Title: Guardians of the Galaxy Director: James Gunn Year: 2014 Run time: 2hrs 1m
“Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits - Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand - with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.”
0:45 - I love this song! 4:00 - That’s what happens when you run off after someone tells you not to. 5:05 - Weird to think of rain on alien planets. Just boring old rain. 9:22 - Starlord! 16:08 - Stan Lee cameo. Yay! 20:04 - This is the most ridiculous fight ever. 40:07 - “Nothing goes over my head.” Walking thesaurus right there. 41:38 - He’s the coolest raccoon ever. 42:56 - Risking his life for a mixtape. That’s class. 45:09 - “Or if you want to blow up moons.” MOON. 46:50 - Lots of weird words in this. It must be lots of fun coming up with alien names. 49:58 - Random John Stamos mention. 52:27 - “A great hero… named Kevin Bacon.” 57:00 - Big moment, nearly dropped it. That’s so me. 59:48 - Hehe, space dog. 1:07:57 - Aww, bless him. That’s like… giving up his life! Almost. 1:10:26 - Wasn’t really getting the Groot thing until his gasp. 1:17:25 - The conversation is the best bit. Like when the Avengers were all arguing. 1:28:03 - The Nova star shaped ships are very pretty. 1:31:50 - “Can’t believe I’m taking orders from a hamster.” 1:33:46 - Tree rage is like Hulk smash. 1:47:39 - The raccoon is very cute. Stick in a bucket.
Like most of the Marvel Universe fans, I wasn’t sure about the Guardians. Hadn’t heard of any of them, and my tolerance for the more off-the-wall things isn’t as high as it probably should be. When everyone suddenly said it was the best film ever, that raised my spirits, and seeing as we were always going to watch it anyway, I couldn’t wait.
It took me a good while to really get into it. Almost to the point where the group were sat around discussing the big plan and that it might be the death of them. That’s more than halfway through the film. But once I got it, it was brilliant, and I absolutely intend to go back and watch it all again being on board with everything.
Things I loved anyway included the incredible music, what a great Awesome Mix it was. Also, although the first seen with Quill as a child was heartbreaking, it was also an origin story that took about five minutes to complete. I have a lot of love for that. Bradley Cooper was brilliant, and Saldana was fab. The lines where they took everything literally were top notch.
So, not an immediate five out of five, but a film that had to work its way into my heart. Once it did though, there was no looking back.