Goofball of a superhero perfect medicine
MOVIE REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy (M). Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper; directed by James Gunn
OPINION: Marvel has delivered what the world has always needed - a dancing goofball of a superhero.
In Guardians of the Galaxy we meet Peter Quill, or Star Lord, a name he is so desperate for the universe to know him as.
The film begins with a young Quill, his feet planted firmly on Earth, sitting in the hospital trying to block out the world with his Walkman.
Quill is mysteriously abducted and taken into space and the film heads 20 years into the future.
There we meet an adult Quill, played by Chris Pratt, and this is where Marvel shows off its expertise with its 10th film of the franchise.
They know how to make a superhero people love.
Aided by his trusty Walkman, playing Awesome Mix Vol. 1 which is packed with songs from the 1970s and '80s, Quill brings a goofiness and humour which the other Marvel films hadn't delved into.
And of course, the obligatory six-pack their leading men are known to have.
Along the way Quill meets the rest of the Guardians and forms an uneasy alliance with them.
Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana, a green-skinned assassin, is the female lead this franchise needed. Marvel gave us a taste of a female lead in Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow but she ended up being more eye candy than assassin.
Groot, an animated humanoid tree, played by Vin Diesel, who is perhaps the most emotionally evoking character, even with the smallest vocabulary.
Drax the angry and hulk-like alien played by former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista.
And Rocket, a genetically mutated gun-toting raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper.
The film pays homage to the great space films before it, notably Star Wars, and playfully navigates our new rag-tag bunch of heroes through a fight to save the universe.
Marvel has done it again, as their franchise continues to grow they are taking more risks and bringing a fun and playful element some of the previous films were missing.
The casting, the soundtrack and writing were all superb it's hard to fault this film.
You'll spend almost the entire film laughing and then you'll go home, download Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and listen to it on repeat.
- The Southland Times