DEVLIN712 Reviews GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; Marvel's Best Film Yet?

Does Guardians Of The Galaxy, the most ambitious comic book movie since Iron Man, stand its ground against this year's fierce competition? Hit the jump to check out DEVLIN712's spoiler free review and why Ronan might be better suited to a job at the local DMV!

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By DEVLIN712 - 7/31/2014

Jaws hit the floor all over ComicBookMovie.com (and not to mention the internet as a whole) back in 2012 when Feige announced that Marvel's 2014 summer film would bring their most obscure team to the big screen. But as is the typical Marvel Studios fashion, with each of the seemingly endless teasers the film's hype continued to grow and grow. And now that the first of Marvel's big screen risks has hit cinemas, has the hype held up? Read on to find out whether or not Marvel's space opera extraordinaire will hit the big time or crash and burn!

What's the best part about Guardians Of The Galaxy? In short, it's a fun and enjoyable film that will extend Marvel's reach in the market. If Marvel can manage to pull of a film featuring a talking Raccoon and tree, featuring songs that are older than most of the film's audience, then they can do just about anything; not only is this great for Marvel, it should show studios that if you pitch it right, the general audience will buy into just about anything, opening up unlimited possibilities for future films in the genre and breathing new life into the hope that someday fan favorites such as the human rocket, Nova, will make it to Hollywood.

To help bring the galaxy's most obscure group of characters to the general audience the studio have picked the newer of the team's ensembles (with the exception of Iron Man) and as per usual Marvel's creative team have picked a five star cast to give the five main character's life. Just as Robert Downey Jr. was born to play Tony Stark, after watching Guardians Of The Galaxy all his former roles are forgotten: Chris Pratt is Star-Lord. He manages to show the hero's flaws better than anyone before him in the MCU, turning Quill into a relatable hero while keeping all of his comic book counterpart's charm. Zoe Saldana makes a killer assassin (with a laundry list of character defects) lovable and badass protagonist. The Star Trek star serves up an incredible performance, conveying Gamora's black and white sense of justice perfectly. She (like Black Widow) provides a welcoming and well needed change to female's roles in comic book films.
The Hangover's Bradley Cooper only improves on the already stellar cast, delivering Rocket's lines to near perfection and providing some of the film's better comedic scenes. While Vin Diesel, voicing Rocket's companion, does little but add some star power to the movie, it's impossible not to love the incredibly animated Groot.

But no film is perfect, right? So where could Guardians Of The Galaxy have improved? Well, it all starts with Marvel's most enduring weakness: Antagonists. The film does well to avoid the overcrowding problem that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fell victim to, it once again gives us an underdeveloped villain with weaker motives than Thor: The Dark World's Malekith. When push comes to shove, Ronan is nothing more than a Kree with a severe hate on for the new peace treaty, going so far as to destroy the entire galaxy because of it. Maybe in another life Ronan could have found a job in Hala's nearest DMV, sociopath like himself would fit right in....

Marvel hit the ball out of the park when it came to casting the Guardians, but the film's supporting cast is... terrible (to put it lightly). Casting Step Brothers star John C. Reilly as the Nova's Rhomann Dey might be the worst decision Marvel executives have made. Dey could have been a brilliant hero fighting alongside the Guardians in the lead up to a Nova film but instead is used for cheap (and often weak) jokes, turning a character who could have wielded the Nova Prime title into an overweight and under achieving beat cop.

Michael Rooker's Yondu could have (and probably should have) had a larger part to play in the film but instead was relegated to a role that fails to be either interesting or needed for the film's plot to progress. Rather than be part of the action Yondu prefers to turn up after the proceedings and complain.

And remember when we were promised an after credits scene that would bring us "pure joy"? Unfortunately, if you weren't a fan of Stark and Banner's heart to heart at the end of Iron Man's third outing, you might not be too impressed with what Marvel have to offer this time around. That said, it does give us one of the MCU's greatest cameos to date.

Some fans may be disappointed that rumored characters such as Richard Rider and Adam Warlock are nowhere to be found, however Guardians still sets up a vast and varied cosmic playground for Marvel to stomp through in years to come.

Ultimately, there are two ways to watch Guardians Of The Galaxy: you can go in looking for an immediate expansion of the Marvel cosmic universe that is nowhere to be found and will end up missing out on the experience the film offers up. Go to watch Guardians for an excellent romp in space that is both a great film and great fun. It might not be the best comic book movie of the year but it's certainly the most fun since The Avengers!

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand - with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is presented by Marvel Studios and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gilian, Djimon Hounsou with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Commander Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film opens August 1, 2014.

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staypuffed - 7/31/2014, 5:02 PM
I thought it was fantastic. I had an absolute blast.
and that post-credits scene was unbelievable! I was in a business screening and there were people screaming and losing their minds.
Pasto - 7/31/2014, 5:02 PM
4 stars? Thats it?

I expected more from you Ray.
DEVLIN712 - 7/31/2014, 5:04 PM
@staypuffed
Opening night at my local theater is usually just the comic book fans so the entire audience knew who [SPOILER] was. Everyone loved it!
SpiderFraud - 7/31/2014, 5:05 PM
Great review.

My friend is gonna lose his sh*t when he sees the after-credit scene.
staypuffed - 7/31/2014, 5:08 PM
@DEVLIN712
My friend and I were joking that they should get a solo movie. I mean, it's hard to be worse than what we already got...
staypuffed - 7/31/2014, 5:08 PM
oh, and thumbs up!
Pasto - 7/31/2014, 5:09 PM
I did a review for Sharknado 2.

