Many of these superhero/comic book graphic novel films that have become so popular in recent years take themselves entirely too serious. Not so, in the current Marvel science fiction movie “Guardians of the Galaxy.” As a matter a fact, you’re going to get quite a few yuks out of this one.
First of all, what is the “orb” and why does everyone want it? Young Peter Quill is abducted by a space ship shortly after witnessing his mother’s death. Fast forward and we find Quill (Chris Pratt), now a young man, scavenging a distant planet and then prevailing in a battle with some strange aliens over possession of the orb. Our protagonist Quill now has the orb, but so do a host of other strange characters: There is a green pallored warrior princess woman named Gamora (Zoe Saldana); a walking, talking, Gumby-like tree named Groot (voice of Vin Diesel); a commando enforcing raccoon named Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper); and a beefed up alien named Drax (wrestling star Dave Bautista) ─ and these are just the good guys. On the other side of the ring we have first and foremost, Ronan (Lee Pace), a Darth Vader-like character who carries a mean hammer; Thanos (Josh Brolin), who is more off the screen than on the screen; a weird white-haired collector guy (Benicio Del Toro), and a blue-faced alien named Yondu (Michael Rooker) who has some issues with Quill ─ just to mention a few. We also have the law. The leader Nova Prime (Glenn Close) is backed by first lieutenant Corpsman Day (John C. Reilly), and a solid core of officers.
Now that we have most of the characters in place let’s get to the plot. All we know is that the orb is the most powerful force in the Universe. If Ronan gets a hold of it we can call it curtains not only for our heroes, but for everybody else also. There are some “Star Wars”- like battles that take place as the good guys try to retain the orb, but can they hang on?
The strength of the movie is the humorous dialog and the sound track, all set to 3D fireworks. I have rarely seen a film synchronize the action so well with the music, which Quill carries on a cassette mix tape. This movie is a ton of fun, and a big relief to what has been so far, a no show summer at the theater. See it. (Rated PG-13; 122.) minutes.)
My Rating: 4 of 5 Orbs