Guardians of the Galaxy is the origins story where we see the formation of a new team of heroes that fight evil at a galactic level. Peter Quill, played by Chris Patt (Delivery Man), is an earthling who is abducted at very young age by group of aliens. Thats where we say farewell to Earth! The movie takes place in deep space with little or no mention of Earth, which translates into a plethora of great visuals, weird alien characters and everything a sci-fi junkie can dream of. Peter grows up along with his abductors into an outlaw himself. But this space-faring hero of ours ends up with a bounty on his head as soon as he steals a mysterious orb. The story, for most part, revolves around this shiny orb that holds the potential to be a weapon of infinite power. The orb also catches the attention of Ronan, the blue-skinned villain in exile played by Lee Pace (The Hobbit), who plans to use it to destroy the galaxy along with people who betrayed him.
So what’s good about the movie? Pretty much every-darned-thing! First of all, the characters are surprisingly fresh. Each one is unique and amazing in their own sense. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the actors do complete justice to their roles. They create this awesome team that has action, humour, and wits all packed into one. Holding the horde of characters together is a neat script that never loses pace or coherence. True to its expectations the movie is high on visuals and SFX. It has enough explosions and action to keep you with gaping mouth and enough humour to tickle your funny bone. To top it all, the soundtrack is a collection of classic pop hits that are sure to bring back memories or create new ones (i.e. if you are a millennial like me). Kudos to director James Gunn, who has not only done an excellent job with the movie but also created a movie that goes toe-to-toe with The Avengers and maybe even outshines it (I think this is even better than Avengers). So in short, Guardians of The Galaxy is a perfect sundae that has all the right ingredients for a summer blockbuster.
For all the Marvel fans (Spoiler Alert!): Lets talk a little more about the Marvel-verse. You might be wondering where does GOTG fit with Avengers? You might know that Gamora is the adopted daughter of Thanos. So yes, we get to see Thanos in his full glory (although we got a teaser in the Avengers post credit scene), for a short stretch. Apart from the fact that Guardians and Avengers are facing one goliath enemy (Thanos), there isn't much connecting the two worlds. And when it comes to comparing the two movies, even considering that they are both origins story, there are but a very few similarities. (Spoilers End.)
GOTG is a very different movie that showcases marvel’s funny side of storytelling that places outlaws in place of heroes. The result is a hilarious and explosive roller coaster ride. And if you need more reasons to watch the movie, here’s one: recently at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel announced that it is going ahead with the second GOTG movie which is set to release on 18 Jul 2017 (yayy!)
So what are you waiting for! There’s a villain out there who wants to destroy the entire galaxy and there is no better way to spend your weekend than watching “a bunch of A-holes” trying to save it.