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Spoiler-Free Quick Review: Guardians of the Galaxy



Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro
Theatrical Release Date: August 1, 2014
Synopsis: Guardians of the Galaxy finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe.
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The Good

  • Beautiful
  • Hilarious
  • Fantastically interesting characters
  • Action-packed
  • The soundtrack is perfect for the tone of the film

The Bad

The villain feels more like an appetizer than the main course.

Bottom Line

Guardians of the Galaxy is unlike any other Marvel movie, and is destined to go down as one of the best sci-fi films of the decade.

Posted August 1, 2014 by

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This Quick Review is spoiler-free.
Spoiler-Free Quick Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Meet Peter Quill, a.k.a Star-Lord, a.k.a this generation’s Han Solo.

Ready for the quickest Quick Review ever? Here it is:

You should stop reading this review and go see Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Still here? That’s unfortunate. But since you seem intent on not enjoying yourself, here are some more words, instead.

I’ll admit, I had unreasonably high hopes for Guardians of the Galaxy, and there seemed little chance that the film could live up to those expectations. Oh, but it did. As I sat in the theater watching the epic spectacle unfold before my eyes, I was suddenly a kid again, feeling the joy of watching… dare I even whisper these words? The original Star Wars movies.

That’s right, I said it. Guardians of the Galaxy is this generation’s Star Wars. Well, at least until Star Wars Episode VII comes out. Then that will be this generation’s Star Wars. Literally. But I digress.

Allow me to make a few more comparisons between Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is Han Solo. Groot (Vin Diesel) is Chewbacca, and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) is.. well, as Rocket himself so eloquently puts it, “Ain’t no thing like me, except me!”

The characters of Rocket and Peter Quill headline an ensemble cast that adds as much humor to the film as all of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies combined. Sure, Guardians of the Galaxy is primarily a sci-fi action flick, but it’s also funny. Really funny. There were a few times that I missed a line of dialogue because the audience was laughing so hard at something one of the other characters had just said or done. And maybe that’s what makes Guardians of the Galaxy such a great film: its willingness to not take itself too seriously. These heroes are all flawed, and they know it. They own it.

Speaking of heroes, Guardians of the Galaxy is unlike any Marvel movie you’ve ever seen. With the possible exception of the semi-shapeshifting Groot, none of these heroes are superpowered. They don’t wear capes, wield mystical hammers, or carry indestructible shields. They’re vulnerable, and that makes them relatable and likeable.

The film’s villain, on the other hand, is extremely powerful. If I have one gripe about Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s that the antagonist feels a little like an appetizer for a main course that we will get to in a future movie. But really, I suppose that’s to be expected in a franchise that was always intended to be more than a single film. After all, Darth Vader didn’t get dealt with until the sixth episode of Star Wars.

I realize I keep making Star Wars comparisons, but that’s because Guardians of the Galaxy, like the Star Wars films of my youth, made me laugh and cheer, while genuinely caring about a group of onscreen misfits.

Guardians of the Galaxy earns its PG-13 rating for violence and language. There are no F-bombs, but there is plenty of other salty language to be found. The violence is on par with… sorry… Star Wars films. No gore, just lots of fighting, shooting, and ‘sploding.

Guardians of the Galaxy is not only one of the year’s best movies, it’s one that I’m almost positive I will see again in the theater, and that is destined to go down as one of the best sci-fi films of the decade. 5 enthusiastic stars.

P.S. – Be sure to stay through the credits.

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Tim Wells

Dad, husband, gamer, blogger, geek. Not necessarily in that order.