Movie review – Guardians of the Galaxy: Interstellar heroes

2014-08-03 15:00

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Film: Guardians of the Galaxy

Director: JamesGunn

Featuring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin ­Diesel, Lee Pace, Dave Bautista and BradleyCooper

In a galaxy far, far away, a man stands with a woman staring out across Knowhere as he tells her about a hero called Kevin Bacon in a legendary story called Footloose. He then lets her listen to his ­Walkman (circa mid-1980s).

He’s Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), a vagabond on the run from jail. She’s Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a deadly ­assassin.

Their motley crew includes a ­genetically tangled talking raccoon called Rocket (BradleyCooper); a walking tree, Groot (Vin Diesel); and a fury-fuelled tattooed guy, Drax (Dave Bautista). None of them is ­interested in saving anything – least of all the galaxy. But the genocidal tendencies of Ronan (Lee Pace), who dresses like a Gregorian monk and has the make-up predilections of a Sith Warrior, get their attention.

This Marvel comic made its debut in 1969 and is about a crew who are all the last of their species. This is a bit depressing for the rest of us earthlings, but the film’s scriptwriters keep it upbeat and funny.

It all begins when Quill finds an ancient artefact that should fetch a good price on the black market, but it turns out to be just what Ronan is looking for to destroy Nova Prime’s (Glenn Close) Utopian ­planet and the peace treaty that ­created it.

Saldana is making a name for herself as the intergalactic go-to girl for space adventures, and Pratt was last set loose on the universe as the voice of Emmet in The Lego Movie.

Brewing somewhere out there is a mashup between the Asgardians and the Guardians. We can only hope. There’s nothing quite like a really cool new blockbuster to take the edge off real life.

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