Just when you thought that the US blockbuster summer run was over, Guardians of the Galaxy comes rocketing into cinemas to prove that the well of comic book adaptations has more to offer than painstakingly overplayed fight scenes, mind-numbing special effects, and the exploitation of J-Law and Emma Stone–although, we must admit that we’re (sometimes) suckers for this foolish formula.
Some might be quick to dismiss GOTG as just another Marvel movie, where it-actors are corralled to dole out subpar thespian skills amidst stellar CG. Early reviews of the movie, however, have been bursting with enthusiasm about the interstellar troop’s capacity to entertain beyond the norms of traditional comic book movie fare.
IGN’s Daniel Krupa praised it, saying that there’s “a genuine swagger about the whole film. It exudes charm and confidence throughout, and is flippant in all the best possible ways.” Scott Foundas of Variety took pleasure from its unconventional spin on superhero tropes: “The adventures here comprise a fairly standard set of Saturday-serial cliffhangers and hairsbreadth escapes, and Gunn (James Gunn, the director) puts them across with a B-movie savoir faire that keeps Guardians from ever getting too high on the hog or too bogged down in its own mythmaking.”
It sounds like this one is a risk taker in the truest sense. And any time an oversaturated genre is injected with new life is cause for celebration. So here are more reasons why GOTG isn’t just some conked-out comic flick!
FREAKS AND FIENDS
If the Marvel universe existed in a high school setting, then The Avengers would probably be the popular A-group. Captain America would be the star quarterback, Thor the meathead campus heartthrob, and Black Widow the resident heart- (and bone-) breaker. The GOTG, on the other hand, are the low-rank offbeats, which gives them their rebellious appeal.
Think geeky stoners and pasaway principal’s office regulars. Unlike their more god-like counterparts, these guys are flawed, funny, and freakin’ awesome. Led by half-human, half-alien Peter Quill (Chris Pratt, who is garnering quite the buzz for his performance)–commonly known as “Star Lord”–they set out to stop interstellar baddie Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) from destroying the planet Xandar.
Rounding out the band of bona fide misfits are…
A TALKING RACOON, A GANGLY TREE, AND A TATTOOED WRESTLER? SERIOUSLY?
Yes, and if you haven’t seen the hilarious trailer yet, these are the galaxy’s supposed defenders. Rocket, a genetically mutated raccoon who walks and talks with the wit of a standup comedian (Bradley Cooper); Groot, an oversized celery stick (Vin Diesel); and Drax the Destroyer (Dave “Batista” Bautista), the inked vengeful warrior whose juiced-up body is a sight that instantly intimidates.
The quirky mix is a recipe for comedy and chaos. And for some extraterrestrial eye candy, there’s got to be at least one…
And her name is Gamora. Played by the deliciously lithe Zoe Saldana, star of other outer space hits such as Avatar and Star Trek, the alien orphan is a personal assassin trained by the mighty Thanos. This green-skinned temptress is sure to have fanboys fapping to her otherworldly killing skills and fatally ferocious bod.