The Great Chris Debate: In Praise of Chris Pratt

As superhero movies have become a larger and larger part of our popular culture, a question has vexed fans and scholars alike.  Which of the cinematic superhero Chrises is the greatest Chris of all??  Now, three incredible blogs and four intrepid bloggers have banded together to try and definitively answer this daunting question.  Nancy and Kathleen of Graphic Novelty2, Kalie of Just Dread-full, and yours truly are going to get to the bottom of this.  So fasten your seatbelts as we spend the next few days exploring all things Chris…although, sadly for my collaborators, I don’t know if we’ll need more than one post.  Because I’ve solved it.  It’s Chris Pratt for the win – easy.  No contest.  Game.  Set.  Match.  Now here’s why.

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Take a few moments to catch your breath…I know, he’s hot. / Photo Credit – Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Let’s get this out of the way first.  The man is gorgeous.  I’ve been hardcore man-crushing on Chris Pratt since his days as Andy on Parks and Recreation.  Those eyes!  That smile!  His sense of humor!  Sure, Chris Evans can hold a helicopter in place and Chris Hemsworth is a god and Chris Pine wooed Wonder Woman…but Chris Pratt is the whole package.  He has that certain je ne sais quoi the others are lacking.  (Fun fact: the French phrase je ne sais quoi (which refers to an indescribable quality that makes something undeniably appealing or attractive) was invented to describe Chris Pratt.  Don’t google it or anything, just trust me.)  Also, his superhero suit is the sexiest too!  No one walks around in a cape, star-spangled leotard, or WWII bomber uniform/tight orange shirt (save cosplayers) in their day-to-day life.  But that Star Lord jacket and ironic space candy t-shirt?  That’s hot.  It’s sexy superhero chic that’s functional too!  You can wear it anytime you want mad props for looking fly.

Sexiness Point – Chris Pratt

Of all the Chrises in contention, Chris Pratt is the one you’d most like to hang out with too.  And while that’s a terrible criterion for judging who to vote for (see the conversations before and results of the 2000 U.S. presidential election) it’s the exact sort of criteria needed in pop culture debates like this.  He’s this fun, funny, lovable goofball who finds an infectious amount of joy in life.  AND THE MAN CAN DANCE.  He’s also the type of guy who stole his Star Lord costume from the set of Guardians Of The Galaxy way back in 2014 so, on the off chance the film/character was a hit, he could visit children in hospitals, helping him earn The Mary Sue’s title of “being a perfect human being.”

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C’mon, try to tell me that you don’t want to hug him forever. / Photo Credit – Parks and Recreation

The fun and humor of Chris Pratt can’t be underrated because what’s life without laughter??  When Peter Travers called Thor: Ragnarök, “The most fun you’ll ever have at a Marvel movie” (something never said about the Chrises Evans or Pine so they automatically lose here) he was clearly forgetting about Guardians Of The Galaxy (something Thor: Ragnarök clearly modelled with its cosmic vision and comedic tone).  I defy you to tell me this isn’t the single greatest opening to any superhero movie ever:

Our cultural attention spans are short, but remember, this moment let everyone know Guardians Of The Galaxy was different.  This scene made the world fall in love with Chris Pratt.  His charisma was such that he got the whole world to care about a character no one had really heard of before the film came out.  Captain America?  Thor?  Steve Trevor?  Captain Kirk?  Oh yeah, big deal.  They’re all HUGE characters with established histories and titles.  But Chris Pratt was the only one bold and brilliant enough to venture into uncharted waters and turn the unknown into a bankable pop culture touchstone.  Sure, everyone loves Star Lord now but we love him because of Chris Pratt and the importance of that can’t be overstated!

Personality Point – Chris Pratt

Of all the superheroes these men play, Chris Pratt plays the most emotionally complex character too (which, naturally, asks the most of the actor who plays him).  When he’s still a boy, Peter Quill loses his mom to cancer only to be abducted by Yondu Udonta and his Ravagers moments later.  He grows up roaming the seediest, most dangerous parts of space with no knowledge of his father and no connection to the family he left behind.  This is every bit as tragic as Batman or Spider-Man’s origin stories…if not more so!  Yet Peter doesn’t become an angry, emotionally stunted man nor does he glumly carry the weight of the world on his shoulders.  It’s quite the contrary in fact.  He still finds the joy and fun in life and his heart and soul will help unite the Guardians – a group of losers, loners, outcasts, and misfits – as they grow into a very real family.

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We are family! / Photo Credit – Avengers: Infinity War

On the family note, Chris Pratt’s Guardians Of The Galaxy films have the most important message of any superhero movies we have.  They show that family – forged of those we are bonded to in and through love – is an idea that can grow to include strangers, enemies, and those we don’t fully understand.  Sure, Chris Evans plays incorruptible morality, Chris Hemsworth plays the bridge between the human and the divine, and Chris Pine plays selfless sacrifice…but showing us how to find true family in friends, strangers, and even perceived enemies?  This is what the world needs and Chris Pratt delivers.

