Marvel does it again!

Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

Oh Marvel, I could get used to this.

I know I keep trying to stay away from cinematic bombast—big, big films that are empty, loud and a waste of time. But Marvel Studios just does big so wonderfully I am not able to resist.

They’ve just been coming out with heavy hitters one after the other. Every thing from the The Avengers onwards has been a real treat. Iron Man 3 was fast paced and funny and full of action. I thoroughly enjoyed The Dark World even without seeing the first Thor movie. And The Winter Soldier I felt was the best of an already awesome bunch.

Well they hit it out of the ballpark yet again with Guardians of the Galaxy. I left the cinema feeling happy and almost like a kid again!

Guardians is a space western with all sorts of rag tag characters—treasure and bounty hun-ters, megalo–maniacs, turn–coats, aliens, dealers, heroes reluctant and otherwise. Quests for mo–ney and venge–ance merge with saving the world.

I only heard of Guardians of the Galaxy after I saw 2012’s The Avengers when they teased a “Thanos” at the end.

The Guardians of the Galaxy movie has won over both readers of the comic (despite the changes they made) and those new to it. It is charming, funny, full of action and flawed, scarred, strange but lovable characters in the ensemble.

The website Comic Book Resources hits the nail on the head when it also says Star Lord’s “Awesome Mix” on the soundtrack is “at the heart” of the film. It’s collection of songs from the ‘70s that make you feel good, pumped or playful. Tracks include Blue Swede’s cover of “Hooked on a Feeling,” Elvin Bishop’s “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” 10cc’s “Come and Get Your Love,” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and Rupert Holmes’ “Pina Colada Song” (also used in the Walter Mitty soundtrack) are all on it.

While Chris Pratt is such a great Star Lord, Vin Diesel’s Groot (that tree like being) has won the hearts of fans—even if he just has a handful of words he says over and over again. My personal favorite is Rocket—raccoon/tactician/weapons expert, voiced by Bradley Cooper.

There’s so much to enjoy here. And while director James Gunn has just gotten the go-signal for the 2017 sequel, fans are waiting for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America 3 and so on.


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