Top 100 Films Of The 2010’s – #44 – Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)


RELEASED: 31st July 2014

DIRECTOR: James Gunn

CAST: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Sean Gunn and Josh Brolin

BUDGET: $170m

BOX OFFICE WORLDWIDE: $774.1m

AWARDS: None ( 2 Academy Award nominations and 2 BAFTA nominations)

A group of intergalactic criminals must pull together to stop a fanatical warrior with plans to purge the universe.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy has us follow the story of a man called Peter Quill, who was abducted from Earth and then we flashforward twenty-six years later to a different universe entirely, where we follow a grown up Quill  stealing an orb on the planet Morag. Turns out though that orb is wanted by Ronan, a Kree fanatic, and is now being hunted by his men and has a bounty on his head for capturing it and this is where Gamora and the tag team of Rocket and Groot come in.

 

In 2014, Marvel Studios brought onto the big screen Guardians of the Galaxy, the tenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the time some touted that the film was Marvel Studios riskiest project to date, after all two of the main characters were a talking racoon and a talking tree, how the hell could that possibly work? Well from the moment Peter Quill turns on his walkman and Redbone’s ‘Come And Get Your Love’ starts playing through the opening credits, to the Howard the Duck cameo that appears in the after credits, the film is one of the most enjoyable rides in the MCU and one of the most rewatchable. What makes it work so well is the characters and how these band of misfits gel together so effortlessly, with James Gunn’s script (co-written alongside Nicole Perlman) and direction providing, at the time, a refreshing MCU experience on a grand scale of new worlds and characters with some well-timed comedic humour and heart. The performances from the ensemble are great. Chris Pratt just fits into the role of the man-child turned hero Peter Quill aka Star-Lord really well here, Zoe Saldana gives a really good performance as Gamora, the orphan-turned-assassin that was raised by Thanos. Dave Bautista is really good in delivering the deadpan humour as Drax the Destroyer and, despite initial issues I had at the time in casting big names for voice acting gigs rather than use actual voice actors, I can’t imagine anyone else now voicing Rocket other than Bradley Cooper, same goes for Vin Diesel as Groot. In terms of the supporting performances, Michael Rooker really shines through as Yondu. The special effects team done a hell of a job in this film too in creating this intergalactic universe, as well as the character work on Rocket and Groot, and then there’s the climax in the final act on Xandar.

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: With Nebula destroying Gamora’s ship, leaving her floating in space, Quill goes out and gives her his helmet to survive. It’s a very well constructed scene and the cinematography from Ben Davis was at its best here, in my opinion.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: “Yeah, I’ll have to agree with the walking thesaurus on that one.

DO NOT ever call me a thesaurus.

It’s just a metaphor, dude.

His people are completely literal. Metaphors go over his head.

Nothing goes over my head! My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it.” – Peter Quill, Drax & Rocket

DID YOU KNOW: Vin Diesel recorded all his lines in several different languages, including Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and French, so that they could use his real voice in the film around the world.

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