Guardians of the Galaxy

guardians_of_the_galaxy_posterYear: 2014

Synopsis: Peter Quill, the self styled “Star Lord,” forms an unlikely alliance after stealing an unusual artifact.

Pros:
A highly self-aware and fun piece of pure science-fiction, with a great cast. Downright beautiful to watch. We do not really know who these characters are, but most others in the film do not either. A sense of peril, in spite of the film’s origin story nature. More than just an introduction of another Infinity Stone. We are Groot.

Cons:
Self aware to a fault at times. Given the origin story nature, it can be hard to see the main characters not surviving the story.

Discussion:
Easily the most fun of MCU Phase 2. The prior films of this Phase had a strong streak of seriousness, which was unfortunately most apparent in Thor: The Dark World (2013). What Guardians truly adds is how expansive the Marvel Universe really is. The Thor films up to this point do show it is a big universe, too, but there was not much in the way of extra terrestrial diversity. There is a lot happening, yet the dark plot of Thanos is peaking out of the shadows. Ultimately, I am Groot.

Related:
Marvel Cinematic Universe


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Rotten Tomatoes — 91%

 

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