Marvel movie’s outta this world

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is the latest of the Marvel universe films to draw in crowds to the big screen. And overall, it does quite a fair job of capturing the attention and emotions of the audience.
While a far different sort of Marvel film from the popular Avenger series and super hero movies such as ‘Thor’, ‘Captain America’, ‘Iron Man’ and the ‘Incredible Hulk’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ focuses heavily on the main character, Peter Quill played by actor Chris Pratt and his quest to earn a quick buck.
After being abducted from Earth as a child—after a very sad and tear-jerking first scene—Quill is later taken under wing of an intergalactic ring of thieves, known as the Ravagers under the leadership of Yondu, played by Michael Rooker.
Fast-forward 26 years to 2014 and we find Quill on the planet Morag attempting to steal an object called the Orb.  After successfully completing the task, Quill decides to pull a fast one on his mentor Yondu and tries to make a fast buck by selling the Orb himself.
Little does Quill know the Orb is sought after by one of the galaxy’s most notorious warriors, Ronan (Lee Pace). Ronan, a bitter member of the extinct Kree race, was seeking the Orb to use in the destruction of Xandar, the planet he blames for the demise of his people.
Sending out Gamora—played by ‘Avatar’ star Zoe Saldana—to retrieve the Orb, Ronan hopes to recover the Orb and give it to another galaxy overlord, Thanos.
While on the planet Xandar, Quill attempts to sell off the Orb to a local buyer. But once the buyer realizes it is wanted by Ronan, he wants nothing to do with it.
Here enters characters three and four of our guardian group of five. Bounty hunters, Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and treelike character Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) are seeking out their next haul when they spot Quill, a man wanted for many crimes with a hefty price on his head.
The typical Hollywood fight action scene takes place as Quill is soon met by Rocket and Groot. And throw in Gamora and we have fight scenes reminiscent of the Black Widow in ‘Iron Man 2’ where the woman character seemingly kicks some serious ass.
However, all four are soon arrested and sent to prison, also known as the Kyln.
Once in prison, Gamora’s true plans are revealed. Threatening to double cross her boss Ronan, Saldana’s character wants to supposedly save the galaxy. Hoping to secure the Orb for herself, Gamora wants to give the power to the government of Xandar, the only planet to seemingly have morals and structure. Go figure, especially since her character is so hated throughout the prison scene since she had murdered countless people.
It is in prison where we are finally introduced to the final character of our misfit group of five, Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). While it is unclear why Drax is in prison in the first place, it is clear that he has no love for Ronan or for Gamora. Ronan had apparently killed off Drax’s wife and child and now Drax is seeking the first opportunity he has to get revenge.
At first skeptical of Gamora’s intentions and even trying to kill her, Drax is later persuaded (by the smooth talking Quill) to believe the only way he can avenge his family is with the help of Gamora.
Convincing Rocket, Quill, and Groot that she can help them make a lot of money really fast if they sell the Orb, a plan is figured out and successfully executed.
Busting out of prison, the five take the audience on an adventure of epic special effects, fight scenes and battles all in an attempt to guard the galaxy they live in.
If you enjoy plot twists and turns, then this movie is for you. I would almost liken it to the reality show ‘Survivor’. You spend most of the movie trying to figure out who is in an alliance with whom, who is backstabbing whom, and what does this all mean in the end.
It was mainly because of the plot twists that I found myself not enjoying the movie as much as I would have liked to. It just felt like the directors and screenwriters were purposefully attempting to build more of a plot to the movie than what was truly needed.
Plain and simple, it’s a movie about five characters saving the world from the bad guy. Keep it simple. Especially since we don’t nearly have enough time in a movie to develop a proper backstory as we would probably have seen in the comics (I wouldn’t know since I never read them but I’m just guessing).
However, the movie does have its touching moments. My favorite scene will not be disclosed since it would be a huge spoiler. But lets just say, I did cry toward the end during one of the most inspiring scenes of the entire film.
Overall, while not one of my favorite movies out of the Marvel universe, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was one of the better summer flicks I’ve seen this year. And it is because of that I’m giving it an 8.5/10.

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