Guardians of the Galaxy is pleasing as far as pure entertainment goes. It's funny and we get the good team action film that we have been waiting on since Marvel's The Avengers. However, the storyline is missing a lot of the "why do we care?" We are so wrapped up in the jokes that it distracts us from the fact that not a whole lot is happening. There is seldom any inclusion of character depth besides when death or the thought of someone dying occurs. And the parts of the dialogue that aren't written for laughs are elementary and bland. The battle scenes don't drag on, but at the same time we don't feel a whole lot of satisfaction when the villain gets defeated. And his motives aren't nearly explored enough. The only reason why the script gets any points is because of its consistent tone and the fact that I did laugh a lot. It is irreverent to a fault and never leaves us bored. The whole time I couldn't stop thinking that this movie has the quirkiness of an '80s or '90s film with modern day humor and effects.
The acting is hit or miss. Chris Pratt, John C. Reilly, and Glenn Close (who is barely seen) are the ones that stand out, but the rest are average.
Overall, I enjoyed this film for what is was. I liked it for its irreverence and inability to take itself seriously, but not for the storyline at all. I see it more as a comedy than as a high-concept action flick. And I'm sure the humor will hold up when rewatching it.
Twizard Rating: 84