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Guardians of the Galaxy: A wise-cracking, summer blockbuster

by Jenny Leow
Issue No. 2415

Rocket Raccoon

Rocket Raccoon


Marvel’s newest caper Guardians of the Galaxy abounds with slapstick and wise-cracking comedy. 

The heroes are perhaps the most mismatched to date. They include a genetically engineered raccoon, a tree, and a blue man with no understanding of figurative language. 

The film is punctuated with bursts of cheesy pop music. This adds to the overwhelming sense that while the fate of the universe is at stake, it doesn’t mean there’s no fun to be had.

The characters are well-drawn, and only feel occasionally shoehorned in amid the humour and moments of tenderness. The tale of these blue, green and furry superheroes is one you can engage in. 

I really found myself rooting for them to succeed by the final scenes. However, some of the tropes used in the film are reactionary.

The generally darker, religious and savage villains wear robes and face paint. This contrasts to the lighter, ordered Xandarians typified by Glenn Close as their militarised leader Nova Prime. 

Zoe Saldana as Gamora is objectified with gratuitous lingering shots of her figure. But as problematic as these aspects undoubtedly are, Guardians of the Galaxy remains a thoroughly entertaining summer blockbuster.

Guardians of the Galaxy. Directed by James Gunn. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Out now

 


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Tue 5 Aug 2014, 19:21 BST
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