Rocket Is A Mad, Brilliant Bastard
Rocket’s love for big damn guns has been hammered home repeatedly in the early Guardians material, but there’s a lot more to him than that. He is very clearly “the brains of the outfit.” He’s the one who concocts the whole prison break, and even more impressively, he’s already got it worked out within a couple of minutes of the soon-to-be Guardians entering the “common area” of the Kyln. It’s a multi-part plan and he has jobs for everybody, and it probably would have gone off even smoother than it does had Groot not inadvertently sped up the timetable just by trying to help. The bit in the recent trailer where Rocket makes fun of Quill for having a plan is more than just an easy punchline — plans are something Rocket is damn good at.
Gunn has called Rocket the heart of the movie, and that’s on perfect display in the preview footage: Rocket is smart, funny, capable, and completely convincing and sympathetic in a way that proves this particular space raccoon isn’t just a goofy premise for its own sake. Cooper’s performance as Rocket is also strong, with “Rocket voice” being different enough from the actor’s normal speech that it isn’t distracting. Rocket isn’t “Bradley Cooper as Rocket” — he’s just Rocket. As the little guy likes to remind us, “Ain’t no thing like me, except me!” You better believe it.