A team composed of two thugs, one thief, a maniac and a killer. Meet the new Guardians of The Galaxy and the new Marvel/Disney bet to expand its cinematic universe a little more.
In this new installment of the mega-franchise, we leave aside the classic heroes and the planet Earth, to go on an adventure to the confines of space and to face much thicker, vindictive trouble and delusions of greatness.
Because Guardians of the Galaxy is, above all, a space adventure full of eighties nostalgia, losers, the music of the sixties and seventies, wonderful special effects, jokes, and pop references.
James Gunn is in charge of the script and the direction of the strangest film of the Marvelian ensemble. Lover of terror and black humor that inherited from his time at Troma, the guy manages to impregnate the story of the best of our childhood, because here there is a journey of longing, of affection for the great science fiction, fantasy and adventure classics of the late seventies and especially the eighties with all its exaggerations.
Our "hero" is the perfect mix between Indy, Han Solo, and Ren McCormack, the protagonist of a film that gives us no respite, and five minutes after we start the first cinephile homage explodes in our noses.
We are in 1988, on Earth, and a little boy has just lost his mother, minutes later he is abducted by a spaceship that takes us 26 years in the future, to the present, and to a strange uninhabited planet.
Peter Quill is a looter without much honor to say, capable of deceiving the "family" of criminals who commissioned him to raise him and make him the man of profit that he is, in his own benefit.
Cunning and with all the necessary tricks up his sleeve, he manages to make fun of Ronan's hunters (Lee Pace) and steal a mysterious orb, an artifact that everyone wants to use: Peter plans to sell it on his own and betray his looting brothers, including Yondu (Michael Rooker), Ronan, "the accuser", will hand it over to Thanos (Josh Brolin) and thus take revenge on the Xandarians, a race that has been at war with theirs for centuries, and Thanos.
This is what triggers this story. Yondu sends his own bounty hunter in search of the kid, Ronan his best murderer, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) - an orphan trained by Thanos - and among pineapples and kicks through the streets of Xandar, they all end up arrested by the Nova Corps and send them right to Kiln, a maximum-security prison.
And here we are back: a thief who calls himself Star-Lord, two thugs -Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a genetically modified raccoon and his bodyguard Groot (Vin Diesel), a humanoid tree of few words, a murderer with bad reputation that everyone wants to charge, and now one of the inmates, Drax (Dave Bautista), who will help the group only to be able to approach Ronan and avenge the death of his family.
At first, they are driven by greed, but soon they discover the true power that the orb hides and things change. You can say that in their hands is the destiny of the universe and they will have to stop being rogues to try to become something like “heroes”.
The risks are enormous, but these well-tanned boys face the possible losses because, in fact, they have already lost too much and everything they can achieve from now on is pure profit.
And that is Guardians of the Galaxy, two hours of action without respite. It wins from the script, its dialogues and its characters, so different and similar to each other. They carry on the movie very well.