“Guardians of the Galaxy” Review

9.5 Overall Score
Story: 9/10
Characters: 9/10
Writing: 8/10

A bad-ass raccoon | We are all Groot

What are we doing with Thanos? | The after credit scene?

Now Dark Knight trilogy aside, Marvel has been kicking DC’s collective ass with it’s “phase” initiative on the big screen. With this new phase, we are seeing a lot more introspective type superhero movies (a la Iron Man 3, Captain America 2). There are real instances of danger and consequences afoot especially in result of the events of the last Avengers movie. Guardians of the Galaxy is a well made space rodeo that encompasses all facets of emotion well. It may have a LOT to take in, but Marvel has laid down some ground work for future sequels and (hopefully) tie-ins with other Marvel characters in the future. I’ve been searching to make my own “Awesome Mix part 1” all week.

I’ve been watching James Gunn movies since Slither and Super, but I wasn’t sure how he would translate to taking a relatively unknown franchise. Happily, he takes our heroes and makes them familiar even though a small percentage of comic book brethren may know who they are. Gunn also takes many emotions and themes and gives you enough to feel them all. That’s hard given the vast source material and two hour plus time frame, but it’s a shining moment.


Our story follows Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) otherwise known as Star-Lord who tries to steal a strange gem that he doesn’t understand the immense power it holds (and possible ramifications down the road). This leads him to be a target around the galaxy, especially with Gamora (Zoe Saldana) the adopted daughter of ultimate bad guy Thanos. The twosome of Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) are after it as well and a funny scuffle between all four land them in jail. Here, they formulate how to break out with the help of Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) who has a revenge factor and here we have our guardians.

Chris Pratt kills the role ranging from the comedic emotion to the sadness that overcomes him reflecting on losing his mom. You get the sense a real, conflicted leader. Another pleasant surprise was the acting of Dave Bautista as Drax who is almost a gentle giant that speaks in metaphors. This came off really well in the movie and gave his “brute” character an extra dimension. Bradley Cooper voicing Rocket Raccoon was hilarious and who would have thought repeating a phase as simple as “I Am Groot” in different inflections would resonate so well (Well done, Vin). Each character has their own set of problems and issues that are portrayed in a way to which the viewer can really care about them. The visuals of the movie are gorgeous and gives you that space rodeo feel. I’ve heard the “Star Wars” comparisons, but I would liken this movie more to Indiana Jones.

My issue with the movie is kind of my beef with Marvel movies to begin with – a weak bad guy! We get a glimpse of Thanos (Josh Brolin), but we still don’t know what his purpose is or when he is going to ultimately mess things up for the whole universe. There have been remnants of the infinity gauntlet through all these movies and eventually, we need to know why it’s SO IMPORTANT. Also, with the brief screen time that Thanos had, it almost rendered Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) useless for me. In the comics, he is a real bad-ass evil villain, but other than a couple fight scenes, we never really get that sense. Maybe, just maybe this isn’t the last that we will see of him (hehehe). Nebula (Karen Gillan) makes good use of her screen time and will be back for future sequels. Hopefully, she gets to do the things that she was meant to do.

Marvel does it again! As a DC fan boy, I feel like I’ve gotten punched in the gut repeatedly, but you can’t deny good. I’m interested to see where the story in the sequel will lead us and also, if there are any crossover in the Marvel universe. Now, go see the movie!


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Author: Murjani Rawls View all posts by
Journalist, Self-published author of five books, podcast host, and photographer since 2014, Murjani Rawls has been stretching the capabilities of his creativity and passions, Rawls has as a portfolio spanning through many mediums including music, television, movies, and more. Operating out of the New York area, Rawls has photographed over 200+ artists spanning many genres, written over 700 articles ranging displaying his passionate aspirations to keep evolving as his years in media continue.

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