The Guardians of the Galaxy: Marvel’s smashing comic relief

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Sunday, August 3, 2014


THE movie Guardian of the Galaxy is based on a 2008 comic book release from Marvel Comics and the tenth movie to rise up from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But unlike all the other films we’ve seen so far, this is the first Marvel movie based on non-popular characters.

With so little information about this galactic team, it took almost everyone by surprise that Marvel is so bold enough to make such a film. But the best part about having a relatively less known adaptation on Marvel and Disney is capitalizing on experiment and for the very first time a super hero film with a huge comedic element attached into it.

After seeing the movie trailers; initially I had my doubts on how the comedic Chris Patt would portray the role of Peter Quill more known as Star Lord and leader of the misfit team. But director James Gunn successfully creates an action packed adventure movie with so much humor and wit that it felt so effortless going through the film and be taken by it.

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The entirely huge creative cinematography added by the almost flawless special effects just takes you into a whole new world that is only envisioned in comic books. There are moments though the comic sounds as trying hard to make you smile and sometimes holds you back into your momentum.

The characters in the film are well-crafted to fit into the entire new dimension, the most obvious attitude lift up from the comic book is that of Rocket Racoon voiced by Bradley Copper, the flamboyant trigger happy weapons specialist maintains just like how he is in the comic book and for me somewhat he resembles a mafia hit man eager to make his mark.

Other team members such as that of the inter galactic assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Dax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and the well-crafted animation of the tree like humanoid named Groot (voiced by Vin Deisel) just weave well in the sudden bond that they play amid the total differences in the characters they portray.

I was just left hanging since I expected other Guardians of the Galaxy original team members Adam Warlock and Quazar Marvel to be in the film. I also expected that several of the Nova Corps especially that of Nova Prime Irani Rael played by Glenn Close to wield the powers of the character and help in the climactic battle.

For those in the comics, the Nova Corps almost resembles the alternate comic DC counterpart the Green Lantern Corp but with less powers and members.

For me the most interesting part of the movie’s timeline would be the appearance of the universe titan Thanos, the cosmic being that figures behind the attack on Earth on the first Avenger’s movie. So if we would be connecting the dots, I would assume that in the near future we would be seeing the Guardians of the Galaxy fight side by side with the Earth’s mightiest: the Avengers, but I guess wait until after the battle with Starks creation, Ultron takes its horrific toll.

Wrapping it up, the end credits of the movie among the Collectors exquisite collections showed up one of the least loved and short lived Marvel character – Howard Duck. The character is made into a movie back in 1986 under Lucas Film and Universal Pictures but it was huge disappointment in the box office.

So are we going to see more of the duck?

We’ll after a talking gun wielding raccoon, I guess anything is possible.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 04, 2014.

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