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Does Marvel's gamble with different vibe for “Guardians of the Galaxy” pay off?

POSTED: August 10, 2014 1:00 p.m.
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Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), from left, Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel), Rocket Racoon (Voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

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In 2008 Marvel released “Iron Man” and since then, they have released many films in the Marvel universe that all seem to have the same vibe and feel to them. Who can argue, though, they have found a recipe for success and audiences love it. Then came “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

From the trailers alone, you knew “Guardians of the Galaxy” was not going to be your typical Marvel movie. I have never read the comic and did not know what to expect. A talking raccoon and a tree that walks and talks? Written and directed by James Gunn, the same guy who wrote the “Scooby-Doo” movies, it just did not seem to be a combination for a great movie. It looked like “Star Wars” meets “Fantastic Four.”

Boy, was I wrong. In what may be one of the biggest surprises of the year, “Guardians of the Galaxy” might be one of the most entertaining movies you have seen all year. It may also be the most fun you have had at a movie all summer as well. It is like the crazy person you meet at a party that is so crazy and full of life but at the same time weirdly funny that you could listen to them blab on for hours.

This was not your typical Marvel movie. It was goofy, hilarious, crazy fun and action-packed. It took a lot of risk by breaking away from the formulaic Marvel movies before it, and it was a breath of fresh air. The comedy in this film was much different than the jokes you hear in “The Avengers” or “Captain America.” It was quirky and bizarre, but that is what made it funny. Don’t worry, though, because you will still see tons of explosions and incredible action sequences. But the goofy comedy from the great characters are what drive this film.

Chris Pratt, better known as Andy Dwyer on “Parks and Recreation," plays Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord. He is fantastic in the movie and shows that he is on his way to becoming one of the biggest actors in the industry. The supporting cast is great as well. One concern for me was how would they pull off a walking and talking raccoon called Rocket. Well thanks to some awesome CGI and great voiceover work by Bradley Cooper, the filmmakers were able to nail it. The rest of the cast, including WWE wrestler Dave Bautista, nailed their parts as well.

I got to hand it to Marvel for letting James Gunn make a movie that was so different from the others. It was a gamble, and it paid off big time.

The film does have it flaws, but you are to busy having fun and laughing to notice. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is well worth the time, especially in a lackluster summer we are having. You can hear a full breakdown of the movie in this week's Flix Junkies podcast, where we all agree that the comedy and quirkiness of the characters are what make this one entertaining movie.

Curtis Linnell is a communications graduate from Brigham Young University and writes for ok.com

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