By Matt Barnard (Regina, Canada)
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The Giddiest Movie of the Year

Guardians of the Galaxy has the perfect mix between humour and action. There is very little to be sad about in this sci-fi thriller. This upbeat movie always has a witty line or an over- joyous song to keep the theme over flowingly happy. This movie is about a ragtag group of space criminals who come together and save the galaxy. Peter Quill started off watching out for only himself and doing odd jobs for high-tech space age ‘pawn shops’. Then, he came across a green woman named Gamora who stole his super expensive and powerful space orb. He soon came across the other three in the fight that ensued and then was sent to prison. The group of five friendly enemies escaped from prison, and tried to sell the orb to a galaxy-famous collector. A series of misadventures follows and the viewer is entertained as the group fights to save the galaxy from destruction.

The entire story was entertaining but the characters and how they resolved the conflict really made the movie. Each character added to the movie, even the tree who only said a few words. Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt, was the heroic main character who always had something to say about everything. He found a way to dance when a planet was about to be destroyed and he was one of the best-made characters and best acting job I have ever seen in a movie. Then there is Groot, the humanoid tree that only says ‘I am Groot’. He always perks up at the perfect moment and never fails to brighten the scene. Next is Rocket, a raccoon whose only friend is Groot. He always has a gun in his hand and is the most pessimistic of the group. Gamora, a bad girl turned half good is the only girl in the group. She is the best fighter and probably the smartest.

Last but definitely not least is Drax, the body builder who takes everything literally. He is basically so stupid that he is smart and so smart that he is stupid. These five form the Guardians of the Galaxy that eventually do, in fact, save the Galaxy. They do so by teaming up with NOVA, and using every available resource that they have. It comes down to a typical last stand battle in which some not very typical things happen: Peter Quill dances to distract a planet destroying lunatic, a tree dies, and four mortals defeat a nearly immortal monster. At the end, you figure out that Peter Quill’s dad is not exactly human, and that justice will be served in the end.

Acting is always a major component in determining how good the movie really is. The actors were perfectly thought out for each role in this movie. Whether it be the uptight space commander, the family man police guy or the sadistic bad guy. Although a lot of the characters are plastered with make up or made by CGI, they are still brilliantly played. As I said before, the humorous Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill and does an excellent job. Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, the green space lady that fights her way out of everything. Then, Dave Bautista who used to be a pro wrestler plays Drax. He plays his take-everything-literally role flawlessly. Next, Vin Diesel voices Groot, the three-word maniac. His gravelly voice made Groot seem even funnier and more expressive. And finally, Bradley Cooper voices Rocket, the gun-toting raccoon and his voice and tone was perfect for the part. The acting is always on point and throughout the whole movie you do not think it is an actor playing a part but instead you feel like they are real characters.

The whole movie takes place in outer space and it looked very realistic. Some movies look like the scenery is fake, but in this movie you feel like it was filmed in outer space. The music also helped to contribute to the humorous and joyous theme. All of the songs they played in the movie were cheerful songs from the 1980’s that had an upbeat tempo and feel. For example, songs like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “The Pina Colada Song” made the dancing scenes even more energetic and festive.

Overall, this was one of the best movies of the year with all of its hilarious one-liners and inspirational scenes laced with humour. Similar to many movies, the end was by far the best part. It was mind-blowingly put together in a way that the viewers don’t expect. The fun atmosphere makes the characters impossible to dislike. Therefore, people watching the movie find themselves cheering for the unlikely heroes right to the end.

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