Imperator Ç’s review published on Letterboxd:
"We're just like Kevin Bacon!"
There has been, every now and then, a few mishaps in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; I still haven't overcome the boredom Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers were to me, as well as the uninspired nature of Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3.
Nevertheless, and for the second time this year (third, if you count with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which is out of the MCU), Marvel proves itself, once again, worthy of its company name; a complete and absolute marvel, that's what Guardians of the Galaxy is.
A unique and delightful movie, full of memorable and quotable characters, with a grit and soul of its own.
I mean, will you ever think of Come And Get Your Love or The Piña Colada Song the same "so what in whatever" way you did before? Better yet, will you ever stop thinking of them in a near future?! What will you think of when you hear them again until the day you're gone for good?
You see, and it's not just about the great and miraculously fitting soundtrack, but what I'm trying to state here is that this is the effect Guardians of the Galaxy has on you. This is one of the silliest, yet freshest and most original blockbusters of the new millenium. It just sticks with you, like those stupid things you look back and think of really fondly; it can really steal you a smile or a small giggle when thinking of it randomly, and believe me when I say this, I've already been there.
The whole cast is pitch perfect, like, VIN DIESEL EVEN DESERVES AN OSCAR JUST FOR SUCH A MEANINGFUL "I AM GROOT". Chris Pratt is awesome, Zoë Saldaña is awesome, Dave Bautista is awesome, BRADLEY COOPER'S VOICE IS SUPER AWESOME, I mean, what's there not to love about this cast?!
From a writing point of view, It's the perfect assemble, which is what, from my point of view, The Avengers never got to be. This band of galactic misfits is damn thrillingly superb.
All in all, and I finally arrive at the bullet point, Guardians of the Galaxy it's an endearing and beautiful story about real friendship, of how you can find friends in the most unlikely of situations, companions who'll never leave you. And that, I must admit, somewhat touched me.
Sticking ourselves to the real deal, I'll give the most significative of examples: Groot, the coolest walking tree of all time (screw Treebeard) keeps the whole movie saying "I am Groot"; yet, at a certain point of the narrative, he meaningfully changes his trademark sentence. What I'm trying to say is that it manages to leave somewhat of a dent in your heart, such is the greatness of the whole set up; to put it perfectly, it leaves you completely hooked on a feeling.
Have you already understood how special this film is?
After a rewatch and reading lots of other reviews, I wasn't quite sure of what to write about the Guardians.
James Gunn had already given us Super, an acerbic anti-superhero comedy not reccomended to the most serious folks; however, Guardians of the Galaxy is a whole other level.
It mightn't be a masterpiece, it may have its flaws, but I completely loved it, and for all I know, it'll forever be one of my teenage years-- one of my generation's classics.
And honestly... sure as hell it deserves such an honor.
P.S.: This is only the third time I'm saying this about a movie, by the way (the previous ones were Gravity and The Amazing Spider-Man 2), as I'm a strong detractor of this commercial gimmick, but the 3D version of Guardians of the Galaxy is really superior to the 2D one. I really mean it, and I'm hard to persuade when it comes to this subject. Just experience it, for real!