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Guardians of the Galaxy

The five Guardians, sporting various weapons, arrayed in front of a backdrop of a planet in space.We are now firmly planted in the day and age when we expect to see multiple comic book films grace the screen each and every year.  They’ve become their own genre aside from action and adventure. Some are garbage.  Some are good. And some…like Guardians of the Galaxy…are great.

Guardians of the Galaxy is an important film in the Marvel universe, and it is the anchor that will create an entire new sub-universe in the Marvel film series.  It’s the first film in what is going to spawn a series of films.  Guardians sequels, Avengers cross-overs, and hopefully…actually probably certainly…an entire Infinity Gauntlet series of films.  Geeks rejoice!

First of all whomever decided to cast Chris Pratt in the lead role of Peter Quill…I’m sorry Star-Lord…is a genius.  He makes everything work here, and along with the smart direction of James Gunn, are the foundation for an amazing film.  Gunn has probably picked up a lot from his friend Zack Snyder over the years, and it’s evident here.  Gunn is a seasoned script writer, and now a seasoned director.

The film opens with Quill as a young boy.  His mother dies from cancer, and he is soon after abducted by aliens.  All he has from earth are the memento’s of his boyhood life.  He constantly plays an old mix-tape…yes tape…that his mother gave him.  A reminder of his old life before he learned about the wonders of the universe.  Now he is Star-Lord! A  galactic pirate searching for riches in the unknown.

Quill finds himself hunting down a special orb as a job, but he’s not the only one that wants the orb.  Enter an entire cast of misfits, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket (The voice of Bradley Cooper).  Each character brings their own brand of humor and is an integral piece of the clan.  Casting = genius.  They band together for different reasons, realizing they need each other in order to stop the orb from getting in the hands of the evil Thanos.

A number of other characters including Nebula (Dr. Who’s Karen Gillian), Korath (Djimon Hounsou) and The Collector (Benicio del Toro) are also after the orb.  They’re not necessarily bad guys, but they’d be doing bad things if the orb fell into their hands. And the orb is extremely powerful.

Marvel films have been full of humor, but the reason Guardians of the Galaxy feels so fresh is because it’s the only Marvel film that is 100% vested in its humor component.  It can almost be categorized more as a comedy than as an action film.  I was laughing the entire way while still being engaged by the suspense and action of the film.

I loved this film.  Loved it, and I’m pretty sure everyone else who has seen it loves it too, and I’m so excited for everything that this is setting up.

Grade: A