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Review: “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a stellar blast, expanding Marvel cinematic universe into the cosmos with comedic fun

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Today, Marvel Studios is bringing a lesser known group of superheroes to the screen, the Guardians of the Galaxy.

An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into outer space, 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.

The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Moneyball”) as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Avatar”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Riddick”) as Drax the Destroyer, featuring Vin Diesel (“Fast and Furious”) as Groot, two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) as Rocket, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit,” “Lincoln”) as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (BBC TV’s “Doctor Who”) as Nebula, two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Amistad,” “Gladiator”) as Korath, with Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly (“Chicago”) as Rhomann Dey, six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs,” “Fatal Attraction”) as Nova Prime, and Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”) as The Collector.

It’s quite an assorted line-up of actors that doesn’t exactly scream box office smash. But it will be just that.

When I first heard about “Guardians,” I was a scoffer. I didn’t understand how it would work. It didn’t sound like it could exist in the same universe as Iron Man and Captain America. The first trailer didn’t quite excite me. And the idea of a talking tree and raccoon really made me nervous. I feared that Kevin Fiege and his team had finally gone off the rails, reaching too far into obscure Marvel character territory.

But something happened I can’t quite explain. The marketing machine at Disney managed to get me excited for this film. Going into an early press screening, I was stoked to see this odd space film with talking trees and racoons, classic pop songs, and Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation. And you know what? Marvel nailed it.

6 Comments

  1. Roddy Barros

    I’m very curious to see civilian reactions for this movie. Us Marvel fans knew it’d be a hit. Even though most of the characters have been around since the late 60s, this version of the Guardians was sorta created during the second Annihilation comic book event, and they were such a hit that they got their own title in 2008. And they’ve been around ever since. I urge everyone who comes out of the theater enjoying this adventure to look for the Guardians trade paperback. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

  2. Since1976

    A great standalone movie, though sharp-eyed viewers will see common threads which have been cleverly woven through just about every previous movie in the Marvel Studios series. The resolution of those threads is likely being saved for the end of Phase 3.

  3. EricJ

    I knew it was because they wanted to bring in Thanos right on the heels of the Avengers, but the only other titles he appeared in were Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer, which Fox still had the lock on….So they were “down to” the Guardians. 😉
    And I was worried about the Scooby Doo Guy directing it too, but it’s just timing–After Iron Man 3, and Warner/DC going over its own cliff with Batman & Superman, Marvel needs to clear the palate with good canon escapism again. Call this the Emperor’s New Groove of Marvel movies.

  4. Jeff Lynch

    I just can’t get over how gorgeous Chris Pratt is in this movie. I never thought of him as sexy before. On Parks & Rec he is so different. In Guardians, he is the sexiest and most gorgeous man I have ever seen. I have such a crush on him right now.

  5. Its aight. Ive seen better

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