Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Fuck. You. Star Wars.

Seriously. Just don’t even bother anymore, Marvel has already done better in one movie than you can ever possibly hope to with another trilogy. After the prequels and manipulated originals ruined Star Wars for me forever (sans Empire), Guardians of the Galaxy finally made me forget about that franchise’s existence at all.

I cannot begin to gush enough over just how great GOTG is…this is possibly one of the greatest sci-fi action films ever made. A truly monumental space opera if there ever was one. Marvel, outdid themselves earlier this year with Captain America: Winter Soldier (topping even the Avengers) and now they’ve outdone themselves again with GOTG.

When this movie was announced a couple years back, I became it’s biggest cheerleader. Not because I’m particularly partial to the GOTG comics, but because of what this film in particular represents. A whole other aspect of the infinitely vast Marvel universe, the cosmic. I am literally watching characters I’ve loved for almost 30 years of reading comics, come to life. And the best part? It’s being done so beautifully and without any shame whatsoever. We’re talking about a film where two of the main characters are a talking raccoon and a tree that only says “I am Groot”. And yet, it’s totally believable, sincere and best of all, it exists in the same universe as gods, superhumans and mortals alike.

Everything in this film from the soundtrack, pacing, color palette, acting, art direction, is so meticulously crafted and honed to utter perfection. This isn’t just a good comic book film, it’s a really great film in general. It’s a testament to Marvels love and understanding for their characters (you could learn something here DC) who are personified flawlessly by Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and Dave Batista. There is a real chemistry onscreen with all of them and under the direction of the great James Gunn (Slither, Super) each character gives you so many reasons to love them and understand their motivations.

When this all started with Iron Man back in 2008, I never thought I’d be seeing a 10 year plan to get to Avengers 3, or what is essentially going to be The Infinity Gauntlet, which is easily my favorite Marvel Comics story of all time. But now that it’s happening, all I can do is wait with baited breath, as with each new movie the tension mounts, the Infinity Gems are being acquired, and the final showdown with the mad titan Thanos awaits.

Marvel is doing something completely unprecedented in the history of cinema, they are building a cohesive and expansive universe. A universe of gods and men, talking raccoons, titans, celestials, and you know what? It’s working. My god, it’s working.

Star Wars episode wha?

-Sock Talk Jon-

Bonus Features:

A Rocket Raccoon painting I did earlier this year while frothing at the mouth in anticipation for this movie. Enjoy!


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