Marvel Studios Synopsis:
An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy‘s fate in the balance.
Ok, let’s start with “action-packed, epic space adventure”…yes and yes. I typically enjoy a good scifi flick with some Marvel comic characters thrown in, but I was really excited by how much I enjoyed this film. Its rated PG-13 so isn’t appropriate for younger children (due to language and violence) so John and I left the kids at home and had a little movie double date with friends. Yay!
This is a tale of rivals forced to become allies who then become friends. They’re very unlikely heros and even more unlikely friends, but Guardians of the Galaxy pulls it off.
What the synopsis does NOT tell you is just how funny this film is. We laughed the entire time. It doesn’t take itself seriously and I loved that. Cheesy, sarcastic, silly humor in space. I was in need of a laugh last week and this gave it in spades.
The film starts off in the 80’s with a young Peter Quill, who’s kidnapped by aliens. In the future, he is still incredibly attached to his 80’s music cassette tape (I won’t spoil why,) and the tape and its music become an integral element of the story. The film’s 80’s nostalgia and soundtrack rocks!
The characters were all interesting and absurdly funny. My favorite was the hysterical humanoid raccoon Rocket. I HATE raccoons. Seriously, its an unnatural hatred. We get them in our backyard all of the time eating our cat’s food. So any movie that can get me to actually like a raccoon has to be good. He had us laughing through the whole movie.
So this is totally personal to me, and he may be the bad guy, but there is a “Ronan” in this film. OK, its spelled wrong. Ours is “Ronin.” But you don’t see it often so bonus points to Guardians of the Galaxy for giving the villain a great name.
Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely a GO, even if you’re not normally a fan of this type of flick. You’ll come out laughing and the hubs will have enjoyed it too. Great date night! Be sure to see it in 3D.
Disclosure: We received complimentary passes to a pre-screening of Guardians of the Galaxy to facilitate this review.