Thursday, August 21, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

 by Nicole Richards-Sharpe

 How could I forget to write about the newest installment in the Marvel film Universe-Guardians of the Galaxy? It was on my mind but I never got a chance to jot down a few words. Since it’s never too late, here we go.

Now, I didn’t plan on watching Guardians of the Galaxy since I’m not familiar with the comic book story line.  As a result, the trailer looked weird to me.  I wasn’t expecting much but this is one time I was glad to be wrong. 
From beginning to end Guardians drew me in, from the heart wrenching opening scene when young Starlord’s mom (who bears an uncanny resemblance to Angelina Jolie) passes away, to the heart wrenching last scene when Groot sacrifices himself to save the team.  “We are Groot!” Still gives me goosebumps. Trees are our friends!

 Zoe Saldana traded the Avatar blue skin for green as Gamora and still rocked it well with great fighting moves.  Chris Pratt was the perfect casting as the wise-cracking, trouble-teasing Starlord and wrestler, David Bautista was made for the character Drax-big muscles, big heart and big vocabulary.  Vin Diesel was unrecognizable as the loving but tough Groot and the same can be said of Bradley Cooper’s voice as the badass genetically re-engineered raccoon, Rocket.  This is actually a plus for an actor to disappear into their character.  Of course it does help if the character is computer generated! 
Each part of the team was so well developed, it is near to impossible to imagine a character missing.  And the 80’s music that permeated the entire movie was a breath of fresh air, bringing back real music. Ah Nostalgia!  Guardians of the Galaxy is a light-hearted film packed with action and laughs and tear jerking moments-The complete package.  This was a great addition to the Marvel Universe film invasion and the best film I have seen for 2014 to date.  I can’t wait to see this colorful team interact with the Avengers.  It is going to be epic! So good I saw it twice!  If you haven’t seen it, check it out! (despite the spoiler moments above. Sorry J)

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