H:5 Team movies are undeniably fun, and they become even more so when you get to watch them struggle through their differences for the first half of the film. The witty banter highlighting the differences between Gamora and Drax, or between Rocket and Quill, are part of what makes this film so funny. But that doesn’t take away from how much they grow as a team, leading to their literally unity being what saves the universe.
V:1 Alas, another great movie that could have been made even better by a stronger villain. I never believed in Ronan the Accuser’s plot for revenge, probably because he kept spouting off about the injustices done to him without any evidence of such injustice anywhere else in the galaxy. Maybe if we had seen Kree being oppressed on Xandar it would have been different. Thanos (who incidentally is the reason this movie scores a 2 instead of a 1 for villains, because he’s just so fun to watch in anticipation of Infinity Wars) highlighted the villain problem himself: “Your politics bore me. Your demeanor is that of a pouty child.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, Thanos.
U:5 Part of what makes this movie so unbelievably successful is how unique it is. I mean, come on, it’s like a space opera with main characters of a tree and a raccoon! Yet somehow it works! The huge variety of alien species, the epic fights combined with great one-liners, and the simple fact that this movie takes place in space instead of on Earth (unless you count the first five minutes) makes it hugely unique in the Marvel universe. (And no, Thor doesn’t count as being in space. Asgard is its own thing)
S:5 The secondary characters truly shine in Guardians. The audience actually cares about a slave girl that we meet for like five minutes and are sad when she commits suicide. We care about Yondu, despite him being a sketchy guy and having a ridiculous name. We even care about The Broker with his crazy eyebrows. And we especially care about John C. Riley’s hilarious Corpsman Dey, who is reunited with his pink-skinned wife and daughter we didn’t know he had in a strangely heart-warming montage.
M:5 This film is packed to the brim with memorable moments. The opening scene basically is the saddest opener for an otherwise-happy movie since Up. And the movie is so filled with great one-liners I don’t even know where to start – “Who put the sticks up their butts? That is cruel” or “Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it” or “So what if it’s better than 11%?”. And can you ever forget the biggest memorable scene of them all – “We are Groot.” Chills.
Final Score: 21 – Marvel has this uncanny ability to take the most ridiculous sounding premises and make them awesome. Imagine not having seen Guardians of the Galaxy, and hearing about a movie whose main characters are one human, a green alien, a grey alien, a talking tree, and a raccoon, who go on a space adventure to save the universe from a purple gem. Sounds so crazy dumb! But somehow, each and every time, Marvel-stiltskin manages to take dumb premises and spin them into gold.