I participated in the Press Junket and #GuardiansofTheGalaxyEvent thanks to Marvel/Disney. Opinions are my own.
Have you been longing for a space opera set to the super sounds of the seventies? Well yearn no more because Guardians of the Galaxy has arrived. They are a part of the Marvel comic Universe that I was not aware of but very quickly fell in love with. While the movie begins on earth you are very quickly swept from galaxy to galaxy encountering all manner of beings. Guardians goes well beyond world building and actually paints the entire Marvel Universe in starkly realistic brush strokes. Believe me this is no understatement. Guardians is like no super hero flick I have ever seen, in fact it is like no other movie I have ever seen. The film combines pulse pounding action, strong character development, and a witty sense of humor that I found thoroughly satisfying. Put simply, Guardians is the movie I have been waiting for since Return of the Jedi.
Not knowing these characters was one of the things I loved best. They have one wild ride of a first adventure together. Being able to watch and learn their story as the movie played is a rare treat. I would like your first experience with them to be in the theater, so I don’t want to spoil too much. I can tell you, Peter Quill, (Chris Pratt) is known as Star Lord and is the earthling leader of the Guardians with a dubious past. Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is a conflicted daughter of the evil Thanos. Together with the muscle bound Drax (Dave Bautista) the feisty Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and the lovable Groot (Vin Diesel) the Guardians try to keep Ronan (Lee Pace) and ultimately Thanos from getting their hands on one of the six infinity stones.
You may remember the infinity stones from the previous Avenger and Thor movies of which the Tesseract is one. This movie is perfectly cast and the actors deliver some great performances. I even cried at several parts of the film. They also deliver some laugh out loud moments from what is a very funny script. These moments of comic relief were necessary because the trials and tribulations the characters go through are intense.
Guardians of the Galaxy had all of the Disney/Marvel elements I love. I laughed, I cried, I was scared, and I was amazed at how unbelievably realistic everything looked in the film even though it was fantasy. I think that Marvel movies just keep getting better and better and The Guardians of the Galaxy is my favorite so far. I loved it so much I even saw it a second time, and can’t wait to see it again. I am eagerly looking forward to watching the next edition to the Marvel Universe.
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