Tom dePerto’s review published on Letterboxd:
If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain
If you're not into yoga, if you have half a brain
If you like making love at midnight in the dunes of the cape
Then I'm the love that you've looked for, write to me and escape
Goddamn. I've spent the last one hour and a half on the most boring bus ride home of my life. I spent the whole time thinking and thinking about how absolutely awesome Guardians of the Galaxy was. Man, if this wasn't the best theater experience I've had all year, it's very close to being so.
I knew nothing about these characters until the first teaser trailer for the movie came out, yet these five form the most awesome, memorable band of outlaw misfits superhero people in recent years.
They're all pretty spot-on cast. From now on, there's no chance that people will refer to Chris Pratt as Chris Pratt. He has now become Star-Lord, that's how he'll always be remembered, as that cool space dude who always has something to say and a great taste in music. Zoë Saldana goes green this time and portrays one of the most badass women I've seen in action movies in a while. Dave Bautista proves to be somewhat of a comedic genius and contrary to my expectations, ends up being relevant and very memorable. Bradley Cooper nails it as show-stealer Rocket Racoon, he voices the character perfectly, mostly because of the fact that he doesn't really sound like himself. And well, Vin Diesel... I have three words: He. Is. Groot.
I liked James Gunn before this because well, I love Super. He takes the usual Marvel formula and mixes it up a little. Guardians of the Galaxy is really, really funny. The constant culture references and the hilarious, ridiculously greatly-written dialogue had me in stitches. Not only is it funny, but hell, it feels like a true space adventure. Because I'm a complete useless idiot, I haven't watched Star Wars, but I imagine this is pretty much in line with that. Add a bit of modern Star Trek to it and you have a little taste of what Guardians of the Galaxy is like.
And what a fool would I be if I posted this without mentioning the spectacular soundtrack... This is 70s / 80s gold right here. You got everything from the earworm chorus of Rupert Holmes' Escape (The Piña Colada Song) to the palm-muted verses of The Runaways' Cherry Bomb and of course, the so famous chants of Blue Swede's Hooked On a Feeling, in what is a must-own soundtrack.
However, there's one underwhelming element in the story and that is the villain Ronan. Maybe it's just the Loki effect kicking in, but he really wasn't all that great. He just felt like someone who the Guardians had to go after, and not a real threat, just like Malekith from Thor: The Dark World. And speaking of underwhelming, the post-credits scene, while funny, was not what everyone was hoping for. This far into the MCU and being used to mind-boggling credit scenes, it came off as a bit of a disappointment.
3D conversion has evoluted so much lately, and this movie has one of the best 3D effects I've seen all year. It has great depth, there's tons of things flying at the screen... But it isn't over-done to the point where you feel like you can't take it anymore, it's not very agressive. So a little tip: watch it in IMAX 3D if you can. It's totally worth the money.
Guardians of the Galaxy isn't just a stereotypical blockbuster. Sure, it's got the mind-numbing, breath-taking and crazy exciting action sequences many other movies have, but all in all, it's different. Because of its hilarity, of its smart direction and writing by James Gunn, its splendid loveable cast and its heart. I heard people laughing and people crying, and it's admirable when a big-budgeted loud film like this is able to do that. I never thought I'd go this far, but this is now my favorite movie from the MCU. Guardians of the Galaxy is a winner, people. It's a game-changer.
We are Groot.