ROB HEDELT reviews movies and TV shows, and is a columnist for The Free Lance-Star. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Guardians” such a cool comic action flick, you’ll want to see it again
It’s been a while since I liked a movie so much, I wanted to see it again seconds after the credits rolled.
That’s the way I felt today seeing Marvel’s new “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a comic book action film that has so much fun with itself that you can’t help but join in.
It’s got the same sort of smart-alecky humor that made Robert Downey Jr.’s “Iron Man” more than just an action film, but magnified 10 times or so.
It also uses an odd, quirky mix of decades-old pop songs to let you know that this is a different kind of Marvel action film.
Chris Pratt, who scores big here with just the right mix of cocky and kooky as “Starlord” Peter Quill, helps you know early on in the film that this won’t be like other action flicks.
The professional scavenger has landed his cool space ship on a deserted planet, and has pulled out all sort of cool gadgets to help him move and see where the “orb” is he’s trying to locate.
And when little, big-toothed reptiles jump at him, he drop kicks the first one and grabs the second one to double as a microphone.
He’s listening to a mix tape from back home on Terra, and can’t help but singing, dancing and generally moving to the sound of Redbone singing “Come and Get Your Love” on this alien world.
As the film proceeds through a series of challenges that link Quill up with an odd group of companions who become “The Guardians of the Galaxy,” you’ll hear “I’m Not in Love” from 10cc, “Go All the Way” from the Raspberries and the song the film will forever be linked with—“Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede.
You have to see it to get it, but juxtaposing the quirky old tunes with futuristic space ships, ray guns and alien-battling action gives the movie a funky vibe that says: Don’t think, just go with it!
There is violence here, mostly of the comic action type, though it’s rough enough to make the 13 in PG-13 a good guideline.
And my biggest worry going in–one of the Guardians is a genetically enhanced raccoon called Rocket—even works, largely because he/it is voiced by Bradley Cooper.
The story is good enough to move things along, a tale about an orb that Quill takes and all sorts of good guys and bad guys come looking for. And the supporting cast and characters are all interesting enough to add to the whole.
But mainly this is about matching the action with enough funny moments to make it crazy fun.
Especially in a climactic moment near the film’s end when Quill tries a hilarious tactic in his showdown with the evil Ronan.
Like the film itself, it’s a hilarious twist on the kind of moments you’ve seen dozens of times before.
Just never done so well.
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