One of the best things about great movies is their rewatchability. Being able to experience the same entertainment and emotions you felt (excitement, amusement, intrigue, etc.) when you watched that movie the first time is a treat. That familiarity can provide a sense of comfort, something we all need “in these Uncertain Times.” But, movies can also be a time-sink, and even in quarantine you might wonder whether a movie is WORTH the time invested. My goal with this series of posts is to cover movies I’ve recently watched, make note of the best things about them, and let you know whether it’s worth your time.
The Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Succinct Synopsis: A group of random outcasts band together to save the galaxy from the power-hungry Kree villain (and underling of Thanos) Ronan the Accuser. Why is Ronan such a threat? Well, um, these so-called “guardians” kind of let him have an Infinity Stone…
Cast & Characters: People forget that Peter Quill was Chris Pratt’s first big role that launched him into superstardom. With Quill as “The Face” and leader of the group, surrounded by Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana), Drax (played by Dave Bautista), and the dynamic duo of Rocket and Groot (voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, respectively), this is a squad that can hold its own next to The Avengers in every way, even if their style is left-of-center. The next best character in the movie is a fellow ravager/father-figure to Quill, who goes by the name of Yondu (played by Michael Rooker) and has a sick-ass arrow he controls by whistling. After that, I think the characters drop off in quality, but Yondu and the Guardians more than make up for it in what’s intended to be their origin story.
Humor: Say what you want about writer/director James Gunn, but he did a fantastic job with taking this weird Marvel offshoot and making it something fans care about just as much as the saga’s top-tier heroes. The dialogue between the various guardians is what you come back for when you already know the main plot points.
Was it Worth it: It may be “Space Avengers” as described in the Honest Trailer above, but well-executed movies that center around assembling a team of varied personalities has universal appeal. With the way we (“as a society”) have an obsession with ranking and debating everything, this type of setup forces the audience to pick a favorite character, and we’re all happy to oblige. Being along for the action-packed ride while taking a liking to the characters is just icing on the cake. YES, it was worth it.
Guardians of the Galaxy is streaming now on Disney+