The Bailey Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014)
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team--the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, 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 Quill 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, which first appeared in comic books in MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector.
James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige producing, and Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Alan Fine and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn, with screenplay by James Gunn. Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.
In addition to "Guardians of the Galaxy," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" on April 4, 2014; "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on May 1, 2015; and "Ant-Man" on July 31, 2015.
Marvel Studios has established itself as a powerhouse in the market. Whether you're a comic book fan or not, the movies themselves are made at such a high level of expertise that you can't help but be a fan of at least one film. Captain America: The Winter Soldier raised the bar with it's intellectual story, espionage thriller approach, and the best hand-to-hand combat of any Marvel film to date. That really put the pressure on Guardians of the Galaxy to deliver, and it did...some of the time.
This film is a Western at heart, which I approve of. It's also presented as the most comedic of any Marvel film, which is a good and bad thing. It is funny, even if a lot of it plays to the sensibility of what kids will enjoy, but when there's so much humor, some of the more adult elements don't seem to have much weight. Ronan the Accuser would be terrifying in a different film. However, he's playing second fiddle to the comedic moments in this one. That's clearly the genre writer/director James Gunn wanted this to exist in, and it does work. I'm just curious to see how it comes into play in later films in the franchise when the Avengers and Guardians begin to cross over into each others worlds in a bigger way. I hope the films don't sacrifice true empathetic moments for humor each time. I'm willing to let it slide for this film, since it mostly exists in its own universe.
2. Iron Man
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
4. Thor: The Dark World
5. Guardians of the Galaxy
6. Iron Man 3
8. The Incredible Hulk
9. Captain America: The First Avenger
10. Iron Man 2
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