Guardians of the Galaxy
Kevin Feige, Victoria Alonso (executive), Louis D'Esposito (executive), Alan Fine (executive), Nikolas Korda (executive), Jeremy Latcham (executive), Stan Lee (executive) for Marvel Comics/Walt Disney Productions
directed by James Gunn
starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel (voice), Bradley Cooper (voice), Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Haddock, Sean Gunn, Peter Serafinowicz, Christopher Fairbank, Krystian Godlewski, Wyatt Oleff, Gregg Henry, Janis Ahern, Solomon Mousley, Lindsay Morton, Robert Firth, Melia Kreiling, Tom Proctor, Nick Holmes, Max Wrottesley, Stan Lee, Nicole Alexandra Shipley, Sharif Atkins, Brendan Fehr, Tomas Arana, Mikaela Hoover, Emmett J Scanlan, Dominic Grant, Spencer Wilding, Alison Lintott, Alexis Rodney, Nathan Fillion (voice), Keeley Forsyth, Frank Gilhooley, Alexis Denisof, Enzo Cilenti, Richard Katz, Enoch Frost, Ronan Summers, Ophelia Lovibond, Laura Ortiz, Marama Corlett, Stephen Blackehart
written by James Gunn, Nicole Perlman, based on the comicbook by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, published by Marvel Comics, music by Tyler Bates
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Somewhere in the universe: All masterthief Peter Quill a.k.a. Star Lord
(Chris Pratt), master thief, planned to do was to steal a certain orb and
sell it to a potential buyer ... but then the buyer calls off the deal
since the orb has attracted the interest of intergalactic dark overlord
Ronan (Lee Price) and thus spells danger - and before Quill knows it, he
has a group of associates - Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Ronan's erstwhile
assassin who wants revenge on him, Drax (Dave Bautista), who wanted to
kill Gamora to hurt Ronan but now wants to kill Ronan to hurt him, the
racoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and the tree Groot (voiced by Vin
Diesel) -, and they are all thrown into a jail-rocketship ... but do
manage to escape thanks to a messed up plan by Rocket, that works by
accident rather than by design.
Learning about the destructive power of
the orb, Quill and company decide to deliver it to the leader of Nova
Prime (Glenn Close) to keep it out of the hands of Ronan - but Ronan is
very determined to get the thing, and he's also one who doesn't like to be
killed, so he brings a large army with him, plus a special foe for Gamora,
her assassin sister Nebula (Karen Gillan). But Quill and company have a
plan - perhaps not a very good one, but ... well, it ends happily of
Adapting the comicbook Guardians of the Galaxy
for the big screen and handing over the directing reigns to James Gunn
sounded like one big gamble: For one as Guardians of the Galaxy
is one of the lesser known Marvel
comics, and then director Gunn has so far been known for his efforts for Troma,
his biting superhero satire Super,
and of course his webseries PG Porn - so hardly someone
who's perfect mainstream material, but one who likes to be subversive.
Plus, he has never handled a big budget movie before. And in a way, James
Gunn doesn't disappoint here, he hasn't lost his edge because money's
thrown at him, he refuses to deliver a straight forward space opera and
instead fills the movie with eccentric characters, over-the-top creations,
many a sight gag even in the most exciting of action scenes, a general
tongue-in-cheek approach, all wrapped in all-around craziness ... and it
works like a charm, Guardians of the Galaxy is an extremely
entertaining movie with plenty of action but even more laughs that stays
clear of being moronic and also avoids most comicbook adaptation clichés
or tackles them only fleetingly (like the totally superfluous origin story
that takes up next to no screentime) - and the gamble paid off, too, doing
very well at the box office, showing quite a bit of staying power, and
generating the need for a sequel with Gunn at the whelm. And if whit might
not be saying anything else, it at least proves there is room for
subversiveness in mainstream cinema, something Hollywood normally tries to
shun like rabies.
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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