Movie: Guardians Of The Galaxy
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)
Review: The first three minutes of this movie is a downer. After that, it is a rollicking good action movie with plenty of aliens, weird weapons, top-notch special effects, and plenty of witty banter. The main character is a Hans Solo-ish scalawag named Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who is an unabashed thief who likes to refer to himself somewhat pretentiously as the “Star Lord”.
Quill tear-asses around the galaxy stealing stuff on consignment, and his latest caper involves stealing a mysterious orb hidden away on a crappy planet known as Morag. Despite Quill’s impressive skills and survival instincts, things go to hell and a hand-basket pretty quickly, and stay that way for the remainder of the two hour movie. Through various events not of their choosing, the remainder of the Guardians of the Galaxy are brought together with Quill. There is Rocket (Bradley Cooper), the Raccoon with humanoid faculties; Groot (Vin Diesel), a tree with extensive abilities and limited vocabulary; Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a bundle of muscles waiting to unleash mayhem at every opportunity; and Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a greenish (couldn’t be Avatar blue again) vixen with complicated relations with ultra evil Ronan (Lee Pace), who seems to think he should rule the galaxy.
There are a lot of alien types running around in this movie. It is easy to mix them up, and you really need to keep a running score card of who the good guys are versus the bad guys. But at least you will know the Xandarians are good guys; they are kind of like the Star Trek federation types, with Nova Prime (Glen Close) as their leader. It won’t do to think too hard about the plot; just go with the action and enjoy the ride. Yee ha!
Dialogue Nuggets: “I’m going to die with the biggest idiots in the galaxy!”
“Typical. Asleep for the danger, awake for the money.”
“I can’t believe I’m taking orders from a hamster!”
“I’m distracting you, you turd blossom!”
Best Screen Credit: Almost at the end of the film credits, look for this: “No tree creatures or raccoons were harmed during the production of this picture.”
Post Credits Stuff: Yes, for loyal movie goers who wait out the endless credits, there is a short film snippet. It has a character from one of the biggest bombs in Hollywood history. Go figure.