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Marvel at new darker, funnier superhero
Published 18/08/14

IT’S got to be good news when your film is barely out of the box office charts and critics are already calling for a sequel.

Guardians of the Galaxy topped UK charts when it was released at the end of last month, proving Marvel Studios’ gamble in adapting a relatively unknown comic book series had paid off.Described by Marvel Comics as ‘The Future Avengers’, Guardians of the Galaxy tells the story of a rag-tag band of misfits, brought together by common adversity. When leader Peter ‘Star-Lord’ Quill, along with his sidekick Drax the Destroyer, steals a powerful orb he becomes a target for the villainous Ronan.

So he joins forces with other bandits to form an alliance known as the Guardians of the Galaxy.

An eclectic cast portray the most eclectic mix of Marvel characters yet, including Gamora, the assassin, played by Zoe Saldana painted green, Groot the walking tree, voiced expertly by Vin Diesel and Rocket the raccoon-like alien, brought to life with the voice of Bradley Cooper.

Chris Pratt, best known for his role in Parks and Recreation, transformed himself into an action-hero to become Star-Lord and as a result looks every inch the likeable rogue.

Drax the Destroyer, played by Dave Bautista, underwent hours in make-up to create the tattooed man mountain who is Star-Lord’s constant companion.

Marvel took a risk in bringing a crew which the film itself describes as ‘a bunch of A-holes’ to life. Heck, the so-called superheroes don’t even have super powers. As long as you’re not counting being green or being a talking tree.

But with a line-up of characters who have many human flaws perhaps anti-superheroes have found their place.Director James Gunn offers something different in the genre, which brings a welcome fresh perspective.

And with characters like Star-Lord and green Gamora you really can’t go wrong.

Film: Guardians of the Galaxy

Certificate: (12A)

Director: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close

PUBLISHED 18/08/14

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