New in Theatres: Guardians of the Galaxy

When I first saw a movie trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, I had no idea what it was about, since I’m one of those people who loves Marvel movies but doesn’t actually read the comics. (Yes, I know that I lost a lot of nerd cred admitting that!) 


I did know immediately that I wanted to see it because I thought the bit in the trailer with Chris Pratt (“Star-Lord”) getting caught stealing an artifact was hilarious (“Star-Lord?” Who?”).

I went into Guardians of the Galaxy expecting to be entertained, and I was. This movie is perfect for a date, a night out with friends or family time (and don’t forget the popcorn).


There are some great actors in this movie – more than I’d even realized. In addition to Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper, the talent includes:

  • Zoe Saldana (leading lady Gamora)
  • Lee Pace (baddie Ronan)
  • Djimon Hounsou (the intimidating Korath)
  • Karen Gillan (blue assassin Nebula)
  • Benicio Del Toro (a fabulously-creepy The Collector)
  • Vin Diesel (the voice of Groot!)
  • Glenn Close (Nova Prime, who had the best hair in the movie)

What I Liked

Guardians of the Galaxy is probably my favourite Marvel film to date. I would happily see this a second time in theatres. Chris Pratt’s character (Peter Quill, who is only sometimes known as Star-Lord, to his dismay) starts off as an intergalactic scavenger and thief who manages to become the target of a manhunt after stealing a mysterious orb wanted by some Seriously Bad Dudes™.

He then escapes prison with his four companions, who include a sentient tree, a genius raccoon, a green assassin and a giant bent on revenge.

Yes, as you can tell, this Marvel series doesn’t take itself quite as seriously as some others, which I loved. This is the funniest of the Marvel movies to date, with a ton of great jokes, including references to Kevin Bacon and classic (or perhaps clichéd, but still great) 70s and 80s music.

You can’t help but like a movie that includes:

  • Star-Lord going back into prison to get his Walkman (yes, his Walkman);
  • an outer-space resuscitation featuring near freezing/imploding; and
  • a failed dance-off. (Yes, that really happens.)

Should you go see it? Yes – maybe I’ll see you there!

Have you seen it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Carla is an Edmonton-based communications professional and social media citizen. She likes traveling, reading, blogging, beef dip sandwiches and silly internet memes. Follow her adventures here on This Birds Day or on her website, If you’re on Twitter, feel free to drop her a tweet, too!

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