As a young boy, Peter Quill lost his mother, his father, and was abducted by a crew of space bounty hunters. Now as an adult, he works as essentially a treasure hunter for hire and was commissioned to find a mystic orb and give it to his buyer. However, the orb has a deadly secret behind it and is sought after by Ronan the Accuser, a powerful warlord that directly works under Thanos, the strongest being in the universe. So Peter Quill eventually teams up with Gamorra, a daughter of Thanos that wants revenge on him, Drax the Destroyer, a man who wants revenge on Ronan for killing his family, Rocket Raccoon, an intelligent raccoon played by Bradley Cooper, and Groot, a tall tree man that can only say the words "I am Groot". These five must band together to discover the secret of the orb, defeat Ronan, save the galaxy, and make some money along the way.
What's tricky about making a Sci-fi movie of this caliber is that Marvel is notorious for making its galactic characters and its galactic continuity VERY dense and hard to follow. Character change allegiances on a damn, there's a plethora of planets with opposing ideologies, and all of them are convoluted to the nth degree. In Guardians, everything is simplified to its basic components. In fact, most of the dense continuity is outright ignored and not even touched upon. Ronan himself is a member of a race called the Kree, and trying to explain what the Kree are would talk an eternity. The Kree are only shown for one scene, and even then their presence is barely explained, but that is a strength of the movie. It doesn't try to load the viewer down with massive amounts of continuity. It gives across the basic motivations of people and ignores all of the nuances that they've accumulated over the span of several decades, making something that would come across as challenging to comprehend much easier to follow.
|The fate of the universe rests in these five. They're screwed.|
Most of those grins come from the dynamic duo of Rocket Raccoon and Groot though. These two absolutely steal the show from everyone else. Actually, they don't steal the show from everyone. They reenact the closing scene of Inglorious Basterds on everyone, burning down the whole show and killing everyone in it. They're that awesome. From great lines like "You're making me kick grass!" to "For this plan to work, we need to steal this guy's eye", Rocket Raccoon and Groot will forever be remembered as being some of the best characters to come out of the whole MCU. In fact, Groot is even more badass than Hulk was when he threw Loki around in The Avengers. Groot makes Hulk look like a puny god.
Unlike with Winter Soldier, the reason why I don't want to give too much away is because this is a movie that has its best moments in its characters interacting with each other. I can give the plot away if I wanted to since at the end of the day, it doesn't matter. This is a movie that is good based on the sum of its parts. Every scene is well written and well acted and it made me split my sides with how funny it was. I can actually kind of see this movie as a much more successful Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. It's a movie that is designed to have a strong cult following and has enough fun with itself to please all audiences. If you're a fan of Scott Pilgrim, this movie is going to be perfect for you.
|"I AM GROOOOOOOOOOT!!!"|
Getting back on track though, if I could have a single gripe with this film, it's that its villains never feel fully developed. Yes Ronan is fearsome and strong, but I never saw him as anything more than a stock villain, as someone to give the Guardians someone to fight against. He's almost like Electro in Amazing Spider-Man 2; he's exists to give the movie conflict, even though he technically doesn't have to be in the movie. However, unlike Amazing Spider-Man 2, the set up in Guardians of the Galaxy is worth the creation of the film. We get more details about the overall MCU, we see what Thanos is up to, and we even get some nods to future events that will be coming very shortly. Plus, it establishes a new part of the MCU that didn't need to exist, but now is very crucial to the franchise and it houses some its most enjoyable characters. But yeah, most of the villains are very stock and have no discernible personality other than being evil for the sake of evil.
Even then, I'm not too bothered by the lack of developed villains because our main characters are so well developed. All five of our protagonists have clear motivations, backstories, scenes, and identities. We can relate to them and what they've gone through, and we always support them no matter what they do. They're just a lovable ragtag group of misfits. Everyone loves the lovable ragtag group of misfits.
|I wonder what's inside the orb?|