Guardians of the Galaxy Rocks!


Despite our fervent interest in everything X-Men, the films are not doing so well. Marvel continues to nurture a franchise that has thus far been relatively ailing, and any attempts at rehabilitation have largely resulted in half-hearted successes.

Guardians of the Galaxy may be following a particular pattern – expensive, summer, tent-pole production is a blockbuster – but it also represents a slight turn. Just as Captain America provided us with a new, refreshing angle on the SHIELD operations, with narrative tackling the rot from within, and by proxy exploring relevant contemporary cultural themes, so does Guardians of the Galaxy offer a new effort at presenting us with a bit of entertainment.

To be fair to Disney and Marvel (Disney owns Marvel since 2009 btw), I also had a blast watching John Carter: Princess of Mars, but apparently Americans were washing their hair that night and were just not in the mood.

Guardians of the Galaxy is about Peter, a boy who experiences the trauma and sadness of witnessing the death of his mother in the hospital. Running out of the hospital with tears in his eyes, Peter is whisked away by what appears to be an old fashioned UFO, while clutching onto his beloved Walkman tape deck.

We get to see Peter 20 years later, dancing through the caverns of an alien landscape, amongst remnants of an ancient civilisation long gone.

He dances. And he is cool. And he is the most lovable man on earth, also known as Chris Pratt. Of MouseRat fame. Yes, the one from Parks and Recreation.

The film quickly descends into madness, cuteness, friendship, adventure, defeating villains and saving the universe. And the soundtrack is excellent.

Peter, aka “Starlord” is paired with Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana, only in green, and they are joined by Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper, a genetically engineered racoon with a zesty personality, and wonderful Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel.

Guardians of the Galaxy is a remarkable success. It is by definition a fun film. The kind of fun we all want to see, but for some reason, don’t get to, despite the high ticket prices.