Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Rated PG-13
Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi
Try pairing with:  Mushroom & Sesame Soup

Jen’s Rating:  A

I loved Iron Man and Thor so as soon as I saw the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy I knew I had to see it too. Zoe Saldana happens to be one of the actors I admire so I knew it was going to be awesome! Sure enough… I was right!

Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill aka Starlord, a human captured by space thieves as a child in a moment of despair.  As an adult, Starlord became a space thief and stole a magical orb that was sought after by several beings. He befriended some of the most unsavory of characters.  Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana, assassin daughter of Thanos, the mad Titan who wants to control the universe. Gamora is the murderer of Drax’s family; Dave Bautista plays Drax.

Drax is a part of the comic relief along with Rocket played by Bradley Cooper and Groot played by Vin Diesel.  Groot is the loving, oversized tree branch sidekick to Rocket a raccoon like mutant who is in it only for money.

This crazy group of characters, combined with action, deceit, and tons of humor put aside their differences and team up to protect the universe from Ronan played by Lee Pace.  The acting was great which is only one of the many reasons why I gave Guardians of the Galaxy an A. Every character played off of one another seamlessly causing an overwhelmingly fantastic film!  The digital effects are amazing as they are with all of the Marvel movies. I can definitely say this is one of the very few movies that I would watch more than one time.

Jeremy’s Rating:  A

So, first things first.  I am not a comic book fan.  I never really pinpointed why, I just never was.  However, there are two things that I have come to truly enjoy that are related to comics and particularly Marvel comics, and those are: The Infinity Gauntlet comic series, and all the wonder films that Marvel has been releasing like clockwork over the last several years.  Upon hearing of the fact that they were going to be making a film that had extremely close connections to Thanos, the Mad Titan and his quest to assemble all the infinity stones into the legendary, all-powerful gauntlet, I was on board.  What surprised me was just how damn good this film really is.  The acting is superb, the story engaging, and even the soundtrack is wonderful.  Its pretty much just an all-around perfect package.

There are so many names in this film, that it would take me half of this short review just to name them all and explain their characters and their roles in this cosmic adventure, so I will cover them as briefly as possible.  Basically, if you haven’t seen this film yet, Star Lord (Chris Pratt), also known by his real name, Peter Quill is taken into space as a child after the death of his mother by a guy that looks like an escaped member of the blue man group, but way more bad ass, known as Yondu (Michael Rooker).  It is assumed that he floats around the cosmos getting away with petty crimes and bounty hunting, until he is caught on Nova trying to sell an powerful orb that he knows nothing about.  This introduces Rocket, a genetically engineered talking Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, and a sentient tree… man, Groot, who is voiced by Vin Diesel.  They are all arrested by the Nova Corps, a kind of galactic police, and are sent to a prison on some weird asteroid.

This is where things get even more wild.  An alien named Ronin (Lee Pace) is searching for the orb that Star Lord was carrying due to its powers and the possibility of it being an Infinty stone, soon comes to find out that he is located at this prison.  While in the prison, Star Lord meets Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and my personal favorite, Drax, played by Dave Bautista, who then find themselves in the situation of becoming a ragtag team tasked with saving the universe.  As I’ve already revealed so much of the film, I will let you watch the rest and have fun with the ride.  It is full of action, adventure, super cool space stuff, and humor that you just shouldn’t miss.  Everyone puts in a phenomenal effort in their roles and you find yourself being drawn further and further into the story as you develop a special relationship with your favorite character.

I am giving this film an A because while although it is amazing, it is not quite perfect in my book, with only minor missteps that aren’t even important enough to list here.  Guardians of the Galaxy quickly became a family favorite soon after its release and its unique combination of laughs and cosmic action are a delight for both Jen and I, but also our kids.  Although the film is rated PG-13, there is not much to bother parents other than some language and minor sexual situations that would not draw attention from children.  Both our daughters love this one and have already seen Volume 2 in the theater, and can’t wait for it to continue even further!

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