‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ James Gunn’s latest action-adventure-sci-fi film, takes aliens to the next level. Moviegoers are just soaking up the new film, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Batista!
The film stars Chris Pratt, 35, as Peter Quill, an American pilot that is half human/half alien, who becomes the main target of a man hunt. The alien targeting him is Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), who pursues him relentlessly. But, Quill creates a team known as “Guardians of The Galaxy” to help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power.
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There are moments in Guardians of the Galaxy when Pratt, so funny on Parks and Recreation and already a versatile screen actor (Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty), seems to be growing into a quirky action hero before our eyes, the way Robert Downey Jr. did in the first and best Iron Man. The material is right for him.
In his latest video review, Travers can barely hold back his giddiness when talking about Guardians, a surprisingly fun and hilarious adaptation of the comic franchise that he dubs “the orphan child of Marvel.” The film stars Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation, Moneyball) as Peter Quill, a galactic bounty hunter armed with a tape deck of Seventies pop gems. And the blossoming actor’s performance is the heart of the movie: “You’re watching a star getting born,” Travers says. “This is like watching Harrison Ford when he played Han Solo.
Chris Pratt (from TV’s Parks and Recreation) plays the Han-Solo-ish intergalactic freebooter Peter Quill, whose cynicism masks an inner hurt: he was abducted from Earth as a little kid just after his mom had died of cancer – a classic touch of comic-book fantasy, alchemising pain into superheroism – and always carries around the old-fashioned Sony Walkman with a mixtape his mother made for him. (A very prominent British producer once told me pop soundtrack riches like these induce stunned awe in indie film-makers – only the big studios can pay the staggering copyright fees.).
…There’s a lot of fun to be had, especially as the film brings its team of semi-heroes together. Guardians has a little more space for irony, goofiness, and sarcasm than the other Marvel movies, which Gunn and co-screenwriter Nicole Perlman relish in exploring with great one-liners and running gags..
It’s been called the boldest and riskiest move yet by Marvel Studios, with some pundits eagerly anticipating theatrical failure while others just as eagerly expect it could “rescue” the summer box office. Call it whatever you want — but critics are calling Guardians of the Galaxy possibly the best Marvel movie yet, audiences are calling it the film they are most eager to see, and come this weekend we’ll all be calling it another successful step in Marvel’s quest to rule the box office.
Will you be heading to the movies over the weekend of August 1st to see Guardians of the Galaxy? Let us know!
– Cara Munn
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