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August 1, 2014

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review

Complimentary screening tickets were received.
Movie Synopsis:  From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy.  An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.  To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer.  But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.
My seven-year-old daughter and I went to the advanced screening of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” with no previous knowledge of the story.  I had only glanced at the all-star cast and decided that my daughter and I would enjoy the action flick.  As we were sitting in the theatre waiting for the movie to start, I took a deeper look into the cast.  Chris Pratt, I remembered from the CW series, Everwood (don’t judge me) and everyone knows Zoe Saldana since her rise to fame in Avatar, but I still recall her as the mean ballerina to Hawaii’s own Amanda Schull from Center Stage.  Djimoun Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro.  Ooh!  Bradley Cooper as Rocket.  But after a few more clicks, I sadly discovered that Rocket is a genetically engineered raccoon and would not be changing into any human form throughout the movie.  *sigh*
The movie starts off sad as Peter’s mother dies and he is subsequently abducted by a space ship.  Two subjects I did not feel like explaining to an inquisitive 7 year old.  But luckily, the action picked up as the movie fast forwarded to 26 years later.
As you watch the movie, you quickly discover Peter is not of the highest moral character, but you cheer for him anyway.  You begin to like the characters as they share their backstories and band together for a common goal.  There’s no shortage of laughs, action, and amazing imagery in this movie.  Although some of the jokes were over my daughter’s head, she really enjoyed the movie and as a parent I liked that the movie was ultimately about the importance of friendship and something that can’t be stressed enough.        
Running time is 121 minutes and the film earns its PG-13 rating with violence, a couple of sexual references and some use of profanities.  


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