Baddie – Ronan, hopeful destroyer of worlds.
Lesson – Friendship, however reluctant, is magic.
What can I say about Guardians of the Galaxy? A lot. I can say a lot. Buckle up.
Guardians was directed by James Gunn, who also directed one of the favorites here at Rooster Illusion, Slither. He has a unique sense of humor as a director, but I still kinda think Marvel took a huge gamble on him. It paid off, with Guardians racking up overwhelmingly positive reviews within the first 24 hours of reviews, and cinched Gunn to direct the impending sequel, which is also a good thing. I like consistency.
The Plot: The year is 1988, and during a heartbreaking opening scene we meet Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), a young boy who’s father is out of the picture and who’s mother is literally in the process of dying from cancer. He runs outside in genuine heartbreak and is promptly abducted with nothing but the gift from his mother and whatever is in his backpack.
26 years later, Peter has grown into a full fledged junker/ravager/outlaw, and is completing a job. He does so with great mirth and snark and quickly establishes himself to be a sarcastic, efficient professional, in that he’s good at his job, not that he’s all business. Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a green-skinned step-daughter of Ronan, is sent off to retrieve the orb Peter steals. Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) try to capitalize on the bounty on Peter and they meet in such a way that everyone gets arrested, where they meet Drax (Dave Bautista) who reluctantly joins the team so that he may revenge his family. Ronan (Lee Pace), is bent on destroying a planet, and Thanos’ daughter Nebula (Karen Gillan) is bent on helping him. Many hijinks ensue. Continue reading