feedingbrett’s review published on Letterboxd:
Review In A Nutshell:
Charming in its pop-culture inspirations and 70s heavy soundtrack, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy brings forth a daring chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that manages to bring more surprises and joy than it does with the shortcomings that it scarcely carries. Sure, still guided under the Marvel/Disney brand, Guardians of the Galaxy still has its fair share of familiar footsteps with synonymous films, but knowing that this was Marvel’s wild card, and placing Gunn in the helm, allows the chains to be looser than they usually are. Introducing the audience to this band of anti-heroes, and witnessing their clashing personalities and motivations to slowly gel into a singular and focused unit, is a delight that easily trumps the similar character arcs that were presented in Joss Whedon’s Avengers. Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2-hour trip that provides the laughs, thrill, and awe that it loudly markets.