Welcome Caroline Liddick to BibbidiBobbidiBooze! Caroline recently graduated from NYU, is currently in Orlando on a CP, formerly interned at Marvel, and became my friend because of a mutual love of Disney (bonus points because she introduced me to One Direction). Here she is with her review of Marvel’s latest Blockbuster: Guardians of the Galaxy.
This weekend, Marvel Studios released their newest (and as many have said, perhaps boldest) venture into superhero film: Guardians of the Galaxy. Directed by the writer of the recent Scooby-Doo movie, written by a science nerd, and starring Burt Macklin, FBI, it’s hard to accurately capture just how weird and cool Guardians is.
The film has everything that makes a Marvel film: awesome action scenes, witty one-liners, a beautiful score. Yet it succeeds where other Marvel movies have failed: it makes you care. Sure, we care about Iron Man, or Captain America, or Thor, but how many people can say that they like all of the Avengers equally? This is where Guardians truly soars above other Marvel films. Each of the five heroes is equally important, and made to be equally liked. It’s easy to read the comics and immediately attach yourself to Star-Lord or Rocket, or to see Avengers and root mostly for Tony, but in Guardians, director James Gunn gives equal screen time to Gamora, Drax, and even Groot. Each character has their own equally powerful comedic and dramatic moments, allowing the audience to connect to everyone.
The live-action stars – Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista – deliver stellar performances, and the voice stars -Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel – never phone it in. There are a lot of things that I personally liked about Guardians, but the treatment of these five characters is what sold the movie for me. I will never cease to be amazed that a movie with a team of alien superheroes could turn out to be so… human. Can this harmonic convergence be emulated again, or is it a happy coincidence of having the right cast and crew? At this point, I’m not sure. But I will gladly reap the benefits.
Companion snack: Beer (if your theater serves it) and a bucket of popcorn to share with pals