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Friday, July 25, 2014

MARVEL'S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY


By D.E.Levine

This may be the start of something big.  Marvel's less famous comic Guardians of the Galaxy has been turned into a slick, humorous, action-packed cinema event and audiences love it.  Although not as famous as some of the other Marvel comic franchises, this could very well develop into a new major hit.

The film is silly and because it's so silly, people watching it love it.  Chris Pratt, cast as Peter Quill refers to himself as Star Lord.  When he was nine his mother died and Peter became a cosmos bounty hunter for the corrupt Yondu (Michael Rooker).  Treasuring his late mother's cassette player which contains funky 1970s oldies, Star Lord frequently does funky dances but he's additionally funny, dramatic, an action hero and a sex hunk.  In this film, Pratt doesn't miss a beat and his acting covers all dimensions.

Tasked with the impossible, Star Lord sets out to steal a mysterious orb back from the evil Ronan (Lee Pace) who plans to do very bad things with it.

Since he needs help to accomplish his task Peter puts together a group of misfits like himself.  Included in the group are the seductive Gamora (Zoe Saldana) with green skin instead of Avatar blue.

Groot (Van Diesel), a walking tree (computer generated) has three words throughout the film and delivers them differently every time he says them.  Groot is funny and faithful and with three words he makes quite an impact and proves invaluable to the group.

Rocket, a gun slinging raccoon is voiced by Bradley Cooper, who isn't afraid to mouth off at the rest of the guardians.  Rocket is smart and he can give as good as he takes, getting back at anyone who doesn't show him some respect.

The special effects are fantastic as the guardians seek to fulfill their mission and the dialogue is sharp and witty.

There are grown-up jokes but enough entertainment to mesmerize kids, so viewing this film can be a family event.