[VIDEO] Review: Pop Mech Digs Guardians of the GalaxyPosted: August 3, 2014
The perfect balance of humor, style, wit, and an awesome mix tape, Guardians of the Galaxy takes a band of misfits and creates a new team of heroes for us to cheer on for years to come.
I read Anthony Verducci’s review with one eye closed, because I’ve not seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet, though our Hong Kong Bureau chief has, so this is for him. For movies I’m planning to see, I’m also careful to limit my exposure to previews, trailers, and commentary, so I can preserve the surprises. Oh hell, I barely limit my exposure to anything. The one-eye thing, well, pirates have their reasons, it’s good for ducking in and out of dark movie theaters.
Here’s a plot run-through with minimal spoilers: On the eve of his mother’s death, our soon-to-be-hero Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is captured by space pirates. Yondu, leader of the Ravagers, adopts and teaches Peter the art of thievery. Fast-forward 26 years and our charming protagonist is grooving to a 70’s soundtrack while dancing his way through a mission to steal an ancient silver orb that can destroy whole planets.
The big bad guy, Ronan the Accuser, sends Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the deadliest woman in the galaxy, to retrieve the orb. Meanwhile, a pair of bounty-hunters—Rocket, a wise cracking, trigger happy raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper, and a living tree creature Groot (Vin Diesel)—are out to collect the bounty on Quill.
While in the midst of a melee, this quartet of misfits is arrested and thrown in a maximum security prison called Kiln. A muscle-bound inmate named Drax the destroyer (Bautista) wants to kill Gamora, but she explains that Ronan cannot be allowed to get his hands on the orb. Reluctantly, all five team up for a prison break. Cue the fight scene.
That complex scene is just the setup for Guardians of the Galaxy, but writer/director James Gunn and co-writer Nicole Perlman never let the pace slow down; they keep the storyline moving with heart-pumping action scenes and hysterical one-liners.
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