‘Guardians’ shows how big Marvel Universe really is

By Raffaele Fusulan
A&E Editor

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is definitely a must watch movie for all superhero fans and comic book lovers. The movie expands the Marvel Universe, which is a big step for their corner of the movie
industry. Recent Marvel movies are focused on the more famous superheroes, such as “Iron Man,” “Spider-Man,” and “Thor.” The superheroes that go under the nickname of “Guardians of the Galaxy” are less popular. Nonetheless their story is just as amazing and their debut on the big screen is well deserved.

The plot gave an overall understanding of who these heroes are and what their origins are. Star-Lord, otherwise known as Peter Quill and played by Chris Pratt, was portrayed very well to what the actual character is like. He is funny and reckless, but always has an ace up his sleeve. The other human played characters were Gamora and Drax the Destroyer, portrayed by Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista accordingly. Each character has its unique features and the movie pays a lot of attention to details.

The two computer-generated- imagery (CGI) characters are Rocket Racoon and Groot and the voices that represent them are Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. Bradley Cooper fits perfectly in his role as Rocket because he is constantly sarcastic and restless with jokes. Immediately, and throughout the movie, you will notice that the vocabulary of Groot is extremely limited but Vin Diesel still manages to read his line with the right tone for each circumstance. His one liner, instead of getting boring and repetitive actually becomes more and more funny as the movie progresses.

From the mask of Star-Lord to the tree branches covering Groot, the movie made sure that it could get as detailed as possible.

The cast did a really good job throughout the movie. They were entertaining because you could see how well they got along together. Some scenes felt like they were more part of a comedy movie rather than an action one, which was an interesting approach. The multitude of jokes and funny quotes never felt redundant; in fact they helped to keep the movie entertaining for all kinds of audiences.

The special effects in the movie were really well designed. The visual effects looked very sharp from the tiniest explosion to the more massive ones. Color contrast throughout the movie was used smartly and in fact, more than once it can be noticed how colorful or dramatic the CGI effects were used.

The cost to make the movie was about $170 million. The box office revenue right now is an astonishing $502 million, skyrocketing the movie way past the recently released “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

There are a lot of easter eggs throughout the movie that if you are familiar with the Marvel Universe you should see relatively easy.

For the casual viewer, instead the movie narrates a story on how superheroes are not located just on Earth but all over the galaxy. It shows how truly big the Marvel Universe is.

Raffaele Fusulan is the editor of The Arts for The Spectator. He can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.