‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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My Rating: 9/10

Guardians of the Galaxy has now been named on the movie of the year, and it is has come as a surprise to its director James Gunn who tweeted:

“My fellow Guardians and I are proud to be, as of today, the top grossing film of 2014 in the US…”

As of the end of August, it has grossed a total of $557.5m at the box office!

The latest marvel release follows Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) who finds himself the main target of Ronan the Accuser, once he is in possession of an all-powerful orb that was discovered. This all leads to the main hub of the action scenes, which if seen in 3D is absolutely fantastic. Wonderful colourful visuals fill the screen and accompanied by a seriously kickass soundtrack….all around EPIC. There were plenty of funny moments, such as Groot’s various ‘I am Groot’ contributions – expressed in many ways, and Chris Pratt busting out some moves which made everyone in the theatre crack up.

Being James Gunn’s first mega-budget blockbuster, I was intrigued to see how this massive venture turned out. Having seen his previous creations such as Super and Slither, I expected big laughs and you definitely feel the Gunn vibe throughout the whole of Guardians of the Galaxy. You got the sense that Gunn and the cast (who by the way are an INCREDIBLE selection of actors) genuinely cared about the project, because during the months leading up to the films release both the cast and director would post behind-the-scenes images every now and then to whet our appetites – keeping the fans in the loop about what was happening next. I was in Malaysia when I first watched Guardians, and after pestering my brother with my excitement for months beforehand over how excited I was to see it, he joined me in seeing it in 3D – for the full effect. WOW! I was worried because you sometimes see movies that are over-promoted and turn out to be total flops, or just plain rubbish. This however was the complete opposite, and everywhere I looked online (social media, etc.) people were praising it and calling it ‘the movie of the summer’…which it absolutely was, and is for the rest of the year.

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Director, James Gunn. (Image courtesy of James Gunn)

Gunn selected the perfect A-list cast, each playing a completely bad ass character!

  • Chris Pratt – Peter Quill/Star-Lord
  • Zoe Saldana – Gamora
  • Dave Bautista – Drax the Destroyer
  • Vin Diesel – Groot
  • Bradley Cooper – Rocket
  • Lee Pace – Ronan the Accuser
  • Michael Rooker – Yondu Udonta
  • Karen Gillan – Nebula
  • Djimon Hounsou – Korath
  • John C. Reilly – Rhomann Dey
  • Glenn Close – Nova Prime Irani Rael
  • Benicio Del Toro – Taneleer Tivan/The Collector

You can tell each actor thoroughly enjoyed being part of the project, and I am excited to see what they do in Part 2 (which was recently announced). Michael Rooker who plays Yondu is a close friend of Gunn, and has appeared in two previous films of the director, Super and Slither, had this part written specifically for him. So I have a feeling that the cast are slowly becoming like those in relation to Christopher Nolan – working with a familiar cast because you like their style of acting/directing. I admire the amount of effort put into creating such a fun and entertaining piece to feast our eyes on!

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A behind-the-scenes snap… Ronan the Accuser (played by Lee Pace), James Gunn and Nebula (Karen Gillan) (Image courtesy of James Gunn)

The make-up was another impressive aspect of the whole movie. An example that showcases such intricate detailing and hard work would be the image below….there’s nothing much more to be said apart from that the make-up artists and costume designers are at the top of their game. I love it.

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An example of the impressive make-up used…Nebula played by Karen Gillan (Image courtesy of James Gunn)

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Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana (Image courtesy of James Gunn)

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Yondu, played by Michael Rooker (Image courtesy of James Gunn)

The soundtrack absolutely helped to shape Guardians into what it is.  10cc’s I’m Not in Love is one of my favourite songs, so the fact that it was used during the beginning scenes indicated to me that we were in for a crazy ride. Also, I couldn’t help but tap my feet to The Runaways Cherry Bomb when it played as well. Mr Gunn has a taste in music that you cannot fault.

(To give you a taster) — The tracks as listed in Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack):

  1. Blue Swede – Hooked on a Feeling
  2. Raspberries – Go All the Way
  3. Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky
  4. David Bowie – Moonage Daydream
  5. Elvin Bishop – Fooled Around and Fell in Love
  6. 10cc – I’m Not in Love
  7. The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
  8. Redbone – Come and Get Your Love
  9. The Runaways – Cherry Bomb
  10. Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
  11. Five Stairsteps –  O-o-h Child
  12. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Did you know? This soundtrack reached the top of the Billboard 200 Chart, which meant that it is the first album in history to remain at the top, comprised only of previously released songs.

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The cast at San Diego Comic Con

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James Gunn and some of the cast at the UK premiere in July.

I really highly recommend Guardians of the Galaxy to everyone, whether you are a marvel fan or not. You will NOT be disappointed!

I applaud you James Gunn… thank you for bringing something to life that is SO different & is a much needed breath of fresh air in terms of a summer movie (or just generally). We cannot wait for part 2…… THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

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