Movie review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)


The ten highest grossing films of the year currently (as in order) are Transformers: Age of Extinction, Guardians of the Galaxy, Maleficient, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Godzilla and Rio 2. I realized that I watched all of the above except one; Guardians of the Galaxy. With nothing to do on my Saturday’s afternoon at home, I finally watched the film to cover the list. It is currently the second highest grossing film of the year with box office intake of near US$ 770 million.

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Besides than being a box office success, the film is also critically acclaimed particularly on the direction, acting, light-hearted humor and nostalgic soundtrack. I strongly agreed to that. Previously, I shown very little interest on this film (that explains why I only watch this film now, three months after its release…that’s so late). But late is better than never and I’m quite surprised and delighted by the power of this good superhero film. The movie revolves on a group of space criminals whom must work together to stop the villain Ronan from destroying the galaxy.

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What group is that? Definitely an awkward one. A human. An alien. A prisoner. A raccoon. And a tree. What’s more unique than this ensemble? And yet, their collaboration, their interactions, their scenes sparked, whether it comes with serious plans and fights, hilarious jokes or laughs to ease the tension, or emotionally-charged elements to touch viewers. Everything delivered to a great balance in this 2-hour long movie. The story development is good and has some very engaging action sequences, but I have to be honest that remembering those names of overly excessive characters in the movie is very hard. I don’t know who is who actually when the names are called.

Well, that didn’t dampen my mood of getting excited to finish the movie to see how it all leads to. A happy ending as expected even for the Groot (the tree). One word for Chris Pratt as the main male lead of the film: Outstanding. Very persuasive and effective performance from him. The others did good job too but Chris definitely is the limelight here. The visuals are great, and the impressive effort by the production designing team should be complimented too. The nostalgic soundtrack made up another plus point.

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Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ a total of 7.8. A great film. Marvel has delivered again. It’s not an ordinary superhero film. It took place in a setting so strange to us. It has a very weird combination of characters. But it excels surprisingly good in its own distinctive way. Just brilliant. And I’m happy that its sequel is currently being planned and is slated for release on May 5, 2017.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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