Chances are that before August of 2014 when you asked someone on the street who Star-lord or Groot are, they weren’t able to answer. But then James Gunn burst on the scene and brought with him one of the most fun and successful comic book movies ever made. This is a team up movie with fascinating characters, a great sense of style, and lots of jokes.
Watching Guardians again for this Marvel marathon I realized what a breath of fresh air this movie was for the MCU. Winter soldier was incredible but the other phase 2 movies began taking themselves way too seriously and began to drag. Guardians on the other hand hits the ground running with a hilarious dance sequence with Chris Pratt. The tone of the movie is spot on and while comedic you still feel the gravity of the emotional moments in the climax.
I want to praise the visual effects department for making arguably the best looking of the marvel movies so far. The colors pop out of the screen, Rocket and Groot both look incredible even 4 years later, and the worlds all feel real and lived in. This is also helped by the amazing score and soundtrack which brings in that 80s nostalgia while still providing the Guardians with their own heroic theme.
The Guardians are also a great team. They don’t get fully fleshed out backstories and the movie is honestly better for it. I don’t need to see Peter growing up with the ravagers or groot and rocket first meeting. The actors do a phenomenal job of just embodying these characters and making them feel like they lived full lives before their meeting. The relationships are all great and while we will see more of them in the future, the groundwork laid out makes the guardians some of the most entertaining characters in the marvel universe.
This movie is a blast to watch. The only minor flaws are a weak villain and drax’s character getting the short end of the stick. However I feel that the rest of the movie more than makes up for these few flaws with great action, humor, characters, and visuals. Of all the Marvel movies this might be the one I have watched most often and that definitely means something.
“Well he don’t know talkin’ good like me and you, so his vocabulistics is limited to “I” and “am” and “Groot,” exclusively in that order.”