Guardians of the Galaxy

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If you like Star Trek, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars, you’ll definitely enjoy the action- adventure Sci-fi film, Guardians of the Galaxy. This adventure begins in 1988 when an eight-year-old boy runs outside one evening after losing his mother, only to be kidnapped by a spaceship and taken into outer space. Twenty-six years later, we meet him as a grown man named Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), a thief traveling between the stars. (Kind of like Han Solo.) After Quill steals an orb from an intergalactic warlord named Ronan (voice of Lee Pate) he goes on the run and teams up with a group of aliens who also have issues with the hated Ronan. There is a green-skinned assassin named Gamora (Zoe Saldana), an alien who looks like a tree named Groot (voice of Vin Diesel), a half-raccoon half-human name Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper) and the revenge driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). The team gets on each other’s nerves while running away from Ronan, who is chasing them to get the orb back and destroy the planet Xander. I have to admit I had never heard of the comic book Guardians of the Galaxy until a year ago, but this has to be one of the most entertaining films of the year. It has a simple story with witty dialogue and colorful characters. I have to give most of the credit to the writer-director James Gunn. He keeps the action flowing and sprinkles in funny one-liners often enough so we aren’t stuck with half-hour long mindnumbing action scenes. (This is a good thing if you are blind.) It also has an outstanding soundtrack with 70’s and 80‘s songs spread throughout. (Another great decision so old farts like me can hum along.) Every actor fits their character perfectly and you will also find Gjimon Hounsau, Glenn Close and Benicio Del Toro in some supporting roles. Now this movie isn’t perfect – there is no real character development and it has some really cheesy lines – but it doesn’t take itself too seriously and it works. Of course, what kind of a back-story could you actually have about an alien tree that doesn’t say anything besides, “I am Groot!” (Yes it sounds corny, but it’s hilarious.) I’m giving this really fun and engaging film a B+ rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA