An out-of-this-world movie

Guardians of the Galaxy
English (U/A) ¬¬¬
Cast: Bradley Cooper,Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan
Director: James Gunn

We loved Marvel’s The Avengers (2012). A host of characters, each with its own distinctive personality, brought us elaborate action sequences and the intensity of an impending apocalypse interspersed with subtle, refined humour.

Some more time will pass before Iron Man’s “we have a Hulk” statement loses all scope for amusement.

In Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel studios seems to be recreating its success from The Avengers. But here, the team has just one human (debatable) and a bunch of aliens, including a misfit talking raccoon and an animate tree with limited vocabulary and super-strength.

And no, the talking woodland creature and magical tree has nothing to do with Disney’s buyout of Marvel. Rocket Raccoon and Groot, fortunately, made their first appearance in Marvel comics between the 1960s and 1980s. If you do watch this movie, leave all the Disney phobia behind. There’s been enough propagation of the misconception that Thor is the next Disney princess.

Saving their world, or rather worlds, is quite obviously a part of the storyline. But what’s beautiful about this movie is that it’s not all about mind-numbing explosions and battles to the death, although there’s just the right amount of it. 

Sentient beings of different shapes, sizes and planets try to work together despite their disagreements. And each one of them, with their deep characters and backgrounds, gives you more than one reason to break out in laughter, including Groot who can only say three words. The graphics are good enough to distract you from the fact that you’re listening to a talking rodent, besides the several other extra terrestrials. Watching this in IMAX would do justice.

If you want slapstick entertainment, this movie will not disappoint with its world of bounty hunters, thieves and even warmongers fighting among themselves in funny situations. Guardians of the Galaxy, however, does lose out on the ‘end-of-the-worlds’ drama by incorporating almost extraneous humour. But you can be sure that even after watching this movie, you’ll involuntarily recollect some memorable one-liners and have a laugh.

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