Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Director: James Gunn
Writers: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Production Companies: Marvel Studios, Moving Picture Company
Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper
Genre: Action/ Adventure/ Science Fiction

What It’s About: Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser. (from IMDB)

How I Watched It: In a mostly empty theater. Afternoon.

Thoughts: Okay, I figure everyone and their Mom has seen this movie, but I’ll try to spare the spoilers anyway.  So, you’ve got a really depressing scene right off the bat. We see young Peter Quill visiting his mother in a hospital while she’s on her deathbed. BUMMER. We do get a small cameo appearance by Gregg Henry as Grandpa. I was expecting some sort of cameo from the cast of Slither, knowing that was also directed by James Gunn. We actually get Michael Rooker in a decent-sized supporting role as well.  Too bad he wasn’t reprising his role as Grant Grant.  😄

But I digress.  So, his Mom dies pretty much within the first five minutes of the movie, and he’s sad, and decides to run away from his troubles, so he runs outside…and is immediately abducted by some sort of UFO.  Then flash forward about 20-odd years into the future, and we see the slightly matured (emphasis on slightly) Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord (Pratt) going to explore some sort of cavern. But before he can do that, he has to start up his walkman and listen to his Awesome Mix No. 1. I’ll touch on that more later. The main thing here, is that we see just who Peter Quill is–quirky, silly, and frickin’ adorable. We also quickly discover that he’s some sort of scavenger/thief.

He steals this mysterious orb and almost immediately gets caught by this guy named Korath (Djimon Hounsou) and his henchmen, but he manages to escape. Korath then goes and reports to Ronan (Lee Pace) and we discover the importance of the orb. Ronan wants to send his daughter Nebula (Karen Gillan) to retrieve the orb, but his other daughter Gamora (Saldana) volunteers instead.  (“I volunteer as tribute!” Heh.)

Quill tries to go sell the orb to a goods dealer, but at the mention of Ronan’s involvement, he turns him away.  Leaving the shop, Quill is not only pursued by Gamora, but by bounty hunters Rocket Raccoon (Cooper) and Groot (Diesel)–turns out Star-Lord’s got a bounty on his head. They raise a whole bunch of commotion and end up getting arrested by local law enforcement, getting themselves thrown into jail together. In jail, they meet Drax (Bautista), and long story short: they team up to become a quirky band of misfits.  Their mission?  Save the galaxy.

This is a really fun ride, however, I must say that this movie was supremely over-hyped for me.  That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the movie–I did.  Just…do me a favor, friends…let people go into movies with minimal expectations.  Mkay?  Good.

That being said: great story, great acting, GREAT SOUNDTRACK.  The soundtrack is honestly my favorite thing about this entire film. Sweet swingin’ tunes from the ’70s. We got a taste of the soundtrack in all of the promos released that used “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede, but little did we know how FRICKIN’ AWESOME the soundtrack in its entirety would be.  For a list of tracks/samples you can check out the digital album here on Amazon.

Chris Pratt is a fantastic leading man.  While I may slightly prefer him as the chubby numb-skull Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation, you can’t help but enjoy watching the guy–he’s always entertaining as hell. He’s the perfect leader for this motley crew of misfits. It doesn’t hurt that he’s incredibly attractive either.  😉

Zoe Saldana always plays such strong feminine roles and kicks so much ass–I really appreciate that about her.  Gamora was great, in that she balanced out the silliness of Quill.  I apparently missed a key moment between her and Quill when I ran to the bathroom at the theater.  All I know is that it involved Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose”, so I look forward to finding out what I missed when it comes to video.

Lots of great little cameo roles for some great actors too.  We see the likes of John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, and Peter Serafinowicz.

My Rating: Huzzah!

If you haven’t already seen this, you should definitely go out and see it if you still can, or at least catch it when it comes to video.  A fun ride for all ages…as long as you’re okay with your kids watching a PG-13 movie.

Where Can I Watch It?: If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch this one in a theater, but if not, you’ll have to wait until this one hits home video formats.