Guardians of the Galaxy – A Hit or Miss?

Caroline Albacete '17, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Who had ever heard of Guardians of the Galaxy before this summer? Come on, let’s be honest here. Let’s see a show of hands. Nobody? At least I’m not alone.

Marvel Studios took a large gamble with Guardians of  the Galaxy this past summer, as this movie opened in theatres August 1st. The movie, based off a comic created in 1969 and re-imagined in 2008, follows the story of an unlikely band of heroes. Led by Peter Quill (or as he would like to be known, Star-Lord), the ragtag group also features Gamora, Rocket the Raccoon, Groot, and Drax the Destroyer. This group battles against Ronan the Accuser as he tries to use an Infinity Stone to destroy the galaxy.  This comic is one of Marvel’s less known franchises, and the decision to make it into a movie was quite a risky one. After Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel seemed to be on top of the world. Yet almost their entire audience was thrown when they announced the Guardians of the Galaxy film. Many viewers were unsure of what to expect.

Guardians of the Galaxy is one gamble that paid off. During its debut weekend, the film grossed 94.3 million dollars, making it the third biggest film of 2014. It’s witty script and constant humor made it a great hit with viewers of all ages, and the soundtrack couldn’t have been better. There are moments that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter (I’m being completely honest here – Kevin Bacon and the power of Footloose, anyone?). The actors, especially Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, were all brilliantly cast, and their devotion to their roles is apparent. The generally humorous plot does strike some chords with the audience, particularly Peter’s touching relationship with his mother and the guilt he bears over his less morally correct choices.

In conclusion, I would highly recommend Guardians of the Galaxy to anyone, Marvel fans or otherwise. It’s a great movie for anyone, and I am anticipating the sequel with bated breath.

Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, and Karen Gillan