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If the wayward denizens of Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars rose up and demanded their own starring vehicle, it would probably be something like Guardian of the Galaxy 1- a ragtag band of misfits and mercenaries making the world a safer place by accident. An unusually prankish and playful Marvel Studios director, James Gunn has his presumptive franchise-starter overlong, overstuffed and too eager to please, but the cheeky comic tone keeps things buoyant. While the movie seems unlikely to challenge the box office benchmarks set by others of Marvel Studios, this inaugural outing inject some much-needed life into Hollywood’s sagging summer fortunes.
First introduced in the January-1969 issue of Marvel Super-Heroes, the comic of Guardian of the Galaxy have been spun off, recast and rebooted several times over the decades, but still keeping with its creators’, Arnold Drake and Gene Colan, vision of an intergalactic traveling through time and space to protect the universe from various villains. For the film, Gunn and his co-writer Nicole Perlman have taken most of their inspiration from the 2008 incarnation of the series created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, which offered a team of Guardians that’s consistent in members, and all under the questionable leadership of Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord), a half-human, half-alien space jockey with a comically square jaw and an air of preening self-regard. However, since Guardian of the Galaxy comic isn’t as sacrosanct as Captain America or Thor, the filmmakers seem to have been given more than the usual license to play and reinvent.
Above all of their reinvent is Peter Quill. They’ve turned Quill (Chris Pratt) into an amiable, good-vibing doofus who seems congenitally incapable of taking anything seriously but can, when the occasion demands, kick serious butt. When we first see Quill, he’s more a gabbage than a guardians, but as the movies going on his quality of lead guardian revealed. Also, Quill seems to be a protagonist of the protagonists in the movie. That’s Quill brings to Guardian of the Galaxy a funky, off-kilter energy even when the plotting turns toward the conventional.
If the Avengers are Marvel’s top-of-the-class all-stars, the Guardians are its underachieving freaks and geeks. Gunn and Perlman have essentially crafted a new origin story about how these people come together to keep one of the Infinity Stones out of the hands of Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), a warmongering baddie hellbent on destroying the planet Xandar. Fighting the good fight alongside Quill are Gamora (Zoe Saldana), rebellious daughter of an even bigger villaon called Thanos; the hulking, elaborately tattooed Drax (Dave Bautista), who seeks revenge for the death of his family; a genetically modified humanoid raccoon named Rocket (Bradley Cooper); and his resident muscle, an anthropomorphic tree called Groot (Vin Diesel).
It’s difficult to imagine Gunn being asked to do a darkly funny, brutally violent portrait of superheroism as a kind of psychopathy, but to Gunn’s credit, he’s delivered a movie that’s idiosyncratic enough to stand out from the crowd.
The movie has more characters and incidents than it quite knows what to do with, some of which seem planted here as seeds for the inevitable sequel. Benicio Del Toro pops up briefly as an exotic The Collector who looks like Liberace after a bleaching accident, while Glenn Close is around just long enough as a senior Xandar peacekeeper to make you wonder how many hours is needed to do her hair. Karen Gillan – co-star from Doctor Who – is so hastily introduced as another daughter of Thanos that, when she eventually comes into possession of the orb, it takes a moment to remember who she even is.
Still, the core characters are lovingly fleshed out by the performers, especially Pratt, who seems to be grooving to his own private soundtrack even when he doesn’t have his headphones in his ears, and Cooper and Diesel, who nearly walk off with the movie as a couple of fractious yet inseparable platonic soulmates firmly in the R2D2/C3PO mold.
Elsewhere, the movie has a rich, varied look courtesy of cinematographer from Ben Davis and production designer Charles Wood. Special effects makeup designer, David White, also does a superb job of creating distinctive looks for the movie’s expansive gallery of humanoid and alien species.
All together have made Guardian of the Galaxy one of the greatest movie in MCU. Let’s enjoy the movie online! Then try the Guardian of the Galaxy Vol 2 sountrack here: