Guardians of the Galaxy 
Director: James Gunn
Screenwriters: James Gunn and Nicole Perlman
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Micheal Rooker, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesal, Lee Pace
Guardians of the Galaxy follows our titular team as they come across a highly sought after, and mysterious, orb which they all want to sell for a lot of money. However when they find out that the orb contains a powerful infinity stone the group disagrees on what to do next as Gamora wants to bring it to the people who arrested them while leader Star Lord along with, talking Racoon, Rocket and, living tree, groot want to sell it to someone else. However as their maniac Drax calls their enemy who steals the orb, prompting them to come together and save the galaxy from destruction.
Before it came out, everyone expected this movie to flopafter all Guardians of the Galaxy, despite being reimagined in the mid-2000’s into the team we know today, were still C-list heroes at best. However once this movie came out, the team exploded onto the scene in what was possible the most refreshing movie of the entire MCU.
Probably what makes this movie so great is the cast. Chris Pratt, as Peter Quill aka Star Lord feels like he was born to play this role, the mix of rugged charm and quick think just seems so natural too him, especially during his interactions with the serious tone of Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana, and the literal thinking of Drax, played by Dave Bautista. Voice work by Bradley Cooper, as Rocket, and Vin Diesel, as Groot, was equally impressive, despite Vin only having to say 3 words throughout “I am Groot” the way he says them works so impressively and you can almost work out what it is he’s trying to say. While this movie does fall to the usual marvel, bad villain, syndrome Lee Pace is still very intimidating as Ronan and the supporting cast of Nebula (Karen Gillan), the collector (Benicio Del Toro) and the Ravager leader Yondu (Micheal Rooker) help flesh out this movies’ rich world.
Most of this movies success however has to be down to writer, director James Gunn. Gunn completely re-imagined this team of heroes in an utterly perfect way, so much so that even the comics, TV show and video game that have come out since the movie have borrowed so many of its elements (such as Gunn and Pratts take on Star Lord). This movie also has one of the most vibrant and colourful palettes of the entire marvel universe and boasts some truly unique visuals to boot.
Finally, this wouldn’t be a Guardians of the Galaxy review without mentioning the music which, for lack of a better word, is awesome! Unlike last years Suicide Squad which seemed to use popular songs just because they’re good, Guardians interwinds them into the plot. In the story these are all coming from a cassette tap given to Quill from his mother and just so happened to be in his bag when he was abducted as a kid in the 80’s. The music fits the mood of the film perfectly, going from a sad moment in the beginning with 10cc’s “I’m not in love” before showing this film what it’s all about as Star Lord dances to “Come get your love” in the films opening sequence.
Overall, and personally, Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the best movies of the entire superhero genre. Full of vibrant, unique visuals and great characters, guardians of the galaxy managed to defy expectations and become household names in a matter of months. With an amazing soundtrack and a refreshing break from the interconnected MCU this one movie anyone can enjoy.
Guardians of the Galaxy, of course, gets a 10/10
If you want to see any of my other 10/10 movies you can have a look at the “Great Movies” page here to see which ones I like most, and have reviewed.