For the most part, Marvel Comics has stuck to what they know, movie-wise. The first installments of their Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America series could have gone bad, but they didn’t, and so sequels came after The Avengers. I’m not complaining, as those sequels were really good, but it’s been awhile since Marvel has tried to start a movie series with new characters. Guardians of the Galaxy is their first “new” movie since 2011. Is it good enough?
In 1988, a young boy named Peter Quill was abducted by aliens. Though he was supposed to be taken to his father, the aliens liked the boy, and decided to keep him. Decades later, Peter Quill is the self-proclaimed legendary outlaw Star-Lord, searching for treasure all around the galaxy. When he comes across an infinity stone, Peter finds himself an enemy of the dangerous Kree warlord Ronan, who wants to use it to destroy all life on the planet Xandar. Allying himself with a group of criminals, Peter must keep the stone from falling into the hands of Ronan.
This movie was a bit of a departure for Marvel, as I stated above. They went from a Captain America led espionage thriller to a Star Wars-esque sci-fi adventure. And you know what? It totally worked. This movie was everything that I could have wanted it to be. It was smart, funny (hilarious), action packed, and worked as a great starting point for a franchise. With The Avengers, all of the characters had bases to play off of, whether they were solo movies, or just cameos. In Guardians of the Galaxy, all of the characters were new. This movie worked well as both establishment for each character, and as it’s own movie as well, without cramming information about five different people in.
Rocket Raccoon: That’s for if things get really hardcore. Or if you wanna blow up moons.
Gamora: No one’s blowing up moons.
Rocket Raccoon: You just wanna suck the joy out of everything.
This movie wasn’t just all flash and bang either, there were some genuinely touching scenes in there, that would leave me really impressed with how deep the movie had gotten. But afterwards, they would slip a joke in, and leave you giggling hysterically. This formula, along with exciting action, worked perfectly on me, and as far as I could tell, the rest of the audience. 9 out of 10.
Guardians of the Galaxy is another awesome entry into the already awesome Marvel Cinematic Universe. Working as well as a hilarious comedy as it does as an action movie, Guardians of the Galaxy is a movie that leaves me eager for the sequel.