This year there was a clear winner in the summer blockbuster competition – Guardians of the Galaxy. The latest entry in the Marvel universe ran was number 1 at the box office for most of the summer, proving to be far and away the people’s choice for their favourite hit of the year.
What made it even better was that the film wasn’t just a success in the public’s eyes, it was also getting top reviews from the critics too! Few films recently have walked the fine line between popcorn munching entertainment and intelligent, deliberate film-making. Guardians of the Galaxy achieved this and more! It recently overtook Iron Man to become Marvel’s 3rd highest grossing film of all time (2nd to Avengers and Iron Man 3). It also currently sits at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not bad at all!
The first 15 or 20 minutes are a roller-coaster of bizarre characters, fantastic new settings and the scene-setting for quite a ludicrous space adventure. It’s important to remember that you do not need to have seen any of the other Marvel films to understand and enjoy the film. There are some linking minor characters but nothing that impacts on the plot of this film.
It will be interesting to see how Marvel ties this film into the others in the next phase of the Marvel universe, primarily because it had a very different feel to the film. It is very self-aware, jokey and never takes itself too seriously. At times, it’s almost like watching a cartoon, and although you need to suspend your disbelief several times throughout, the whole thing is just so much fun that its worth it. From the second Redbone’s Come and Get Your Love plays as Pratt starts dancing around an alien planet, using local rodent life as a pretend microphone – you realise that this isn’t going to be super serious sci-fi fare.
But now to the main strength of the film – its star player, the Star Lord himself. How on Earth did Chris Pratt go from being lovable but chunky Andy Dwyer, fan favourite from Parks and Recreation to being super-ripped leading man of Guardians of the Galaxy. And more importantly – can a normal human achieve such change!? Pratt lost the belly and found those abs in just 6 months. It seems impossible to me!
The film is full of special effects, explosions, talking trees and humanoid racoons, but you’ll be surprised to hear that Chris Pratt’s abs are 100% genuine. Chris has done a few interviews with Men’s Fitness and other magazines, describing how he made the transformation. Needless to say, it sounds like a lot of work. We have done some of the work for you and assembled a short list of everything you will need.
1. 6 months with no other commitments (i.e. no work, no family)
2. No more beer or fatty food.
3. A personal trainer.
6. The pressure of being leading man in next summer’s biggest movie.
Hmm, that sounds like a lot of work. On second thought, I’ll just stick to being an audience member. More popcorn? Yes please!