Plus, do we all remember the very first image from the very first behind the scenes look at Avengers: Infinity War?  Who was in it?  Why RDJ of course (the heart of the MCU), Tom Holland (who plays Spider-Man, Marvel’s most popular character), and CHRIS PRATT (because – BOOM – he’s the best/most important Chris they have).

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Hmm…do we see Cap or Thor here, in the very first image?  No, I don’t think we do.  Curious. / Photo Credit – Avengers: Infinity War Behind-the-Scenes video

Most Important Superhero Point – Chris Pratt

As Peter Quill he’s cocky and snarky while also being goofy, tender, vulnerable, and brave.  This diversity is something that shines through in all his roles.  He was the best part of The Seven Year Engagement as well as Delivery Man.  His role in the already incredible Her showed his depth and sensitivity in a brand new way too.  He put so much heart into the goofball Andy Dwyer on Parks and Rec, and he’s anchoring THREE major franchises in Guardians Of The Galaxy, Jurassic World, and The LEGO Movie.  What other Chris can do that?

Best Actor Point – Chris Pratt

Let’s not over look his importance in the tech savvy world in which we live either.  By that I mean he’s ALREADY given us a gif with the cultural importance and great-for-any-occasion status most celebrities can spend their whole career trying to achieve.

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He’s the ONLY Marvel Cinematic Chris to score a perfect “Snog Record” in MTV’s “Snog, Marry, Avoid” game.

He’s the most musically inclined of the Chrises, fronting his own band – the epic Mouse Rat – in Parks and Rec and expressing the deepest longings of the human heart through the majesty of song.

On that note, he loves a good Chris Team-Up and can also do the lift from Dirty Dancing (well, sort of).  Plus, Jimmy Kimmel isn’t going to let just anyone fill in for him, you know?  But Chris Pratt has it covered.

He’s brilliant too!  Can any of our other Chrises solve a freaking Rubic’s Cube in under three minutes WHILE being interviewed??  No.  And because he’s CHRIS FREAKIN’ PRATT he also dances with Baby Groot in the same clip.

All Around Awesomeness Point – Chris Pratt

So, by my count, that’s Chris Pratt: 5, every other Chris: 0.  Don’t feel bad though other Chrises.  He is “a perfect human being.”  He’s also kind of an a-hole but not (and I’m quoting here) 100% a dick.  But I am too.  We all are sometimes.  Even so, Chris Pratt shows us all how to be super.

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You sir are one glorious, gorgeous, hilarious, and big-hearted specimen of a perfect man. / Photo Credit – Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

The Chris fun continues!  Check out the other compelling arguments in this series:

Kathleen’s post – The Great Chris Debate! Part 2: Chris Evans

Kalie’s post – The Great Chris Debate: In Defense of Chris Hemsworth

Nancy’s post – The Great Chris Debate! Part 4: Chris Pine

 

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18 thoughts on “The Great Chris Debate: In Praise of Chris Pratt

  1. It’s going to take something truly tremendous to challenge this masterpiece of an opening gambit.

    Chris Pratt, as you have perfectly detailed, is a fantastic human being who has given me many fond moments be it as Emmett, Andy or Peter. I could have done without reliving the emotional rollercoaster that was 5000 candles in the wind but I do appreciate the trip down memory lane so thank you (I need to revisit Parks and Rec)

    As ever, a great post!

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    1. Haha, thank you! This was a lot of fun to write. Clearly I’m with you, I think the choice is clear :). But the excitement will continue tomorrow with our next installment!

      And sorry for the unexpected emotional hit but I love, love, love that you share my passion for “5000 Candles in the Wind.” Ahh Li’l Sebastian…how we miss you!

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      1. I look forward to seeing where this debate goes. I anticipate some equally fantastic arguments lie ahead.

        5000 Candles in the Wind acted as a reflection of just how wonderful Parks and Rec is. I don’t think any other Chris could have made care quite as much as I did about the passing of a fictional horse, not that he is need of any more defence.

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      2. Um, we can never have TOO MUCH PRAISE for Chris Pratt. And I think your line “I don’t think any other Chris could have made me care quite as much as I did about the passing of a fictional horse” is sort of the perfect way to sum up his brilliance. I love it.

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  2. You have made a strong argument for Pratt, plus he is easy on the eyes and has a great sense of humor…but he will fall by the wayside once I prove that Chris Pine is the BEST of all the Chrises. Sorry (not sorry).

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  3. I can’t follow this!!! I couldn’t possibly!!! Not even the splendor that is Chris Evans can top your wonderful post 😭😭😭 Though, I guess you could say the conciseness of my post could be attributed to me looking into his gorgeous eyes too long to focus on writing! ;D

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  4. Okay, I’ll give it to you, this is good. I am particularly excited that you used the term je ne sais quoi. You definitely make a case for Chris Pratt with lively, persuasive writing. Lucky for me, Chris Hemsworth doesn’t need an extra writing skill to validate his near-perfection. It speaks for itself – as a few scribbled paragraphs from me will clearly demonstrate tomorrow.

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    1. AMEN! I’m happy to hear you’re standing with me in the Great Chris Debate and we’re happy to have you on Team Pratt. Woo! ‘Parks and Rec’ is such a great show. I need to re-watch it sometime soon. Maybe this summer…

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