Who would have thought that a bunch of not-so-familiar characters would give the Marvel studios their most acclaimed movie? The trailers for this movie had given us a slight glimpse of the premise but the execution by the director made this movie one of the wittiest action movies I’ve ever seen. Kudos to James Gunn for providing us an awesomely entertaining action flick which is right now the only film released since 2013 to feature in the IMDb top 100 and it totally deserves it.
The film opens through a flashback sequence showing a young boy visiting his cancer-stricken mom in a hospital. This young boy is then abducted by a group of space pirates called Ravages. Fast forward 26 years and we see him as Quill aka Star Lord, stealing a silvery ball called orb which we would later see to contain power enough to destroy the entire galaxy. This is where we are introduced to the other ‘guardians’: Gamora, Rocket, and Groot. They are captured by the Nova Corps and here we are introduced to the last guardian, Drax. Thus begins their adventure to forge new bonds of friendship and save the galaxy along the way. The plot is as simple and straightforward as it can get. Nothing new or extraordinary happens in the storyline. So how does this film keep you intrigued till the very end? The answer lies in the subtle humour shown throughout the movie. The direction of the movie truly makes it one of the finest sci-fi action comedies.
The film features Chris Pratt as our lead human hero, Zoe Saldana as the green orphan alien, WWE superstar Batista as Drax, and Bradley Cooper voices the badass raccoon while Vin Diesel provides the voice and motion capture for Groot. The actors have done their job well. Now being set in a fictional galaxy where everyone goes planet hopping in their pursuit of the orb, the main emphasis is on the CGI. And it doesn’t fail us. The 3D action sequences fit in well with the storyline.
This has been my favourite movie of the year so far. Special mention of the Awesome Mixtape Vol. 1 giving the movie a great background score of classic retro pop songs ranging from David Bowie to Jackson 5. One of the songs will surely get stuck in your head, the “ouga ouga ouga chaka” being the top contender. And yes, don’t miss this movie. At 122 minutes, it is definitely worth your time and money. On a sidenote, to get a slight glimpse of the film-making genius of the director I would want you to take a look at one of his previous works called PG Porn. It is surely one of the funniest web series out there.