I almost titled this review “Everything Is Awesome With Chris Pratt In It,” because that’s what I’m seeing between NBC’s Parks and Recreation and this spring’s The Lego Movie. Guardians of the Galaxy is no exception in this area. The film’s zaniness and wit makes it the strongest summer of the year, and while that may not be saying a lot in terms of this year’s summer blockbusters – Guardians delivers far more than even the fans with the highest expectations could have hoped for.
It’s not Iron Man or Captain America, yet it’s equally as entertaining with a lot more heart. The script is solid but the real stars here are the cast. While Chris Pratt owns the role of Peter Quill/Star Lord, the movie is truly stolen by Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). Their comedic pairing transcends cute and creates the film’s most memorable and comical moments. When “I am Groot,” is the only line your character has – and your character steals the show – you’ve done something right.
If you’re a TV geek like me, the slew of names in this flick should excite you. From Pushing Daisies‘s Lee Pace as the villain Ronan, to Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan and of course – we can’t forget The Walking Dead‘s Michael Rooker. The cast of villains is a strong compliment of awesomeness to the main cast. Not to mention a TV fan’s dream cast.
Guardians of the Galaxy Official Description
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where 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 and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy is my pick for best film of summer 2014. It’s the perfect blend of comedy and action – and Chris Pratt isn’t too shabby to look at either. Director and writer James Gunn will be back for the film’s sequel in 2017, so my expectations are staying raised for the next installment.