By Craig Singleton (Wigan, England)
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“Ooh child, things are gonna get easier, ooh…” If you don’t understand why that is funny then you have to see this film. Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest Marvel Studios installment (a risky one before its release) which sees Peter Quill/Star-Lord, who?! He steals an orb that everybody wants because of the power within it, so the film basically travels around the galaxy with Peter and some interesting to say, people to help keep hold of it. Ronan, the villain (could’ve come up with a scarier name than that) wants the orb so he can destroy the world.

Okay the plot aside, I was really looking forward to this film because it would be my first IMAX experience even though it was digital IMAX which is nowhere near the quality of 70mm IMAX. Note; 70mm IMAX records at 18K, whereas digital IMAX has a camera negative of 8.7K. A big difference. It still looked better than seeing a standard film though, so I’m not moaning that much.

This film has such characterization and development. Almost everybody in the blockbuster makes an impact. The Guardians are like the outcasts compared to The Avengers in the MCU, but they were written so boldly with not one being a weak-link. Justice League take note… you don’t need origin stories. Guardians just gets straight into their own film, doesn’t need a setup. The film is funny, really funny throughout. It’s my funniest film of the year so far even though it’s not actually a comedy.

I thought Chris Pratt was going to be an annoying lead, but… he knocked it out of the park. He was funny, he was stupid at times and actually charming, yes! Rocket was brilliant. What Bradley Cooper did with his voice was magic. Groot! Even though he said the same line throughout, he was such a strong character. Zoe Saldana’s Gamora was likeable and kicked arse. Dave Bautista as Drax was the real surprise though for me. He’s not a great actor but, it the part looks tailor made for him. He had some of the best lines, his timing was near perfect and he kicked arse too, obviously!

If it’s one thing the film needs, it’s great visuals effects. It has some great ones with great action scenes as well. A few things admittedly did look fresh off a computer, but for the most part nice. It’s hard to believe that nearly all of filming took place in a studio in London. Kinda ruins the magic of it a bit, don’t it? Moving on.

The plot is quite simple enough, but the characters and what they do just carry it with gusto (never used that word before). The only disappointments of the film I have are that the character of Ronan was very one dimensional, however it does set itself up well for Josh Brolin’s Thanos. Also some big name actors like Glenn Close and John C. Reilly were underused.

Apart from that I loved this film. It was funny, high energy, exciting. Everything you want a summer hit to be. My score is 90%. Lowest mark for acting, highest mark for characters.

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