By: Samar Khan

The Guardians of the Galaxy is the second best film in the MCU after Captain America: The Winter Soldier and there is no debate, ya hear me?

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Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy

BRIEF PLOT SYNOPSIS

The story is a tad difficult to understand if you are not familiar with the workings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or comics in general) but GotG has an extremely accessible plot that goes as follows:

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Zoe Saldana s Gamora, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star Lord, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Racoon, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer and Vin Diesel as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy

Peter Quill (played by everyone’s favourite everyman, Chris Pratt) is a space adventurer who is the target of nefarious space bounty hunters after he steals an orb that the film’s main villain, Ronan (Lee Pace), has been hunting. In order to survive, Quill bands together with a radically diverse group of misfits, including the mouthy Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper), a talking -in the loosest sense of the word- tree named Groot (Vin Diesel), alien-humanoid Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and a truce force-of-nature in Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). They realize the consequences that would ensue were the orb Quill possesses were to fall into Ronan’s hands and thus engage in a zany adventure to save the universe. Easy, right?

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Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Racoon, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star Lord, Vin Diesel as Groot and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy

THE GOOD

The Plot. Trust me, the plot is even simpler than laid out above. Kudos to Marvel for making the plot so easy to follow that audiences of all ages can connect to the characters and not get lost in a jumble of nonsensical terms that only die-hard fans would understand. The film is a treat for both newcomers and existing fans of the Marvel Comics-verse and similar to Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, there are easter eggs for the latter and easily relatable characters and plots for the former.

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Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper as Rocket Racoon in Guardians of the Galaxy

The Characters. This was what solidified GotG as a very good film for me, as the casting was spot on and the chemistry between everyone on screen was genuine and lent an air of authenticity to the film’s proceedings. Pratt’s comic schtick carried over well from his popular Andy Dwyer character from Parks and Recreation and gave audiences a superhero that was more relatable than almost any other brought to the big screen to date, relying more on his charm and bravado rather than a supernatural power to win battles. Bautista’s comic timing, Cooper’s infectious and hilarious banter as Rocket Raccoon and Saldana’s tough-girl appeal somehow allowed all parts of the cast to fit together seamlessly.

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Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Vin Diesel as Groot and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy

The Soundtrack. For those that follow along with the majority of The Film Lawyer’s reviews, you will know that the Bollywood films are always left for me to review. I appreciate a good soundtrack more-so than your average filmgoer. GotG made me fall in love with its 80’s style soundtrack and earned the honour of being downloaded to my phone to be added to my high-quality playlist ( I ain’t no snob!). One would not normally assume that a 1980’s pop-rock themed soundtrack would work for a 21st-century superhero caper; one would be wrong, as the fit was perfect.

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The Awesome Mix Vol.1 soundtrack in Guardians of the Galaxy

The Okay

The Villain. For all the quality on display in Marvel’s films since the debut of Iron Man to the big screen in 2008, Marvel films have been woefully inept at producing top-tier villains to supplement their stories and pose exciting challenges for their heroes. Outside of Sebastian Stan’s amazing portrayal of the Winter Soldier in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, each film in the MCU has fallen flat in terms of its main villain and that is, unfortunately, the case here, as Ronan is anything but memorable. It doesn’t help that the film establishes fairly early on that Thanos (the MCU’s biggest baddie) is overseeing everything which somehow weakens Ronan’s credibility in the eyes of many but the character himself does not have many redeeming points. Marvel needs to find a way to get in touch with Fox  Studios and attempt to procure some of the X-Men villains or something from Sony, as this area requires a major overhaul.

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Lee Pace as Ronan in Guardians of the Galaxy

Final Verdict

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John C. Rielly as Corpsman Dey and Peter Serafinowicz as Denarian Saal in Guardians of the Galaxy

The Film Lawyers is proud to grace The Guardians of the Galaxy with a grade of B+ (8.0/10). 

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