GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014)

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In 1969 the first comic book version of G.O.T.G. was born into the Marvel universe. Then in 2008 they were rebooted and the main protagonists (and villains) that became the team, containing previous and new members, were brought together to protect the galaxy. We’ll call them the modern team. These are the Guardians that are featured in this fantastic film version of the comics.

Casting is key here, Chris Pratt is perfect as the Starlord, Peter Quill as are the rest of the team. Zoe Saldana, always excellent, is Gamora, Dave Bautista is Drax, Bradley Cooper brings the voice of a fantastic character, Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel uses his dulcet tones to bring to life another great character, Groot. The original serial killer, Michael Rooker is on tough guy duties as Yondu, the sometime collaborator of Quill. Lee Pace delivers the bad guy, Ronan the Accuser to life. Bringing up the support are John C. Reilly, Peter Serafinowicz, Djimon Hounsou, the beautiful Laura Haddock and the irrepressible Glenn Close. Special mentions go to Karen Gillan as Nebula and Alexis Rodney as Moloka Dar.

Now, with a cast like this, your acting duties are well taken care of. All you need is a great story, directing, soundtrack and the elements are all in place.
James Gunn directs this wonderful addition to the Marvel canon with aplomb.

Marvel just seems to be getting better and better at delivering brilliant, entertaining superhero films. The last venture being Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which showed that they are beginning to make films worthy of their pedigree. Although the previous films have made a shed-load of money, they have fallen short of artistic quality. With Guardians they are establishing a real understanding of how to do it properly.

This film ticks so many of the right boxes, the set ups, the characters, story, the humour and effects and one would surely be looking forward to the next film in this series.

This is a big budget film with great low budget sensibilities.
The Guardians are Iron Man and the Hulks geekier, less cool, younger cousins.
This one has come out of the gates racing ahead of the race with a rag tag group of reprobates truly kicking the door of the hinges of the Marvel film universe.

The Usual Suspects in space.

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4/5

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (2014)

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Like Punch usually says given half the chance: “That’s the way to do it”.

A vast improvement on The First Avenger, this sets the precedent now for all Marvel films.
None of the previous ones have come close to the intelligent composition of this film.

The directors-Joe and Anthony Russo (Arrested Development, Community) have raised the bar as far as these kinds of films are made. You can cram in all the set pieces in the world but if there are no real stakes for characters that you don’t care about then all you have is a very shiny empty shell.
The set pieces in this one really deliver, one, which shall go un-named due to lack of wanting to spoil, is probably something I have never seen before, at least with that level of stakes and was hugely enjoyable.

Chris Evans builds on his previous ventures as Steve Rogers and cements the character as one equal to if not greater than all the others. Scarlett Johansson secures her place in the universe and it’s only a matter of time before Black Widow gets her own screen outing. A nice addition to the big screen Marvel characters is Anthony Mackie as Falcon.
It’s great that the lesser known heroes and villains are being introduced.

Samuel L brings his Nick Fury back to the table with a little more depth than usual and Robert Redford brings old school Hollywood weight as Alexander Pearce, another S.H.I.E.L.D. member.

The best thing about this film is that it doesn’t treat its audience as a bunch of idiots.
There is an intelligent script at the heart of it and it is directed with assurance and confidence.

All the previous Marvel films (this time around) have been deeply unsatisfying, Iron Men, Thors, Spidermen, Avengers, X-Men (although First Class was pretty good), and it is definitely a style over substance problem.

Maybe they were just too big for the silver screen or at least too big for the mere humans trying to make them.

Maybe this will be the start of a beautiful friendship.
Let’s hope so.

3.5/5

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