It never should have worked.
Marvel Studios took yet another risk by introducing their next film in our EYG MCU Rewatch… Guardians of the Galaxy to a public that had no idea who or what they were. There was a talking raccoon. A walking tree. Really? This was surely going to be Marvel’s first flop.
Instead, it was one of the best Marvel movies of all time.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a space opera featuring five lonely losers who band together for all the wrong reasons only to come out as heroes.
Marvel cosmic is introduced here and we see Ronan the Accuser, the Nova Corp, Knowhere (the floating head of a Celestial), the Collector, Cosmo the dog, Yondu and the Ravagers, Howard the Duck… so much to see in bright colors… it never should have worked.
The film starts off by showing us the death of young Peter Quill’s mother, and the young actor who played Pete Quill (Wyatt Oleff) delivered one of the immediately heartbreaking moments of the entire film. It provided us with an emotional core at the beginning, which gave us something to anchor onto while all the weirdness continued around.
But that was hardly the only moment of emotion here. I get tears and goosebumps every time I see the conclusion of this movie. It is so beautifully done that I can’t help it. The Guardians of the Galaxy become more than just a group hanging out together. They become family.
There was more character development of Rocket(Bradley Cooper) than there is in most films. You connect to Groot (Vin Diesel), despite the character being a CGI tree and only being able to say “I am Groot.” You see the seeds of a connection between Gamora(Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) that will pay off later in the franchise.
Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) holds them all together several times throughout the film and his humanity shines through.
Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) is both dangerous and very funny. The whole metaphor thing is a great character trait for Drax’s race, and yet you can always see the hint of tragedy in his eyes.
All the Guardians had pain and tragedy in their pasts, but they found a way to make it through another day.
The look of both Rocket and Groot are perfect and never once feel fake. For two characters that play such huge roles in the movie, the feat is certainly remarkable.
The soundtrack of this movie is one of the best in movie history and is blended into the story better than just about any. Connecting the music to Peter’s mom is a stroke of genius.
James Gunn directed and wrote the film and he brings so much of himself into the story without losing the feel that it is a Marvel film. He does a tremendous job and I am extremely pleased that he gets to finish his trilogy.