Flash Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Any story or event becomes enhanced with the addition of an unexpected surprise. If I were to tell you that every 25th person who visited my movie site would get a gift card to a movie theater, I am sure the people who received the cards enjoyed reading my reviews more than the ones who did not get a gift card. If I read a news story about someone doing an extraordinary feat in the middle of a crisis, like a person lifting a heavy piece of machinery that accidentally rolled on top of a child, I feel more invested in the story and will probably remember it for a longer time. There was the time I was at a friend’s wedding reception where his introverted cousin, who used to hang out with us, was called up to give a toast. Instead of giving a speech filled with embarrassing or funny tidbits about the groom, the cousin had secretly made arrangements with the band and performed a couple of my friend’s favorite songs. The big surprise was no one knew the cousin could even sing; he amazed everyone with his incredible voice. So you see, experiencing the unexpected can provide a memorable time.    SURPRISED by the unexpected was used to the maximum to enhance this science fiction adventure film. Chris Pratt (Delivery Man, Moneyball) played Peter Quill, a space traveler who was being hunted down after he stole a mysterious metal artifact. Only the evil Ronan, played by Lee Pace (The Hobbit franchise, Lincoln), had an idea what the metal object contained and he was determined to get it from Peter. This action movie had one of the most unusual opening scenes I had ever seen in the superhero genres; I suggest you do not come in late to the movie. Speaking of the superhero genre, the cast in this fun film consisted of some of the most unlikely characters and I do mean characters one will ever see as superheroes. Besides Peter who preferred to be called Star Lord, there was Zoe Saldana (Star Trek franchise, Columbiana) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick, The Man with the Iron Fists) as Drax, Vin Diesel (Saving Private Ryan, Boiler Room) who voiced the character Groot and Bradley Cooper (American Hustle, Hit and Run) who voiced Rocket. I loved this movie on so many levels. First was the awesome soundtrack; it pretty much played out like an extra character of the cast. The humor, snide remarks, action and special effects were terrific, all fitting together to create something different from any previous superhero film. There was not one time where I felt bored; every scene provided something to look at, feel or think about. I had no idea this motley crew would help make this picture a total, unexpected surprise for me. There was a brief extra scene after the credits.

 

3 1/2 stars 

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 4, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Wow. I am genuinely surprised just by the review rating being over 2 1/2 stars. I wasn’t really interested in this one as much as I was Iron Man or The Avengers. I’m just not a fan of some of the characters from GotG but I know it ties into the other Marvel films and the “big picture” story arc that is unfolding so I had planned on watching it at some point. With your glowing review, I may actually see it sooner than I originally planned.

  2. great review. riddle me this, how would you weigh this against The Avengers film?

    • I believe I gave both similar star ratings, the difference is the intent of each film. The Avengers were all superheroes already where the ones in Galaxy would not be someone you would consider as any type of hero. There was a gritty and raw feel to it.

  3. Loved this film! The soundtrack was like the soundtrack of my youth.

  4. sounds like a goody…hope it gets into my Netflix queue by the end of the year

  5. The Dancing Rider

    can’t wait to see this one!

  6. I agree with you- aside from being a surprise movie, the soundtrack really did it for me. 😀

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