Please note this review was written around the time Guardians came out last summer, so I apologise if some of the facts are a bit out-dated. I also apologise for a lack of content recently, but I have a lot planned that I’m sure you’ll love. Anyway:
Being relatively unfamiliar with the comic series, I was apprehensive but excited going in to Guardians of the Galaxy, and it lived up to my expectations, even surpassing them, and proved to be one of, if not the, best film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, maybe even of 2014 so far. The film was very funny, which greatly surprised me, but it made me like the characters even more. The use of 1970s/1980s music in the soundtrack was an excellent decision, because it made the viewer remember that Starlord is a human like us, grounding the film and giving it some emotional strength. The writing was sharp and witty, similar to the performances of the cast, mainly Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Starlord and (a surprisingly good) Bradley Cooper as Rocket. I felt the threat from the villain Ronan was a bit redundant, and I don’t really mind because the film was mostly about bringing these characters together, and setting the stage for Avengers 3 and GOTG 2. I really liked the performance of Josh Brolin as Thanos, and I am excited to see where Marvel Studios go from here. Aside from this summer’s Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy concludes phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which although had some weak releases (Iron Man 3 fell flat in my opinion, despite the amount it made, and I’d rather not comment on Thor: The Dark World), there were incredible highs, i.e. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but particularly this. Guardians of the Galaxy is a triumph, and if the rest of the MCU is anywhere as good as this, we are in for a treat. Be sure to stay for the end credits scene, which is sure to have any George Lucas, or Marvel hardcore in general, smiling like an idiot.
I give Guardians of the Galaxy 9 out of 10.