I’m probably going to be a little bias when it comes to this film. If you’ve been reading this here blog site thing for a while you may know that I’m a bit of a fan of James Gunn. Super was easily my favourite film of 2012 and that he managed to write a remake of Dawn of the Dead that didn’t suck means he should have won some sort of medal. Hell, it’s probably the only good, non-comedy, zombie film for decades. James works best on the fringes and here he’s been given one of Marvel’s more obscure groups of characters to present to an audience that, mostly, will have never heard of them at all. From the looks of the trailer Marvel isn’t going to be holding back on the spectacle required of Guardians of the Galaxy and it seems James Gunn’s visual style and sense of humour is making it through intact. Basically, I like what I see. Click the link below to see the trailer.
Looks pretty cool huh? I’m loving the cast for this. I have no doubts that Gunn was given free reign to go after whoever he wanted and Marvel accommodated. The film features Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreations, The LEGO Movie), Zoe Saldana all painted green, Karen Gillan all painted blue, Dave Bautista all painted a sort of grey and red… i guess they didn’t want 2 green characters. Vin Diesel is the voice of Groot, the giant tree man, whilst Bradley Cooper is providing the voice of Rocket Racoon… he’s the Racoon. Add to that we’ll have John C Reilly, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, Djimon Housou, Benicio Del Toro and, as seen in the trailer, Peter Serafinowicz. That’s quite the nerd dream come true.
It’s pretty incredible that it takes Marvel of all studios to take a risk on unknown characters like this. But keep in mind that when Iron Man was released he wasn’t the huge name with the casual audiences that he is now and with that one film they launched this huge runaway train of superhero fun. After the next Avengers film there is going to be Ant-Man and Dr Strange films. If those two films, along with Guardians of the Galaxy all do well maybe a few other studios will be willing to take the odd risk. Maybe then I’ll get the Megas XLR film I’ve always wanted.