'Guardians of the Galaxy' is out of this world
El Paso, TX — [Editor's Note: Felipa Solis' film reviews appear special to NewsChannel 9]
It's August... hard to believe that it's August, which means in the film world, the hype and bells and whistles for big box office is beginning to wane. Naturally when I saw there was yet another Marvel Comic book turned late Summer film, I was ready for another big nap in 2-D. "Guardians of the Galaxy," is one of the most entertaining films I have seen all summer and in quite some time.
The film is conceived and directed by James Gunn, who has literally directed video games, written "Scooby Doo," screenplays and in his youth, directed 8mm Zombie films. He brought this project " out of the box" completely, because the underlying theme to this film is charm and humility.
Naturally, my "ho-hum" attitude was developed reading the film's synopsis. An American young man is whisked off to space as a boy in the 1980's and becomes an inter-galaxy fighter pilot. Alas the forces must save the planets from the villainous Ronan who could control it all with the power of an "orb." Okay... and all of that worked so beautifully... and here's why...
Again, the charm factor. A very unknown actor named Chris Pratt was cast as Peter Quill, the ultimate protagonist, who finds the orb and is set to save the space galaxies from further evil conquests. It was a brilliant move to cast someone unfamiliar, who is not "that guy," but instead is vulnerable and despite his flaws ( like in the original Ironman), saves the day. The cast including Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly and an unrecognizable Josh Brolin is incredible. With such a great screenplay, a perfect 1970's soundtrack and hilarious '80's references, who could say no to this project? Bradley Cooper, who always seems to say "yes," to success on the screen, lends his voice to "Rocket" the Raccoon, a little warrior who joins Peter's unlikely cast of Guardians, destined to save it all. His side-kick is "Groot," a plant like creature and his voice is Vin Diesel's, and they are simply superb together. Zoe Saldana is both again, charming and tough as the daughter of a Galaxy Emperor, and even WCW's champion Dave Bautista pulls it off. You cannot help but love this motley crew.
There are touching poignant moments, reminiscent of E.T. whereby the tears will flow. There is almost a hint of a feel of early Spielberg and George Lucas, who clearly inspired the director. I found myself sitting for exactly two hours with an ear to ear grin, until I had to find the Kleenex.
As for the kids, the effects are grandiose but I almost feel like the director is playing to the adults in the audience, and to the "kid" inside of us. I'm not necessarily a fan of sequels, but I will say that there is a sequel promised at the end, and frankly, I really can't wait.