There was a time when the little red Marvel logo on a film poster inspired feelings of childlike wonder and excitement in even the average filmgoer. Unfortunately, as of late, the once reliable publishing company has churned out a spate of sub-par, kitsch, forgettable blockbusters that have paled in comparison with their predecessors.
Guardians of the Galaxy, however, has completely (and thankfully) put a stop to this trend. It’s an origins tale of the adventures of Peter Quill, a human kidnapped from his home planet Earth and thrust into a new life of interstellar thievery. Upon obtaining a mysterious and coveted orb as part of a lucrative deal with an alien jeweller, he is attacked by an unlikely group of bounty hunters: a mutant raccoon, a tree-man and an oddly attractive bright green spacewoman… and thus, the Guardians of the Galaxy are born.
It’s the breath of fresh air Marvel needed to recover from its recent stagnancy and the surprising amount of belly laughs are enough to win over even the most superhero-weary of viewers.
Guardians of the Galaxy | Directed by James Gunn (USA 2014) with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Benicio Del Toro. Starts August 28
Originally published in issue #130, September 2014.