Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga Ooga-Chaka
That’s pretty much what you’ll be singing as finish watching Guardians of the Galaxy. Blue Swede’s Hooked on a Feeling sums up the movie – something that is odd and quirky that manages to stick around in your head.
Guardians of the Galaxy focuses on Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) who is trying to make a name for himself as Star Lord. As a child he was abducted by aliens after seeing his mother die. Now grown up he goes from place to place plundering treasures he can sell. During his current assignment he is nearly captured by the villain Ronin’s men, but escapes in comical fashion with the help of some weird magnet gadgets and rockets.
During his attempt to sell the artefact, he is attacked by Gamora (a green Zoe Saldana),Rocket – a raccoon who has gone into some serious animal testing (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and his muscle Groot (Vin Diesel) who is a scaled down verison of the trees from Lord of the Rings. Eventually the team is joined by Drax (Dave Bautista), which completes the Guardians team.
The movie is full of funny one-liners especially from Rocket (I’m pretty sure the fact it’s a raccoon makes it 3 times as funny), as well Drax throwing in a quip here and there. GotG is a massive change from the recent Marvel films, it doesn’t take itself as seriously and instead provides some great light-hearted comedy.
The downside of the film is the villain Ronin. Although he’s meant to be a massively feared enemy he isn’t really given the screen time to show him doing any evil deeds (other than a slight execution at the start, they should have had him knock out a few people as well).
Guardians of the Galaxy makes an interesting change from the recent Marvel movies, especially since it’s a lot more of a comedy with some great scenes (what other film can have a raccoon requesting a person’s leg for a daring prison escape). A lot of people will probably compare this to Marvel’s take on Star Wars, but you shouldn’t as they are two different universes, and once you throw the Avengers into the mixer this is going to be a hell of a show!