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Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Marvel’s latest mega-movie is big, noisy, and fun to watch. Although
the comic-book source isn’t familiar to most moviegoers, the template of this elaborate
space adventure certainly is: a band of misfits finds strength by joining
forces to battle some ruthless interstellar bad guys. The motley group includes
a genetically modified raccoon with a wiseguy attitude (voiced by Bradley
Cooper), an anthropomorphic tree named Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), a feisty
and athletic woman (Zoë Saldana) who may or may not be loyal to her evil
father, a hulk of a man bent on revenge (wrestler Dave Bautista), and a cocky,
shoot-from-the-hip Earth orphan who becomes their de facto leader. Chris Pratt
hits just the right note in this role and establishes the movie’s irreverent tone
and sense of humor from the very start.

It isn’t easy to follow all the exposition the movie throws
at us, but before long it becomes clear who’s worth rooting for. That’s all we
really need to know to invest in the fast-paced adventures that follow.

Director James Gunn, who wrote the screenplay with Nicole
Perlman (based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning) plays out
his story on a broad canvas, and continually finds chinks and challenges in the
interrelationship of his key characters. Time and again they test each other to
see if their trust is misplaced. (No spoiler here: it isn’t.)

Guardians is laden
with visual effects, but it’s the relationships and the sharp dialogue inspired
by them that makes the movie enjoyable. This Marvel production doesn’t take the
“less is more” approach, and it’s too bad Gunn and company couldn’t decide on a
definitive conclusion: the movie now has several endings, any one of which
would have sufficed. A climactic piece of dialogue leaves the door open for
another chapter and a closing title promises another gathering of the clan. I’m
happy to say I won’t mind going along for that ride.




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