Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
I am not a comic book guy, or a comic book movie guy by extension. I was only mildly interested in the genre at its peak, and now that it is on the downswing, I am even less so. That said, Guardians of the Galaxy was for me, the equivalent of American Hustle, if said movie happened in a crazy Wild West version of outer space. This movie is just insane amounts of fun. The soundtrack of course is a huge part of that, as it was with American Hustle, but the characters are the main reason to see this movie. Dave Bautista was a hoot as Drax the Destroyer. He had perfect delivery for every line. Bradley Cooper was equally amusing as an animal version of Han Solo, and Chris Pratt turned out to be a great choice for the leading man. Zoe Saldana is beautiful in any color (green this time around) and even Merle from the Walking Dead pops up in a great outlaw role. Never mind the space western plot, which is tired, but good mind you, the reason to see this is for the refreshing irreverence and the great attention to detail. While it most likely will become a franchise, this movie seemed the farthest thing possible from “corporate comic book film”, it had life, vibrancy, and edginess. And did I mention the soundtrack is really, really awesome?