When we think of Marvel we think of Superheroes we’ve grown up knowing. Like our friendly neighborhood Spiderman, the hunky Hulk, our Arc angel IronMan and America’s favorite, Captain America.
But there’s a gangly group of lesser known superheroes who are taking this summer by storm — a vocabuary-challenged tree named Groot, a cut-throat raccoon named Rocket, a green assassin named Gamora, Drax the big brute and a dude who thinks he’s god’s gift to the galaxy– Star Lord– and they make up the misfits known as the Guardians of the Galaxy.
I got a sneak peek of the movie during a 4-day press trip to Los Angeles for the Disney/Marvel #GuardiansoftheGalaxyEvent. And although I am a big marvel fan, I wasn’t expecting to laugh so hard during this movie and I certainly wasn’t prepared to do a little chair dance because there was so much good music to groove to.
Simply put: this movie was EPIC!
The lone adventurer Peter Quill harbors a powerful orb and finds himself being chased after and in trouble when he is found and forced to unleash it. The orb is coveted by Ronan, a powerful and persistent villain with every intention to obliterate the entire universe.
Quill ends up calling a truce with a band of misfits –Rocket, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and Groot — just so he can join forces to take out Ronan. But he soon finds out about the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos. So he fights to ensure that Ronan never gets his hands on the orb so that the galaxy is saved — (at least until Guardians 2)
The script is clever with lots of lines that will keep you cracking up. Zoe Saldana slays as Gamora, a bad girl gone good.
Bradley Cooper rocks as gun-toting rocket, smart-ass with a smart mouth and who probably doesn’t get converted fully to the good side, but somewhere inside, I’m sure, he’s got a heart of gold.
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians knocks it out the box with boisterous humor, funny lines and playfulness. It has lots of action sequences, and some violence. But for me, it will be appropriate enough for my 5-year-old, a kid who goes to action movies quite often with my husband. The CGI makes the virtual world stunning. And I thought the movie was fresh with 70s anthems. And although this band of misfits has not been Marvel’s front men on the comic screen and big screen, you better believe the Guardians will never be forgotten and will serve as the newest intergalactic ambassadors.
I loved it. Go see it TODAY!
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY opens in theaters everywhere on August 1st!
Disclosure: I was invited to a Disney/Marvel #GuardiansoftheGalaxy Press junket in Los Angeles and received hotel accommodates, some gifts and meals. But all opinions are my own!