Guardians of the Galaxy, my review.

Posted: March 20, 2015 in Gossip/News/Reviews - Film
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Well folks, Hope you are well. The other day we saw “Guardians of the galaxy” on BT Vision (Released at cinema on 22nd November 2013) and here is my review.  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

We have been looking forward to this for a long time as I was very curious how this fitted with the Marvel film universe and unfortunately we were unable to see it at the cinema.

The film opens In 1988, where following his mother’s death, a young Peter Quill is abducted from Earth a group of space pirates led by Yondu Udonta.

Fast forward 26 years and Quill, now played by Chris Pratt, is a charming renegade in the Indiana Jones mould. On the planet Morag, Quill steals an orb, after which he is intercepted by Korath, a subordinate to the fanatical Kree, Ronan. Although Quill escapes with the orb, Yondu discovers his theft and issues a bounty for his capture, while Ronan sends the assassin Gamora after the orb.

When Quill attempts to sell the orb on the Nova Empire capital world, Xandar, Gamora ambushes him and steals it. A fight ensues, drawing in a pair of bounty hunters: the genetically engineered raccoon Rocket, and the tree-like humanoid Groot. The Nova Corps arrives and arrests all four, imprisoning them in the Kyln. While there, a powerful inmate, Drax, attempts to kill Gamora due to her association with Ronan, who killed his family. Quill dissuades him by saying that Gamora can bring Ronan to him, at which point Gamora reveals that she has betrayed Ronan, unwilling to let him use the orb’s power to destroy entire planets such as Xandar. Learning that Gamora has a buyer for the orb, she, Quill, Rocket, Groot, and Drax work together to escape from the Kyln.

Elsewhere, Ronan meets with Gamora’s adoptive father, Thanos, to discuss her betrayal and the loss of the orb. Accompanied by Drax, Quill’s group escapes the Kyln in his ship – the Milano – and flee to Knowhere, a remote criminal outpost in space built in the giant severed-head of a Celestial. A drunken Drax summons Ronan while the rest of the group meet Gamora’s contact, the collector Taneleer Tivan. Tivan opens the orb, revealing an Infinity Stone, an item of immeasurable power that destroys all but the most powerful beings who wield it. Suddenly, Tivan’s tormented assistant grabs the Stone, triggering an explosion that engulfs Tivan’s archive.

Ronan arrives and easily defeats Drax, while the others flee by ship, pursued by Ronan’s followers and Gamora’s sister Nebula. Nebula destroys Gamora’s ship, leaving her floating in space, and Ronan’s forces leave with the sphere. Quill contacts Yondu before following Gamora into space, giving her his helmet to survive; Yondu arrives and retrieves the pair. Rocket, Drax, and Groot threaten to attack Yondu’s ship to rescue them, but Quill negotiates a truce by convincing Yondu that they can recover the orb. The group agrees that facing Ronan means certain death, yet despite that they also understand they must stop him from using the Infinity Stone to destroy the galaxy. On Ronan’s flagship, the Dark Aster, Ronan embeds the Stone in his warhammer, taking its power for himself. He contacts Thanos, threatening to kill him after the destruction of Xandar; hateful of her adopted father, Nebula allies with Ronan.

Near Xandar, the Dark Aster is confronted by the Ravagers, the Nova Corps, and Quill’s group and climatic battle ensues. I wont reveal the ending but the last 20 minutes or so are very exciting.

And watch out for the usual post credits scene.

BRILLIANT, that’s all I can say :).

I was looking forward to this for a while and I was not disappointed. I (well we all did) really liked the film. It was great fun.  The effects were brilliant. The humour is brilliant. The dialogue and action sequences were brilliant. In fact I think it’s the best film I have seen for a while.

Pratt carries the show marvellously, and Rocket the talking raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, nearly steals the show for me with his fast talking banter.  But I have to mention Groot (voiced by action man Vin Diesel) who knows only three words, “I am Groot,” which he repeats again, again and again with different inflections throughout the movie.

Although I have not heard of Guardians of the galaxy before and had not seen any of the characters in comics  before I warmed very quickly to them.  I think this is a brilliant stand alone Marvel film and fits very well into the Marvel film universe. Whether further films will link events between the avengers and guardians of the galaxy I don’t know.

Would I recommend it, well hell yes it is definitely worth a watch.

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