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Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Directed by James Gunn

Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel

 

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As a child Peter Quinn is abducted by an alien space ship. 26 years later you might know him under a different name, Star Lord! No? Star Lord, come on. To save the galaxy he must form an alliance with a band of criminals to stop the evil Ronan who is determined to destroy anything in his way.

This is the first Marvel film set away from members of the Avengers and was a bit of a risk to try and make this successful as the audience is now having to become accustom to a group of new characters. But the easy flow of the film and the non-stop action and comedy will keep you thoroughly entertain throughout. The witty one liners from all the characters really keep the film from becoming too serious in those quieter moments while at the same time they don’t distract from the story that is being told.

As the film is based in the far reaches of the galaxy the character of Peter Quill helps keep the audience grounded with his constant stories of Earth and with his mix tape of music which plays throughout the film acting as the films soundtrack. Its a very clever way of making a modern day film have the nostalgic feel of the 70’s and 80’s without being set in that time and works brilliantly. Being a Marvel production the film needs to cater for both children and adults and this film does just that by interlacing funny superhero type characters with some adult based jokes that children wouldn’t get.

The film isn’t entirely about Quinn though. Before the film I was a bit worried about Dave Bautista playing Drax because as a wrestler I have always thought he was a bit wooden but I was pleasantly surprised by his dry performance as Drax and he had some great lines to perform. Bradley Cooper as Rocket and Vin Diesel as Groot both provide voices in the film and if I didn’t know it was them I think I would never have guessed. Other noticeable mentions go to John C. Reilly and Peter Serafinowicz who both add that extra bit of comedy to film but in there own unique way.

 

Recommend

As a different direction for the Marvel Universe I was really looking forward to see how it would work and I wasn’t disappointed. Constant action and comedy throughout make this film a great watch and left me wanting to watch it again. Having already announced a sequel it will be very interesting to see where this will go. Surely the Guardians of the Galaxy are going to need some extra help to take out Thanos? I am looking forward to seeing Peter Quill meet Tony Stark.

As with all Marvel films there is a post credit scene at the very end of the credits.

 

TheFriedGold rating – 8/10 – Shines as bright as a Star…….Lord

 

Film Fact

Bradley Cooper cited Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci’s character in Goodfellas (1990)) as an influence on Rocket Racoon’s voice.

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Fast and Furious 6

Fast and Furious 6

Directed by Justin Lin

Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson

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When a gang of criminals, who are being helped by Letty, strike Hobbs must locate the only man who can help, Dominic Toretto, and get him to bring his team back together.

The film has a slightly different feel to it when compared to the others as they are not stealing anything; they are helping out a Special Forces team capture the bad guys. The film is mainly set in London and while it was cool to see fast cars charging around the streets of London for an organised street race it’s not very believable.

A couple of other things that niggled away at me were how poor the Police were made to look in the Underground station fight, the amount of people that must of died when the tank was running over what seemed to be every car on the road, yet no one said anything, and most of all the plane that must have been on the longest runway in the world.

 

Recommend

Now I know it is just a film that is made for entertainment purposes and I shouldn’t look at the contents in such a serious manner and should just look at it as a popcorn/turn off your brain flick. So by going by that thinking the film was enjoyable and being the sixth instalment you know what you are going to get. Also the teaser just at the end of the film for number 7 will probably drag most people back to this franchise.

If you enjoy cars, tanks, fighting, gun battles, over the top action sequences and the other Furious films then I would recommend this to you although you could wait for it to be released on the small screen.

 

TheFriedGold rating – 5/10 – An enjoyable ‘turn your brain off’ film

 

 

Film Fact

David Tennant and Jason Statham were both up for the role of bad guy Shaw in this film but lost out to Luke Evans

 

The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant

Directed by Brad Bird

Starring the voices of Vin Diesel, Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr

Horgath is a small boy with a big heart. Overhearing stories from old fishermen about a metal man and putting this with a trail of destruction in to the woods, Horgath discovers and befriends an Iron Giant. With the help of Dean, the local scrap metal merchant, he protects the Giant from FBI and army interests as both learn the value of friendship.

I’ve wanted to watch this film for years (mainly due to it being the directorial debut of Brad Bird) and I wasn’t disappointed. The Iron Giant is animated but it’s not a film solely for kids. Unlike Disney classics, there is on-screen death (in a nod to Bambi, we actually witness the death of his “mother”) and adult problems (a single mother trying to look after her inquisitive son) with an underlying feeling of dread that things may not turn out for the best. I really enjoyed The Iron Giant – it’s fun, it has a big heart and the animation is superb – I watched it on DVD, when it is released on blu-ray I would imagine it will look fantastic. It’s a quaint tale of boy meeting robot, becoming best friends and trying to save the day.

If you like this then maybe try:

The Incredibles (Bird’s next film, focusing on retired superheroes and their family), Coraline (a fairy tale for adults)