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Marvel's 1st action-comedy with fantastic music to boot
Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2019
The Guardians of the Galaxy would be a first for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it was an action comedy. This would later be taken up by the Ant Man series, but this was the first of its kind.
It also featured James Gunn as director and co-writer. That was an interesting choice because he’d mostly been known for horror movies like the fantastic Slither. He and Nicole Perlman, his writing partner created a great cast of characters and a story featuring the creation of the Guardians of the Galaxy, their nemesis Ronan the Accuser from the Kree world, and brought Thanos more into the MCU by introducing his two daughters Gamora and Nebula.
The movie would also be notable because it featured an amazing soundtrack of songs mostly from the 1970s. This was also a first. That was apparent right from the start when Peter Quill lands on the planet Morag to steal an Infinity Stone and starts singing along to Come and Get Your Love by Redbone. The song has an infectious beat and a singalong chorus that immediately caught the audience’s attention. That would be followed by hit after hit Like the Five Stairsteps’ O-o-h Child at the climax of the battle with Ronan.
Anyway, the story focuses upon Ronan working for Thanos to recover an Infinity Stone. That goes wrong right off the bat when Quill steals it. Thanos’ daughter Gamora is then sent to recover it. Quill is in trouble as well as he double crosses his own group the Reavers, which brings in Rocket and Groot who are bounty hunters. They all get thrown in prison where they meet Drax the Destroyer. Together they form the Guardians who want to thwart Ronan and Thanos’ plans for the Infinity Stone. They go from planet to planet introducing new characters like the Collector and new world’s such as Xandar the home of the Nova Corps, which are all famous from Marvel comics.
There’s plenty of action such as the huge battle at the end versus Ronan, as well as comedy. Quill and Rocket for instance are always at the center of jokes like when the former flips off the Nova Corps saying he was sorry he didn’t know how his finger worked. Drax plays the straight man but makes hilarious remarks as well such as when he says nothing goes over his head because his reflexes are so fast he would catch it. Groot who only says “I am Groot” also gets in on the laughs.
Overall, this was some rip roaring fun, and would set the stage for future Marvel movies with both the characters, and its use of comedy. Definitely at the top end of MCU releases.