I’ll be honest, I’m a sucker for superhero movies but when I first heard about Guardians of the Galaxy, I was all: “really? A talking raccoon? And a talking tree?!” The first time I saw the trailer I still wasn’t convinced. Then, after repeat trips to the cinema, I had come to enjoy watching the trailer a million times and actually looked forward to the boyfriend dragging me along to see it. And it went above and beyond my expectations.
If you’re still reading this and I didn’t already lose you at ‘talking raccoon’, here’s a quick rundown. The Guardians of the Galaxy are a ragtag group of misfits, led by lovable rogue Peter Quill (Chris Pratt, he of The OC and Parks & Recreation fame). After he unwittingly becomes involved in a bounty hunt with said raccoon (Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper) and tree (Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel and rather reminiscent of Hodor from Game of Thrones), plus green beauty Gamora (the fabulous Zoe Saldana), the ‘gang’ get locked up and meet bad-ass Drax the Destroyer. The guys form an alliance and bust out of prison, hell-bent on retrieving the bounty which the evil Ronan plans to use to destroy the universe. If all of that sounds a bit intense, don’t worry, as it’s more of a light-hearted caper than the likes of Thor and, dare I say it, is more fun than The Avengers. In fact, it’s the most fun I’ve had at the cinema all year.
Pratt is uber-charismatic (and got super-buff since I last him in The OC!), with oodles of ragamuffin charm but this is most definitely an ensemble film; the cast shines when they’re playing off each other, even the CGI characters. You wouldn’t recognise Bradley Cooper’s voice and it’s crazy how much a walking and (semi) talking tree could provoke so much emotion in the audience. Well, with this soft-hearted audience member anyway!
A surprising highlight of the film was its soundtrack, which I downloaded as soon as I got home. It features corkers including Hooked on a Feeling, Moonage Daydream and Escape (The Pina Colada Song). Bring on the sequel!