1/10 of my Marvel Movie Challenge. If the “Avengers” are earth’s mightiest heroes, outer space has its own. They are the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Marvel-produced film was released last July. To be honest, when I watched the trailer for the first time, I was like “Who are these creatures? Are they some kind of mediocre Avengers wannabees? And why are they using 80’s songs?” But when I found out that the movie was a huge hit, curiosity (and Chris Pratt) made me watch the film.
The film revolves around Peter Quill or Star-lord (Chris Pratt), a young boy who was abducted from earth by the Ravagers, a group of space pirates led by Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker). Twenty-six years later, Peter steals an orb that can destroy everything when it is opened and reaches the ground. In the process, Peter needs to stop their enemy Ronan (Lee Pace) from getting the orb and manages to get allies namely Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a genetically engineered raccoon, Drax (Dave Bautista), a warrior in search of vengeance against Ronan, Groot (Vin Diesel), a tree-like humanoid, and Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a trained assassin who wishes to seek redemption for her past crimes.
With themes such as revenge, justice, sacrifice, redemption, love, family and friendship, the movie turned out to be great. The actors were full of potential, and the plot itself is unique and not some typical superhero story. It was a great mix of comedy, musical, drama, sci-fi and action. Watching it also felt like a throwback since the songs used in the movie were hits of the 70’s and 80’s. Who knew that “Cherry Bomb” by the Runaways can be used to accompany a pre-battle scene? And who knew singing and dancing to a song can serve as a distraction against your enemy? The official soundtrack (OST) is a must-buy! Anyways, I take back what I said. The Guardians of the Galaxy are not mediocre. And they’re definitely not Avengers wannabees. They do their own thing, and they’re great at it. I recommend that you guys go and see the movie while it’s still out. Oh, and I do wish for a Guardians and Avengers cross-over in the near future.