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I think I’m thinking too much reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy (A Review)

Guardians of the Galaxy

It’s very hard not to fall in love with The Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s got a great lineup of very talented actors, a plot which doesn’t take itself too seriously, and enough balls to make fun of what superhero films stand for.

Not to mention a mix tape that hit the number 1 slot on iTunes. Boy oh boy I haven’t overplayed something that much since Protest the Hero’s Volition.

Everyone’s already done a review for the film, no doubt, so instead, I wanted to talk about what lies right beneath the skin of the film. GotG is trying to teach us a funny lesson about hope. Like how Sesame Street and the Muppets used to do.

Okay, before you close this page and start scoffing, think on this for a few seconds. The Guardians are composed of very broken people. We have Gomorra, whose planet was destroyed and is now serving the man who did it. Drax, always filled with anger and only aims to exact his revenge upon the monster who murdered his family. Then there’s Rocket Raccoon, who is basically a Frankensteined creation with some very deep existential issues. Finally, there’s that tree guy, I don’t remember his name.

This band of misfits is led by a boy from earth, and yeah, this dude acts like a little boy all throughout the film. His youth was robbed from him when he got abducted by an alien mercenary group called the Ravagers.

You can probably see why cynicism is the default function through which all these characters relate to one another. However, their prickly and often antisocial behavior is the thing that centralizes them. It gives the Guardians a very human core. So when they start hoping, you actually start believing in the reality of their change.

Because they don’t start out hoping like Captain America does. They aren’t solidly dark throughout the film like in Man of Steel. In the span of a 2 hours film, we see the group change and learn about the importance of placing faith in people, though cautiously, as if they’ve been through this before with very negative results. Does that sound familiar to you?

But the thing that gets me about GotG is that they don’t go the way of the care bears by becoming obsessed with spreading love and friendship everywhere. No, instead they pepper their hope with zany antics and often almost anti-climactic punch lines. James Gunn decides to pull the most left field ending battle ever, and yet somehow, I liked it better than the action packed final act of The Winter Soldier.

GotG is about cynics coming together and discovering that they can trust people again. And that’s one helluva message if you ask me.

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