Since Marvel's latest Sci-Fi action hit "Guardians of the Galaxy" hit cinemas in early August, more and more comic book fans are getting hitched. Once again Marvel and Disney Studios made a good choice when selecting their director, cast and crew. The result is a colossal box-office success. On its opening weekend the film collected up to 94 million US$, an amount sky-rocketing to 219 million in the first week and is still going strong.
US fans started calling for a sequel soon, as the end of this roaring comic adaption leaves quite a few questions unanswered. No doubt German fans will also want to see the likeable gang of bad asses surrounding Peter Jason Quill aka Star-Lord again. Two weeks prior its official release, we had the chance to watch the exclusice Guardians sneak peek presented by Disney Interactive along the lines of GDC - and it is safe to say that the five strange anti super heroes will probably sell like hell in Gemany, too.
Within the last weeks numerous Guardians teaser trailers had set loose a bunch of wild rumours and much speculation regarding a number of character appearances, which caused collector's prices to sky rocket for quite a few Marvel series. On the whole they heralded a film production that stands out against the "typical American gloom & doom cinema" of previous years. Walt Disney Studios has actually managed to create an action hit living up to all these expectations.
The trick is simple: It's an old recipe served with a refreshingly new and surprisingly colourful flavour. A straight, simple and very well told story, mixed with crafted high-tech, a huge shot of 80s nostalgia and super-hilarious bits of comedy make sure that the audience is well entertained for 120 minutes straight. It is very obvious that 44 year old director James Gunn has revived his own youth, which happened to have taken place during one of the most entrtaining decades of the last century. No need to mention that Gunn is also a nerd. Maybe even a geek.
Even before production on Guardians started, James Gunn received high praise from Joss Whedon (Director of "Avengers") who praised him for his unconventional way of film making and talented craftsmanship.
Born in Missouri, Gunn is feared for his "shit outside the norm" in inner circles. His film "Super" or the cooperation with game designer Suda 51 on Lollipop Chainsaw are living proof of that. Whedon especially stated that the creation of Rocket Racoon would turn out great with a guy like Gunn, and he was proven right: Rocket is a total hit.
For the longest time the Racoon had been secretly dealt as the potential star of the production. But even while he is a hundred percent convincing, he doesn't stand out too much among his acting colleagues. His co-fighters are also very well cast, every single one bringing in his or her individual touch to benefint the whole production. Many strange and funny situations occur - even if the Guardians are way less crazy than some of Gunn's previous productions.
Happily the age of ever-so-dark impending comic book apocalypse seems passé. Marvel finally realized that comedy can be a great asset in entertaining an audience. A philosophy that this film completely lives up to.
It's early days yet, but even now Guardians of the Galaxy has all the ingredients for becoming a cult movie.
Comic-Geeks and cinema fans alike will fall for the endless stream of nerdy quotes, for which Star-Lord himself, but also Rocket Racoon are mostly responsible. And yet it's hard to top Vin Disel's voice acting performance of Groot. It is hard to believe that there are actually so many ways to say "I Am Groot" that perfectly and uniquely capture the emotions of this likeable tree guy with his dark and lovely black eyes. Still you wouldn't like to come across Groot in a dark alley, when he's in a really bad temper.
The team surrounding Star-Lord completely outplays the villains of the piece. This cumulates when Quill, in all his distress, resorts to the very last straw to finally put Ronan out of the picture.
Guardians of the Galaxy is highly intelligent entertainment while also setting new standards for comic book adaptions in film.
We wouldn't be at all surprised, if a while from now the good old self-made 80s remix tapes started re-circulating. They might confuse the younger generation, but all of us who had the priviledge to grow up in the 80s will love it. I mean - who hasn't paraded his favourite songs "Star-Lord-like" with a walk man back then? The Guardians' soundtrack could actually revive that phenomenon. Next to the acting and funny dialogues it is quite the music that makes all the difference.
Of course we aren't completely spared the all American sentimental and moral touch. High values such as friendship and family are held high, as usual. But still - fun prevails and rules out the theatrical moments. It turns Guardians of the Galaxy, into top entertainment, "outside the box".