The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
This is quite the big risk. Marvel Studios, who successfully launched a whole host of their iconic superheroes – Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, to name just a few – over the past few years, take a substantial risk by kicking-off a new franchise full of unknown characters, stars, and story-lines. It could have been a multi-million dollar disaster but, thankfully, their gamble has paid off and easily delivered one of 2014's most entertaining and exuberant cinematic experiences so far.
Under the supervision of director James Gunn, a relative unknown with no major acclaimed film, Gaurdians of the Galaxy is able to capture viewers' attention from the very first frame. Bolstered by an impressive and catchy soundtrack, the film instantly gives off an air of fun and enjoyment. Gunn does a masterful job in introducing the main characters of the film – Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) – allowing each of them enough space to connect and resonate with the audience. A fantastic effort by a director who will surely look to keep the spotlight on him in coming years.
Special effects in Guardians of the Galaxy naturally takes center stage, especially since two of the film's main characters – Rocket Racoon and Groot – are entirely computer-generated imaginations. How James Gunn's technical team has been able to give incredible life and spirit to both of these characters remains a wonder to me. They have done a superlative job in making sure viewers are unable to keep their eyes away from two of cinema's most charismatic and fascinating characters ever. Brilliant work.
Launching a brand new franchise was always going to be a daunting task. However, director James Gunn has passed with flying colors. He has delivered a motion picture that is not only for comic book fans, but one that any lover of cinema will surely enjoy. It deftly mixes drama, comedy, science-fiction, and action, resulting in a non-stop, two-hour roller-coaster ride that comes highly recommended for any film lover. An astonishing achievement.
- Chris Pratt (Peter Quill)
- Zoe Saldana (Gamora)
- Bradley Cooper (as the voice of Rocket Racoon)
- Vin Diesel (as the voice of Groot)
2 hours and 1 minute
Action / Adventure / Science-Fiction