Having never read any of The Guardians of the Galaxy comics, nor even heard of them before its cinema release, the City Life team were a little apprehensive going to watch this film. However, we came away having watched what might just be the best film of 2014 so far.
The plot revolves around Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) a human, kidnapped by space pirates, living as a thief in the far corners of space, on a quest to save the galaxy with his ragtag bunch of lovable misfits. These unlikely heroes are; Gamora the assassin (Zoe Saldana), Drax the destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket the gun wielding raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot the walking tree (Vin Diesel). Quill has stolen an orb which is far more valuable and powerful than he realises. When the entire galaxy is at risk of being destroyed, it’s up to the gang to overcome their own differences and save the day.
Right from the outset the film is fast and funny. Even with its two-hour plus running time there is never a dull moment or a chance for it to get stale. It’s a non-stop adventure that feels like it has much more heart than any of this year’s other superhero movies. The use of comedy and soundtrack were as good as any other Marvel film has managed and kept me absorbed in the colourful universe from start to finish. The comedic performances, particularly Cooper, and well thought gags were a breath of fresh air and left the recent Avengers and Iron Man movies looking stale and bleak by comparison. The visual effects and heart-warming story combine to make the star performances even more memorable.
Out now in cinemas nationwide, Guardians of the Galaxy is a fantastic film that everyone will enjoy. Every detail from the dialogue to the soundtrack is superb. If you’re only going to make one trip to the cinema this summer, it should be to see Guardians of the Galaxy