Before the release of the Chinese blockbuster, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon by Tsui Hark, here’s one of the geek blockbusters of the summer: Guardians of the Galaxy by James Gunn. Originality of the plot: the usual Marvel supermen usually called to save the world, and most of the time the universe, are replaced by a bunch of off-the-law loosers. Want to go on board? Let’s go!
Kidnapped as a boy by a gang of off-the-law conducted by a Yondu (Michael Rooker), little Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) has become a member of that gang. Off-the-law, his life changes the day he puts his hands on a very coveted and mysterious globe, the Orb. To stop the vindictive and powerful Ronan (Lee Pace), he finds himself forced, against his will, to form a fragile alliance with a modified genetically raccoon, Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), a humanoid tree Groot (Vin Diesel), a murderous alien Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and a psychopath with thirsty for revenge, Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). But will they be enough to save the universe?
Guardians of the Galaxy,
a not inspired direction
Let’s be honest, if you’re not a fan of that kind of comics or film, it will be difficult to to be interested on the improbable story of these loosers, despite the originality of its starting point. Indeed, the direction of James Gunn is uninspired and the use of 3D has no real interest.
Remains the ability of the writers to create empathy for characters from the well-worn story of characters who have nothing in common but are forced to team up together. If the gags can be repetitive and far fetched (like Groot constantly repeating “I am Groot”), the theme of friendship irrigates the film where the characters gradually learn that it is by being a part of a group, they can finally give a meaning to their lives and forget their past traumas.
And among the actors who play their part without surprise, the appearances of John C. Reilly‘s smile will be noted in the part of Rhomann Dey, director of N.O.V.A. Corps.
In short, the Marvel company has accustomed us to better until now, but not sure we can give the house keys to these Guardians of the Galaxy before leaving for summer vacation. How about you?
To learn more:
- French release: 08/13/2014
- French film distributor: The Walt Disney Company France