Avengers Step Aside for the New Hit Team
By Lucia Rossi
To put it simply, Guardians of the Galaxy is like Star Wars meets Spaceballs. It is an epic galactic adventure that fills viewers of all ages with tears of joy, laughter and sorrow.
This new Marvel installment has been long awaited by fans since it was announced in 2012 San Diego Comic-Con by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. With a total worldwide gross of $313 million, the wait was well worth it.
The story of the Guardians begins with the charismatic human Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, played by Chris Pratt, who discovers more than he bargained for while on his bounty hunt for a mysterious and powerful orb. Ronan The Accuser, played by Lee Pace, is the main villain who plans on using the orb for an all-powerful and merciless takeover of the galaxy.
Along the way, Quill obtains some unlikely friends who fight by his side to save all the inhabitants of the planet Xandar. This band of misfits include: Rocket Raccoon the genius weapon engineer voiced by Bradley Cooper, Groot the innocent tree-like humanoid of few words voiced by Vin Diesel, Gamora the beautiful yet deadly green assassin played by Zoe Saldana, and Drax the Destroyer driven by revenge played by David Bautista.
Throughout the film, viewers are reminded how human Peter Quill is by the constant playing of his 26 year old Walkman in which he listens to music from the 70’s and the 80’s. Guardians has been continuously praised for its soundtrack through Star-Lord’s “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” cassette tape. Besides the trailer’s theme “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede, the film also plays hits such as “Come and Get your Love” by Redbone, “Go All the Way” by The Raspberries, “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes and “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways.
The film was fast paced but without plot holes and questions of character. Every minute of Guardians was enjoyable because of its diverse cast with their clashing personalities, tragic backgrounds, and loveable humor. What made the film such a success was that it could be relatable to anyone and people could connect to the strong acts of friendship and family rather than romance.
What is most commendable about each actor’s performance is all the sacrifices that were made for their roles. Chris Pratt lost 60lbs in six months for the role of Peter Quill, Karen Gillan shaved her head for the role of evil villain Nebula, Vin Diesel invoked Paul Walker’s death to help bring more emotion to his performance, and director James Gunn actually met with live raccoons for the film to get a better feeling for Rocket’s character. Their actions showed real dedication and their contributions made Guardians all the more merrier.
Before Marvel even knew how well the film would do, they announced at the end of the Guardians film that there will be a sequel. The return of the Guardians is scheduled to be released on July 28, 2017 with James Gunn who will write and direct again. Gunn admitted at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 that there is a possibility of an Avengers crossover in the next film. The fans can only hope.