But no one asks about that...
SuperCat - 7/31/2014, 5:11 PM
Good stuff, @ DEVLIN. Seeing it on Saturday :)
DEVLIN712 - 7/31/2014, 5:15 PM
@Pasto
In fairness, your review deserves a Pulitzer's prize
Pasto - 7/31/2014, 5:18 PM
@DEV
Thats why I love you Dev.
koolaidbag - 7/31/2014, 5:18 PM
Gonna wait for my check :(....hope I don't see any spoilers before Monday.
Desrow - 7/31/2014, 5:20 PM
I give this movie 3.5 stars, fun... but that's it, like I said before Gamora vs Nebula it's on of the highlights of the movie and Thanos looks weird to me.
RorMachine - 7/31/2014, 5:32 PM
Reilly was cast as the "overweight beat cop" for a very specific reason. Not every character can be the muscle bound, handsome, capable superhero. His character was there to represent the every-man, and to put that face on the conflict. I thought he was awesome, as was Yondu.
Vadakin - 7/31/2014, 5:32 PM
The post credits scene is the best of all the Marvel movies. It's not like Sam Jackson showing up at the end of Iron Man or the Thanos reveal in Avengers but it is pretty damn awesome in its own way.
Amazing512 - 7/31/2014, 5:33 PM
Big surprise. Des row didn't like something hahahahah
UltimateTypeface - 7/31/2014, 5:34 PM
Wait did you like Groot or hate??


..."it's impossible not to hate the incredibly animated Groot"

DEVLIN712 - 7/31/2014, 5:40 PM
@UltimateTypeface
I loved him, I guess my Irish vocabulary got in the way of making sense.
DoubleD - 7/31/2014, 5:44 PM
Box office mojo

Forecast (Aug. 1-3)
1. Guardians of the Galaxy - $82 million
2. Lucy - $18.9 million (-57%)
3. Get on Up - $15.5 million
4. Hercules - $14 million (-53%)
5. Dawn/Apes - $9.6 million (-43%)
NovaCorpsFan - 7/31/2014, 5:45 PM
I loved Lee Pace's performance as Ronan, he was menacing and everything but I agree he could've been more developed than that.
DoubleD - 7/31/2014, 5:45 PM
125 million is my quess
TheAbaryMan369 - 7/31/2014, 5:51 PM
One question @DEVLIN712....


Does Nebula and Gamora have a lesbian sex scene as Thanos and Ronan watch in amusement?
DoubleD - 7/31/2014, 5:55 PM
Rotten Tomatoes 90%
dcnoob122 - 7/31/2014, 5:55 PM
where is SSSSATURDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!
staypuffed - 7/31/2014, 5:56 PM
I liked John C. Reilly, he was fine, but I didn't like Yondu at all.
BlackBolt72 - 7/31/2014, 6:10 PM
And so it is....soo ready.
marvel72 - 7/31/2014, 6:16 PM
the movie has been getting very positive reviews,i loved the movie.it'll be interesting to see how much money it makes.if it does well expect fox to announce a silver surfer movie & warner may even move forward with the much needed green lantern reboot.
Battabing - 7/31/2014, 6:25 PM
Marvel, please take a page out of DC's playbook when it comes to villains. Zod, Joker, Ras Al Ghul, Two-Face, Bane were all great antagonists that pushed the hero and had great motives. The only good villain Marvel has had has been Loki and he's not all that great, either.

This movie NEEDS to do well so I can get my GL reboot and New Gods movies!!

Go Guardians!!

LeroyJenkins - 7/31/2014, 6:36 PM
So is there one or two credit scenes?
marvel72 - 7/31/2014, 6:37 PM
marvel may fail with their villains but they get their heroes pretty much spot on.
MisterNiceGuy - 7/31/2014, 6:43 PM
Amazing film. Haven't had that much fun in a movie in forever
MisterNiceGuy - 7/31/2014, 6:43 PM
#2 marvel movie. Right behind TWS
MisterNiceGuy - 7/31/2014, 6:44 PM
[frick] the avengers
dannramm113 - 7/31/2014, 6:49 PM
You didn't mention drax... Lol. And John c Riley isn't an all comedy actor. He has done serious roles (the aviator). That being said, haven't watched, probably will skip, but who knows
alecwright - 7/31/2014, 6:50 PM
Marvel studios is going to have to borrow a villain from Fox, because I'm afraid most of the quality Marvel (comics) villains belong to them.
phenomenon313 - 7/31/2014, 6:53 PM
Fun summer movie. Not better than TWS though.
PietroMaximoff - 7/31/2014, 6:59 PM
I hated the post-credit scene. I was talking with my buddy about what it could be before the credits finished rolling.
"I'm thinking it could be about Thanos and his plans. Maybe something Asgard related. I'd love an Avengers teaser. Just as lomg as it's nothing like the Iron Man 3 post-credit scene. I want some progression."

In short, shoot me in the [frick]ing head. Beat me up all you want, dumbest cameo of the dumbest character.
MrCBM56 - 7/31/2014, 7:09 PM
The movie was awesome! Great review @DEVILIN712

SPOILERS


When Groot said "WE ARE GROOT!", do you think he said "We are the Guardians of the Galaxy"? I think he did. But that's part of the fun, we can interpret that comment different ways.
Ramiel - 7/31/2014, 7:09 PM
Fun movie. Loved it! 4/5 stars.
MrBlackjack - 7/31/2014, 7:12 PM
I've still got a couple days to go before I can see it, and then a couple weeks after that is when I'll actually finish my review :P. Nice review Dev!
ALmazing - 7/31/2014, 7:14 PM
I just came back from watching Guardians, my take on it is what do you get if you mix Heavy Metal(the movie), Space balls and Marvel? You get one of the most unique movies will see in your life. Freaking amazing! Loved it, Loved it!

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