Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy, PG-13

Guardians of the Galaxy—go see it, NOW.
I love action movies. I love comic book hero movies. I love (good) science fiction movies.
I love movies that don’t take themselves too seriously.
I love “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
First the disclaimers—growing up, I was not a Marvel fan. Yep, I was in the DC camp at a time when it seems you could be one or the other.
So, until the movie, I had never heard of any of these “Guardians of the Galaxy” (hey, I barely knew anything about Spiderman).
As an adult I have switched camps (as far as movies at least) and relish each new film based on Marvel comics (and look for Stan Lee’s cameo the same way I search for Alfred Hitchcock’s in my favorite older movies).
“Guardians of the Galaxy” is, by far, my favorite movie of 2014.
I can’t do the plot justice in a small space—it is very much the classic fish out of water story with our hero Peter Quill being abducted and the only human among aliens.
Other than his “woman in every star port” short lived romances, he is very much a loner—a con man who cons his friends and cohorts.
He joins up with Rocket, Groot, Drax, and Gamora in an improbable scenario (but aren’t all good action films based on improbable scenarios) in a fight to save the galaxy.
Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Zoe Saldana are the actors playing the live action characters Quill, Drax, and Gamora (respectively).
Pratt’s humor, Bautista’s straight man performance, and Saldana’s conflicted bad girl are all outstanding performances.
However, the show is stolen by the CGI part of the duo of Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket and Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot.
The special effects are wonderful. There are no weaknesses in plotting or acting.
The humor is not forced and I can’t remember when I’ve laughed so much in a movie theatre.
There is some “adult language” making this a PG-13 rating but I don’t think that issue should keep parents from taking children (over 6 or so) to see a thoroughly enjoyable movie.
Final rating—5 out of 5 popcorn buckets.