By Tony Pinto
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is a fun film that takes a lighter approach to the realm of superhero movies. It’s a welcome breath of fresh air in the usually serious superhero universe.
The movie is based on the Marvel comic of the same name. The often-neglected black sheep of the Marvel universe is finally getting its day in the spotlight.
With every movie Marvel touches blowing up, the hope for “Guardians of the Galaxy” is sky high, especially with a release date of 2017 already announced for the sequel.
The movie rockets us from a young boy’s earth-shattering experience at a hospital to the other side of the galaxy. That young boy becomes Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) or, as he likes to call himself, Star-Lord. Quill is raised by the infamous thief, Yondu (Michael Rooker), who leads him to become a thief. Not a good start for a so-called superhero.
Quill lands in prison where he befriends Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista). For various reasons, they all dislike a Kree terrorist named Ronan (Lee Pace), who is after a mysterious device Quill possesses. For their own selfish reasons, they strike up a temporary alliance.
When they find out that the galaxy is in trouble, they realize they need to put aside their selfish ideals and come together for the greater good of the galaxy.
Besides the stars, the film features the likes of John C. Reilly, Josh Brolin, Glenn Close and Benicio Del Toro. With what you could call an ensemble cast, the movie is lead by Chris Pratt of the TV show “Parks and Recreation.”
There are some misleading things about the cast — specifically with action star Vin Diesel — which may lead some to walk away slightly disappointed. Diesel plays an animated character that has only one, three-word phrase that is repeated throughout the film.
Last week you learned about former WWE superstar turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. This week, you get former WWE superstar Dave Bautista. In his first major acting role, he’s not as polished as The Rock, but he’s improved from his roles in "Riddick" and "The Man With the Iron Fists."
The real problems with the movie are the paper-thin script written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman. At 121 minutes, the story lacks depth. Yet, the film still works. Additionally, the movie is short on emotion.
This film is different than the other Marvel superhero releases. If you go in with a blank slate, you will be led on a wild ride that is funny and action packed. This is one superhero movie that is not serious.
If you’re looking for a film that a little family friendly (PG-13) that doesn’t take itself too serious “Guardians of the Galaxy” is for you.
Tony Pinto’s grade: A-