If you’ve been to the movie theater anytime in the past three months or so you’ve probably noticed posters for “Guardians of the Galaxy”. If you looked closely you would have read the phrase “You’re welcome.” at the bottom of the poster; a bold proclamation coming from a movie featuring a talking raccoon and a walking tree that only knows three words.
Well it looks like audiences do owe a “thank you” to director James Gunn and the band of misfits that make up the titular “Guardians of the Galaxy” as this movie is not only arguably the best Marvel movie yet but it is also easily the most fun movie of the year. The movie opens on Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, who is abducted on Earth and grows up among alien treasure hunters, who just happens to steal an artifact that if it were to fall into the wrong hands it could wipe out most sentient life in the galaxy. The artifact of course does end up in the wrong hands, of Lee Pace’s evil Ronan, and so self-dubbed Star Lord Peter Quill must risk life, limb, and ship to save the galaxy. Along the way he ends up teaming with the raccoon-and-tree team of Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel), green-skinned super assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and blue skinned tank sized Drax (Dave Bautista). Together they make a more dysfunctional team than “The Avengers” ever could and the movie is the better for it.
Eschewing the heavy tone favored by recent Marvel movies, “Guardians” has its tongue-firmly-in-cheek while also proudly wearing its heart on its sleeve; not an easy balancing act by any means but “Guardians” nails it. The humor is witty and surprisingly intelligent, from Kevin Bacon references to the difficulties in understanding metaphors, and every one of the Guardians reveals a damaged but beating soul throughout the course of the film. There are really no weak spots character wise, Rocket and Groot are sure to steal the film for most viewers with Drax even getting in many funny moments, with the hilarious Chris Pratt leading the way; even the atypical super-villain is more memorable than say the bad guys of “Thor: The Dark World” or “Iron Man 3”. All in all, this is a movie that you will want to see and should see with its retro soundtrack, memorable characters, and surprising amount of heart. “Guardians of the Galaxy” is out now in theaters everywhere.
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