Movie Title: Guardians of the Galaxy
PG-13, 2 hours 1 minute
In a Nutshell: FAN-Friggin-Tastic! This movie is everything you want a summer popcorn blockbuster to be.
By now, everyone has heard of Captain America: The First Avenger , Iron Man , and Thor , but not as many people are familiar with the characters in Guardians of the Galaxy , except maybe my cousin who owns a comic book store in Vegas. I’m “hooked on a feeling”…..that you’ll be a fan now.
The fun flick is FILLED with action, comedy, special effects, warmth, witty dialogue, and unexpected surprises that will tickle your insides that aren’t filled with popcorn. There is so much to see in every scene that you’ll immediately want to get back in line at the theater and see it again.
The audience I sat with cheered, laughed, clapped and remained seated until after the credits rolled….and was rewarded with one last surprise. (SPOILER ALERT: Brush up on your Howard the Duck trivia.) Fantastic fun for all ages.
Uplifting themes: Never give up, believe in yourself, hold fast to good friends, stand up to evil.
Things I liked:
Rocket and Groot had the potential to become the Jar-Jar Binks death of this movie, but in fact, they enrich it and even steal the show in many scenes.
Although the Guardians comic series came out in 1969, this feels like the Star Wars sequel movie lovers have been hoping for, complete with awesome air battle scenes, zany creatures, cool toys, and lovable misfits.
Paying extra for 3D is worth it.
Chris Pratt was the perfect leading man, complimented by the acting and voice talents of Zoe Saldana (who goes from blue in the awesome Avatar movie to green in this film), David Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, and John C. Reilly.
Vin Diesel only has one line (“I am Groot”), but provides enough variety in the telling that communication is enhanced. In fact, Rocket and Groot have a cute “Lassie” (“Timmy fell down the well!”) relationship, enabling Rocket to translate and carry on entire hilarious conversations with that single phrase. Groot is full of delightful surprises and expressive facial movements. Groot’s got skills! My husband is built like Groot..all legs, broad but thin, sculpted jaw law, interesting angular head. Don't tell him I said that.
Be sure to catch the Stan Lee cameo in the beginning when Peter Quill goes to Zandor.
1970’s and 80’s music plays a fun and meaningful part in the movie. I had one of those Walkman’s like Peter Quill’s, complete with orange foam headphones. No doubt, the movie soundtrack and character merchandising will be popular items on Ebay and Amazon.
You’ll see tons of cool gadgets, space ships, and special effects.
You actually care about the characters.
I liked that the stone-faced soldier bad guys were visually minimalistic, suggesting they were robotic followers without depth. Am I reading too much into them?
I loved Drax the Destroyer’s body art. David Bautista joins the ranks of former WWE champion-turned-successful actor, along with The Rock, who kicked off his own summer blockbuster last weekend in Hercules. (You can click here to read my movie review of Hercules.)
The cool space pods that connect to form a glimmering protective net give new meaning to “star”ship.
Things I didn’t like:
Some of the outfits worn by The Collector’s peeps were just silly.
I thought Ronan the Accuser’s make-up was messy and not as cool as it could be.
“We’re just like Kevin Bacon.” – Gamora
“What are you doing?” - Ronan the Accuser
“I’m distracting you, you turd!” - Peter Quill/Star-Lord
“You’ve got the best eyebrows in the business.” - Peter Quill/Star-Lord
“I come from a planet of outlaws: Billie the Kid, Bonnie & Clyde, John Stamos…” – Peter Quill/Star-Lord
“No one’s blowing up moons.” - Drax the Destroyer
“You suck the joy out of everything.” - Rocket
“Dance-off, bro. Me and you.” - Peter Quill/Star-Lord
“I can’t believe I’m taking orders from a hamster.” – Denarian Saal
“I wasn’t listening. I was thinking about something else.” – Drax the Destroyer
“I found something inside myself, incredibly heroic…not to brag.” – Peter Quill/Star-Lord
“You are a disappointment, Sister. Out of all our siblings, I hated you least.” – Nebula
“You’re making me beat up grass!” - Rocket
Tips for parents: There is some profanity, but it flies past so quickly that you might miss it. There is a lot of violence (mostly bloodless), a huge body-count, and the characters are admittedly flawed…in fact, are wanted criminals, as opposed to Marvel’s heroic and squeaky-clean Captain America. Gamers in your family will get their daily fix. There is some sexual innuendo that should go over the heads of little ones and some adults, such as mention of a black light and a Jackson Pollock painting…