So after all the hype, Guardians of the Galaxy arrives!

The initial theme of the film is that Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after scavenging an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).

James Gunn has achieved something special with Guardians of the Galaxy.  This movie is so much fun!  Guardians’ manages to weave both comedy and drama into one intertwined story that makes the viewer strongly connect with the eclectic group of characters.  To top it off the soundtrack is simply the best I’ve heard in years

Pratt, best known as Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation is truly magnificent as Peter Quill a.k.a. Star Lord.  He has all the swagger and cool of a modern day Han Solo.  Pratt portrays Quill with wonderful depth.  He delivers both the sassy wit and the dramatic melancholy with such aplomb that we really do want him to win (despite that the fact that he is actually a pirate).

Saldana was great as Gamora, although I think she probably did a better job in Colombiana.  You never know, perhaps we will actually get to see her dance in the sequel.  Bautista was much better than expected both as the man hell bent on revenge and with the more comedic touches. Gillan was a little underused as the cyborg Nebula, but looked truly amazing.  Perhaps best knows as Amy Pond in Dr Who, it’s nice to see Gillan expand into this more villainous role.

In general I wish that the use of CGI was reduced in films but Diesel and Cooper really bring their characters to life.  Cooper really brings Bill Mantlo’s comic creation ‘Rocket’ to the party.  It’s hard to say that it was Diesel’s dialogue that gave Groot such warmth, but his character showed amazing depth, even with so view words.

We are once again treated to Benicio Del Toro’s completely over the top portrayal of ‘The Collector’, originally seen as an uncredited cameo as The Collector in “Thor: The Dark World (2013)”.  The Collector’s place is riddled with Easter eggs. A Chitari and Dark Elf, a Russian dog in a astronaut suit who is security for GOTG in the comics and even a tongue-in-cheek Howard the Duck gives us a cameo in the now standard post credit scene extra.

There’s just so much going on in this film, it’s amazing that it manages to stay on track.  However crazy it seems to get, you are just drawn in a dragged along this laugh a minute thrill ride.

The efforts of all the actors was really worth it; Chris Pratt losing 80pounds, Bautista taking extra acting lessons, Saldana refusing the CGI and opting for full make-up, Gillan shaving her head and Vin Diesel even recorded his lines a staggering 1,000 times!

Not to beat around the bush – this film is awesome!

— Rob

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