. Ronan is a force they must prepare for if they are to make one last stand!
FINAL WORD: Pratt as Quill is not only funny but a damn good anti-hero hero with his tape deck and 1970’s moves. Once he is seen on the screen it’s hilarious and if you aren’t bobbing your head to the music then something is seriously wrong with you. Pratt brings his A-game giving us the full on Star Lord treatment and it’s filled with fun mixed with a moment or two of sweetness.
Cooper as the voice of Rocket is sarcastic, witty and down right smart for a raccoon. The best part of this vocal performance is that I quite forgot it was Cooper speaking because I liked that crazy critter so much. Diesel as the one-and-a-half-lined Groot was also so dang loveable that now every kid is going to want one, wait I WANT one!
Bautista as Drax is large and filled with anger issues. He also doesn’t have a great sense of humor and takes everything literally. That being said I really enjoyed watching his character develop throughout the film. Rooker as Yondu is blue with a Mohawk, need I say more? Merle has gone to space, recruited some men and is kicking ass and taking names. Hounsou has a small role as Korath but it’s a badass one.
Pace as Ronan not only has anger issues but Daddy issue as well, if that doesn’t make him deadlier than the rest I don’t know what does. There is a scene between Pace and Pratt toward the end that is hilarious and even through make-up Pace makes me crack up.
If you are wondering about Saldana – don’t. In this film instead of blue she is green and using her Na’vi training to ninja kick everybody that gets in her way. Been there, done that and seen it about half a dozen times now so wow’d I’m not.
Other cast include: John C. Reilly as Corpsman Dey, Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Peter Serafinowicz as Denarian Saal and Glenn Close as Nova Prime.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY four tubs of popcorn out of five. I had a good time watching the bluray! It’s a fun story with characters that has already left audiences wanting more.
Pratt made me laugh, Cooper and Diesel charmed there way into view and Pace made a nice bad guy with a quick show up of Glen Close. Did it feel like 121 minutes? Not at all and that, my friends, is very cool. It was a straight forward telling of this very odd group and there has to be a GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 because there is so much more of the story that needs telling.
For those who don’t want to wait, the Guardians first appeared in comics in 1969 written by Arnold Drake and illustrated by Gene Colan in ‘Marvel Super-Heroes’ (issue #18). They appear again in ‘Marvel Two-In-One’, ‘Giant Size Defenders’ and ‘Defenders. It would be in the 1990s that GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY would get their own comics that had 62 issues written/illustrated by Jim Valentino and Michael Gallagher. Finally, in 2008 a second volume was written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning.
There are amazing bonus features on the 3D Combo pack that include Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes, Making-of Featurette, Exclusive Look at “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron”, Gag Reel and Audio Commentary. There is so much to experience so get you 80’s music piped in through your headphones and enjoy!
In the end – there’s a new band of unlikely heroes in town!