Movie Review by Jack Silbert
I’ll admit it: I was a little skeptical. Was Marvel scraping the bottom of the barrel, looking for even more superheroes to build a movie franchise around? Who the heck were the “Guardians of the Galaxy”? (Turns out the name has been kicking around the Marvel Universe since 1969, but the current team debuted in a 2008 comic book.) And then there was the stunt-casting: Bradley Cooper as a talking raccoon! Vin Diesel as a… uh… tree! Not to mention that August releases are not always your absolute top-quality films.
|Voiced by Bradley Cooper and|
But then the strangest thing happened: I realized I was genuinely enjoying the movie. And when all was said and done, I found Guardians of the Galaxy to be thoroughly satisfying, and definitely appropriate for the kids.
|Glen Close in a cameo|
The mood remains fairly light throughout, with a lot of silly laughs. Yes, there are villains and the fate of the galaxy is at stake, but the movie avoids the existential gloom-and-doom that hangs over more “artful” hero offerings. Guardians is rated PG-13—the writers do throw in some “grown-up” gags and references, and as mentioned, there is a lot of cartoonish violence. (Also for the adult audience, in small roles: John C. Reilly and Glenn Close, who wears a ridiculous wig making it look like she was just cut from Hunger Games auditions. And the soundtrack features all your favorite good-time oldies.)
|The gang's all here|