Daryl’s review published on Letterboxd:
Marvel might just be the new Walt Disney Studios.
And just like Walt Disney, they don't always get it right, but when they do, they get it very, very right.
Guardians of the Galaxy was never really going to be a risk for Marvel. They have earned the right to success by being brave and constantly inventive.
With Guardians they evolve that mantra even further. Taking us deeper into space, and indeed, comic book territory, this was always going to be a CGI blockbuster. And it is, but also, thankfully, so much more.
Director James Gunn, by seemingly refusing to follow in the studios usual formulae, has created the most fun Sci-Fi flick in recent memory. He has also cemented another successful movie franchise, and arguably, Marvel's best movie so far. There is lots of action, naturally, and equally lots of special effects, but it's the wonderful humour and writing that truly stand out. The characters involved were always going to be superstars, but they needed a truly great script to elevate them into popular culture. And they got it.
Co-writer and director Gunn nails the offbeat tone and quirkyness of the source material, and in return he has delivered a wide eyed movie that will make old comic book fans feel like kids again.
A foul mouthed raccoon may just be the new face of one of the most powerful movie studios around. And that's good news for everyone.