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!

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