Movie poster for Guardians of the Galaxy, starring Chris Pratt
I had so many doubts about the Guardians of the Galaxy the first time I saw the trailer. I thought it would be Marvel’s first big flop and a huge misstep simply because of how foolish and different it seemed to be from all the other Marvel movies.
Then reviews started flooding in essentially painting it as the movie of the summer. Upon release, it broke the record for the biggest August movie opening of all time. If this was in any way a misstep, the numbers suggested otherwise. In fact, so is the movie.
Guardians of the Galaxy is plastered in irony, using humour as the main point of attraction rather than the plot, which doesn’t even really matter. So much is centred around the soundtrack, a mixtape made by Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) mother (Laura Haddock) consisting of cheesy 60s and 70s hits that plays a recurring role throughout the movie (and could very well be the second biggest movie soundtrack of the year, behind Frozen – it’ll be the best-selling album this coming week.)
While other Marvel movies have played up humour to varying degrees, this one takes it to a whole other level to the point where any and all situations are absolutely ridiculous.
Chris Pratt owns the film as Peter Quill and despite my doubts that he could carry such a big project, he really pulled it off. His nature of humour coincided with the role and as a result, Guardians will likely push his public persona to new heights. Prepare for a few years of everything-Pratt!
Even with his ownage, the supporting roles contributed heavily to the likability (re: ridiculousness) in all the right ways. Groot (Vin Diesel) the humanoid tree (“I am groot!”), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) the talking angry raccoon, and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) all had pivotal moments where the spotlight momentarily shone on them and they each provided their own brands of humour.
Guardians of the Galaxy was a gamble and really should have been D-listed, reserved for ironic Friday night get-togethers consisting of geeking out and watching bad 80s movies, but instead Marvel struck again with another chapter in a long line of pre-Avengers 2 gold with a movie that is pure fun. It doesn’t fit like a glove gauntlet with the rest of the Marvel flicks but it further shows the versatility of the franchise. The misstepping flop can wait.