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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Review

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Specs from IMDB.com:

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.

Director: James Gunn

Writers: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman, 2 more credits »

Stars: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper | See full cast and crew »

Taglines: When things get bad, they’ll do their worst. See more »

Genres: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language | See all certifications »

Official Sites: Official Facebook | Official site

Runtime: 121 min

 

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

When Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) was young he was abducted by aliens, 26 years later, he is a sort of outlaw trying to make a name for himself (specifically, the name Star Lord) as he comes across a rare artifact worth a lot of money to a few powerful individuals.  One problem, the crazed fanatic of the Kree world, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) wants this cryptic device for unknown purposes and sends Gamora (Zoe Saldana) to retrieve Star Lord when his men fail to capture him.  Because Star Lord crossed one of the guys he works for, bounty hunters are after him for a big reward, Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and his big walking tree buddy, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), try to nab him.  All of these outcasts get thrown into prison, only to meet up with Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) who has a personal beef with Ronan.  They all come together (mostly for money, except Gamora and Drax) to take the orb to the Collecter and get whatever this weapon is away from Ronan.

The Good: Showing that sometimes to be a hero, all you need is a chance.  All of these characters have sketchy backgrounds, Quill is a thief, Gamora a assassin, Rocket and Groot are thugs, and Drax is a man consumed by grief over the murder of his family.  They have all been given a chance to be heroes and move on from their past mistakes.

Now all the Guardians have great things about them, Star Lord (Quill) is much more heroic than he lets on, Gamora, though she was raised to be a deadly assassin desires to help people and save others from the suffering she has experienced.  Rocket is a wisecracking, mechanical genius (with a sad scene when he gets drunk and agonizes over his painful creation).  Drax has turned his rage into something to help the galaxy.  And my personal favorite in this film, Groot.  All Groot can say is, “I am Groot,” but this one phrase actually is his language (which Rocket can understand).  He makes up for his limited lines by his hilarious and heartwarming actions (also some great fights).

Ronan and Nebula were great villains and loved the actors’ portrayal.

The Bad: A really fun movie but I wasn’t blown away by it.  Please don’t get me wrong, I had a good time watching this and will probably buy it but I would have enjoyed more action and less slapstick jokes (usually very dirty).  Most parents will think that because this movie has a talking Raccoon and a lovable talking (albeit only three words) tree that this is more of a kid friendly Marvel movie but its really the opposite.  Not that a few bad words can’t be in a PG-13 movie but I felt it was a bit excessive, especially considering all the kids sitting in the audience with me.

When Drax (who is suppose to be close to Hulk strength but a Wolverine mentality) faces off with Ronan, the fight is very underwhelming (why is no one just whelmed?) and I thought they could have made it bigger.

Things to Watch for (Spoilers):

When the gang reaches the Collector, pay attention.  Tons of easter eggs in that room.  An ice giants and dark elf from the Thor movies, a Chitari from Avengers, and some others from comics and other films.

Thanos is here! get to see the big guy in the flesh! Can’t wait to check him out when he’s a big bad later on.

Mentions the Infinity Gems which can be used by the Infinity Gauntlet (seen in Odin’s weapon chamber in Thor) and the main weapon of Thanos.

Mention that Quill isn’t all human (because his dad is a king of his own planet) just like his mom said.

The man that Rocket spies at the beginning of the film is Stan Lee himself.

We are Groot.

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