One of the biggest problems with the movies that come out of Marvel studios is that they have too high of a focus on humor and visual effects rather than establishing pathos and a sound story. Enter “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel’s cure.
The biggest problem with “Thor: The Dark World” was that the humor felt extremely out of place given the serious nature of the main characters and the storyline. Humor fits the characters in “Guardians of the Galaxy” so well, that I would argue it’s the funniest film of the year. For those who are not familiar with the “Guardians of the Galaxy” comics, they tend to be flashier than most. This made the over-the-top action scenes that much cooler and memorable.
The casting for this movie was nearly perfect. Chris Pratt immortalized his role as Star-Lord. Every scene with him is unforgettable. Zoe Saldana is going to give teenage boys everywhere a fetish for green women. To my surprise, Dave Bautista played Drax the Destroyer quite well. Out of the bunch, Drax is definitely the most serious character given his tragic history, but Bautista gives a very memorable performance. Vin Diesel is fantastic as Groot. Even though he only repeated three words throughout the movie, Groot stole the show. All the best action scenes in “Guardians of the Galaxy” involved Groot.
My main issue with the casting was Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon. Whereas Diesel is known for his voice acting, this was the very first time Cooper ever voice acted, and you could tell. There are times when the voice just doesn’t match up well with the character’s mood or actions. He did not do a terrible job by any means, but there were better choices by far. Well-known voice actors such as Steve Blum and David Tennant were my first choices, and they would have been much cheaper than Cooper.
The plot centers around the Guardians coming together to keep an Infinity Stone from falling into the wrong hands. The Infinity Stone is a weaponized stone that’s basically equivalent to the Tesseract from “The Avengers” and the Ether from “Thor: The Dark World.” In this lies my main complaint. This is basically the same exact set up as “Captain America”, “The Avengers” and “Thor: The Dark World.” I understand that Marvel needs to set up the Infinity Stones for when Thanos comes in the third Avengers movie, but for the love of God, each stone does not need it’s own movie and back-story.
Speaking of Thanos, audiences get their first real taste of him in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Thanos has an aura around him and an ambiance that sends chills down your spine that foreshadows a huge ass-kicking to come.