Guardians Of The Galaxy is not your typical superhero movie.

This not only refers to its subjects being misfits of society, but also in its tone. It is as much an entertainment movie as it can get, and all you have to do really is to enjoy. Coming from Marvel, this is naturally the blockbuster to watch, and it’s easy to see why.

To start it off, there are the five main “misfits”. Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill, the only human protagonist. He’s also known as Star-Lord, the leader of the guardians. Zoe Saldana, in a change of colours, plays green alien Gamora. Former wrestler Dave Bautista takes on Drax the Destroyer. At times, Dave’s acting looks stiff, which makes it awkward. But that could just be something to do with the character.

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Bradley Cooper voices Rocket, the humorous and uplifting raccoon that you would think twice about messing with. Lastly, Vin Diesel plays Groot, a human tree with a cute expression that utters no more than 3 simple words. It is none other than the memorable and iconic line “I Am Groot”. You’ll understand why once you’ve seen the movie.

Abducted from Earth as a child, Peter Quill grew up in an environment not entirely humane. That explains his ability to fit in and adapt to his counterparts, and it’s also where much of the comedy is injected – purposefully of course. Directed by James Gunn in just his third movie, Guardians of the Galaxy is a commendable effort, and a blockbuster done with a feel-good message to leave with. It is filled with comedic moments and at parts where least expected, yet never feeling forced. This is in part due to Gunn utilizing the characters’ traits to create humour.

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Given the heavy content of materials to deal with, Guardians of the Galaxy refrains from an overload of plot details, keeping the storyline relatively simple to follow.  Though it does not fully stick to its source material, it doesn’t quite matter as long as it makes sense. The main plot is secondary while the humour takes priority. Gunn tones down on story where necessary and alleviates the comedy. So don’t expect this to be your conventional superhero movie with the likes of The Avengers and Captain America, but instead a laidback one.

The 3D is decent and there aren’t any significant 3D effects in particular. If you want to see in 3D, go for IMAX 3D if you can. As the saying goes, it’s the journey that’s important, and it’s this journey that the guardians take that’s essential to the movie. Watch for humour and be entertained, and do note the usual post-credit scene at the end of Marvel movies. Just this one holds no importance whatsoever.

Guardians Of The Galaxy is now showing in theatres islandwide.

Directed by: James Gunn
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Running time: 121 minutes
Classification: PG13
Release date: 31 July 2014
Rating: 4/5

This film was reviewed in the 3D format