Chris Pratt as Peter Quill
Zoe Saldana as Gamora
Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer
Vin Diesel as Groot
Bradley Cooper as Rocket
Michael Rooker as Yondo
In theaters August 1, 2014
4 out of 5
It’s 1988 and Peter Quill is a scared little boy at his mother’s death bed. He runs from her bedside only to be abducted by aliens. Fast forward twenty-six years later, Peter is one of the Ravagers who are space scavengers. He has gone off on his own to retrieve an artifact, one that it seems a lot of people want to get their hands on—including a fanatical warlord named Ronan. Ronan has sent Gamora, one of his assassins to retrieve it, but while she’s trying to get the orb from Quill, there are two bounty hunters out to get Peter and the orb sent by Yondo, head of the Ravagers. The bounty hunters that get caught up with Quill just happen to be a genetically engineered racoon named Rocket and a tree creature named Groot. They are all arrested and sent to the Klyn, a maximum security prison. They are all confronted by a prisoner named Drax who has an ax to grind with Ronan and tries to take it out on Gamora. This band of misfits realize that there’s a bigger picture here. If Ronin gets his hands on that orb, then end of the world, the end of the universe will be within his grasp. It’s up to this band of misfits to save the galaxy.
Guardians of the Galaxy is an interesting entry into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). It takes its roots from the Guardians of the Galaxy team from the 2008 comics and not the team from 1969. This movie is the closest personal experience that I have ever come to seeing a Marvel comic on the screen. This movie actually felt like I was reading a Marvel comic from my youth, with all the sarcasm, humor, and action. There was so much action and humor that filled the picture! Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) and Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek) were solid in their lead performances, but the supporting cast is where the gold is. WWE wrestler Dave Batista was humorous and deadly as Drax. The tree creature Groot was voiced by Vin Diesel, who only had three words: I am Groot, but he delivered them with such conviction that you knew what he meant when he spoke. Bradley Cooper as Rocket the raccoon, walked away with the whole movie, hands down. He was a foul-mouthed, dirty old man in the body of a raccoon, and he was brilliant!
There’s a galaxy of stars in this movie, such as Karen Gillian (Amy Pond from “Doctor Who”), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), Djimon Hounsou, John C. Riley, Peter Serafinowicz, Glen Close, Beniceo del Toro, and Josh Brolin, who provides the motion capture and the voice of ultimate baddie, Thanos. There is a fabulous soundtrack for those of us from another time. It’s kind of what holds Peter together. The kids may not get the music, but mom and dad will love it.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a great popcorn movie and a great movie for those who are looking for a new MCU franchise to sink their teeth into. And it was said that the Guardians will come again. It’s a great time at the movies whether you are a Marvel geek or not. If you are truly an old-school Marvel geek, you should run not walk to see this movie.
Check out the trailer for “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY” below: