Sunday, 7 May 2017

At the Movies 6 - Me and Squid - "The Guardians of the Galaxy"

In light of recent comic book related films, what with 'Logan' stealing all the kudos for being so realistic and how 'The Avengers' have been stealing into the hearts of millions with their knockabout Mighty Marvel at its stereotypical best, then 'Guardians of the Galaxy' has a long way to go to better those movies and yet....

'Guardians,' or so it strikes me, is a merging of 'Star Wars' with the superhero genre. A series of improbable events set in deep space with a cast of Marvel characters that are both weird and quirky. There's no guarantee that this idea will work but it does. Why? I mean, this film is adolescent  at best, juvenile even, an adventure filled with Sci-Fi hi-jinks, often silly yet something quite irresistible pulses from it. The sheer fun it exudes prevents it from dallying long on anything negative. It is exuberant but it also contains pathos. The two rescue this, the second film in the franchise from being utter drivel and push it high on the register of comic books turned film. It is a thoroughly good film that had us laughing, sighing, hanging on to the edge of our seats before weeping at its touching conclusion.

The laughs come aplenty. I am talking belly-laughs that had the whole cinema audience rolling about. The story features a planet that is as old as the galaxy itself but which has grown lonely being unable to find anyone, anything at all like itself. How many planets do you know have a personality? The planet takes the form of a humanoid called Ego and is played superbly by Kurt Russell.last seen in 'The Hateful Eight.' Ego visits other planets, chiefly those containing life forms similar to Earths where he attempts to impregnate unsuspecting females with the sole purpose of gifting him  a son, an heir. He finds the woman he seeks on Earth who gives birth to his son, Chris Pratt. Ego has god-like abilities unfortunately though doesn't have the associated morals. He only wants a son so the two of them can turn every planet in the known universe into clones of themselves all so that Ego no longer need be lonely. As I said, juvenile stuff but in the hands of Director James Gunn.

The cast of unlikely's include both Kurt Russell, as baddie Ego and Sly Stone but also Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel as the lovable,  babyish Groot ('I Am Groot') Bradley Cooper as the risk taking, slightly bonkers, Rocket, Scotland's lovely ex-Doctor Who assistant Karen Gillan, the wonderfully stoic, if slightly rude, Drax as performed by Dave Bautista, Drax's love interest and punchbag Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debiki, Sean Gunn, Chris Sullivan and of course Michael Rooker.

Worth the money spent of tickets, sweets and coke-a-cola. We loved it. Can't wait for the DVD release so we can watch it again.

After the film we, bearing in mind Squid likes her food, shot over to Nandos for a bite to eat. We always have the same meals. Don't know why but I guess we likes what we likes. For Squid Peri-Peri Chicken and for me a spicy soya burger with tomato, spring onion, green chilli and a dash of cayenne pepper both washed down with glasses of coke which come, American style, on tap. Lovely jubbly. 
Russell Cuts the Corn From The Brewers Whiskers.

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