Guardians of The Galaxy, English Hollywood Film Movie Review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * * *

Guardians of The Galaxy, English Hollywood Film Movie Review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * * *

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#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy(English) Rating: * * * #Marvel’s  pre-announced new Franchise opener is a sci-fi Inter-Galactic Space adventure comedy that gets it’s formula right at the first go. It’s funny, exciting and enhanced by ‘star’ power to keep the fans obsessively obliged!   #ChrisPratt #LeePace #KarenGillan #DaveBautista #BradleyCooper #JohnCReilly #GlennClose #VinDiesel  #JoshBrolin #JamesGunn #DisneyUTV

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English Film Review
Johnson Thomas 
Gung-ho Intergalactic Sci-fi Adventure
Film: Guardians of the Galaxy
Director: James Gunn
Rating: * * *
Runtime: 132 min

This intergalactic adventure written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, based on the comic book by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning is Marvel’s new pre-stated franchise. The narration begins in Earth, 1988, where a young boy named Peter is watching his mother die. Unable to bear the pain of her impending loss he rushes out of the hospital and collapses on the fog-shrouded lawn… at which point a spaceship appears, sucks him in and streaks off. 
Jump cut to 26 years later, we’re now introduced to the adult Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) also known as  Star Lord- a roguish space adventurer who appears to be a cross between Indiana Jones and Luke Skywalker. He makes a living acquiring things for people willing to pay for it. His latest attempt at theft (of a small metallic globe/orb shot in exhilarating fashion) lands him in prison alongside a quartet including a female and male warrior, a tree designed to look like a human and a genetically-modified raccoon. It’s not very clear how the group figures out the power of the Orb but nevertheless they turn themselves into it’s protectors, escape from incarceration and try to keep it safe from the hands of the villains who desire to absorb it’s supreme powers. Quill was originally after the Orb, because he wanted to sell it to The Broker (Christopher Fairbank), who in turn wished to pass it on to The Collector( Benicio Del Toro).  Then there’s Thanos a sort of super-villain.

The narrative is extremely busy so there are a few odd characters who don’t get much of an assay into the scheme of things. The integral characters though are properly fleshed out and have back stories that make the involvement more tenable. It’s also quite unlike traditional Marvel fare. So the inquisitive interest is higher than normally expected. The consistent comedic tone, the brashly exaggerated visual palette, the unique variations in aliens on display, the chase and intergalactic war sequences, the gung-ho devil-may-care never-say-die abrasiveness of the four unlikely heroes,  the rich dark tones courtesy of cinematographer Ben (Kick-Ass) Davis and production designer Charles Wood, and above all the Special effects makeup designer David White who makes sure that all the characters have their own shades to make them distinguishable from the rest- make this sci-fi enterprise vibrantly entertaining!


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