Monday, August 4, 2014




Do not continue to read if you do not want to know about the movie.
If you do read and complain about spoilers - you will be sold to Yondu as food for his crew.
Just saying :)

Image captured via Google search - Marvel Toy News

Marvel Movie Magic

Marvel has the recipe for moviegoers and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) doesn't disappoint. From the opening sequence, it grabs you and doesn't let you go. You are invested from the get-go. Chris Pratt is Peter Quill a.k.a Star-Lord. As a young child he tragically lost his mother, in his despair he runs from the hospital and is taken. Before she passed, she commented that Peter's dad was like an angel; I think this will come into play later. As he runs from the hospital in great grief, he is picked up by an alien spaceship.
Peter Quill - Image captured via Google search - Bam Smack Pow

Michael Rooker portrays the Slaver Leader Yondu Udonta. After Peter betrays him by stealing the mysterious orb that he was contracted to obtain and bring back to him. However, Peter decides to go out on his own, only causing more events to unfold. Yondu leads the helm of the ship that originally picked the young Peter Quill off of Earth (or as they refer, Terra). Toward the end of the movie, Yondu comments that they were originally suppose to pick Peter up and deliver him to his (Peter's) father.
Ronan - Image captured via Google search - Moviepilot

Once Peter has this mysterious orb, he is on the hot list! Djimon Hounson plays Korath, a goon for Ronan who is there when Peter finds the orb and miraculously escapes his clutches. A genocidal maniac, Ronan (portrayed gorgeously by Lee Pace) sends one of his assassins for the orb. Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is the assassin that tells Ronan that she is the best for the job. He sends her unknowingly that she has motives of her own. Ronan was originally going to send Nebula (Karen Gillan), but Gamora talks him into sending her.

Gamora - Image captured via Google search - ScreenRant

Meanwhile, on a civilized planet (lead by the legendary talent of Glenn Close as Nova Prime) Peter Quill is there trying to get his score for the orb. After the buyer finds out Ronan is now involved, he quickly dismisses Quill in fear of Ronan's wrath. Waiting for him outside of the sellers quarters is the beautiful, deadly assassin Gamora. However, in the process Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) find out that Yondu has a price on Quill's head. They want to capture Quill for the booty! All four of them end up in a scuffle and are captured by the planets military or police force. Another great character is one of the officers who is portrayed by John C. Reilly.
Image captured via Google search - ComicBook

Once imprisoned, the four quickly hatch a plan to escape and include their newest member Drax (Dave Bautista). Once they make it out of the prison they awkwardly compromise that they have to get the orb from the prison (who had taken the orb along with their other possessions upon becoming prisoners). The prison break-out scene was one of my favorites. I thought for sure my favorite character would be Gamora, the kick-ass female lead, even the smart-ass Star-Lord, or even the snarky Rocket... but - no - my favorite character was definitely Groot! And one of the first scenes that he quickly took over this role was in the beginning of the prison break-out.
Rocket - Image captured via Google search - CinemaBlend

Once out of the prison, the plan is to take the orb to Gamora's buyer - who is The Collector (Benicio Del Toro). Once there The Collector unleashes the true identity behind the mysterious orb. Now that Gamora knows, she understands that this is a weapon that Ronan intends to destroy planets (in particular the planet the Guardians had been imprisoned on). However, chaos doesn't give them the time. One of The Collectors slaves touches the stone and nearly kills them all - only killing herself. They know now that they must get the stone as far away from Ronan and Thanos (Josh Brolin) = the bad guys.
Drax - Image captured via Google search - Geeks of Doom

However, a drunken scuffle breaks out between Groot, Drax, and Rocket. Quill and Gamora are able to break up the fight. But, a drunken Drax (full of rage and seeking vengence upon the being that killed his wife and daughter - Ronan) sends a message out and before they know it Ronan and his army are upon them. Not to mention Yondu, who has been after Quill, also shows up. Another epic fight against the odds pins Quill, Gamora, and Rocket working together to fight for survival. Drax finds Ronan and barely escapes. Groot finds Drax and saves his life. When they are rejoined by Rocket who fills them in on how Quill and Gamora were captured by Yondu and his crew. I absolutely love the scenes between Rocket and Groot when Rocket interprets for Groot - who only knows about three to four words. Hilarious.
Yondu - Image captured via Google search - Rope of Silicon

Once upon the Slaver or Scavenger ship, Yondu is ready to kill Quill for his betrayal. However, Quill quickly informs them that Gamora knows the in and outs of Ronan's ship. That they could get the stone back and he could get the reward. Now, they all have to work together against a very powerful being - Ronan. They have to work together and have the help of Yondu and his men. Plus - Peter contacts the other planet (I believe Xandarian?) he calls the officer Corpsman Dey, who relays the message to Nova Prime, in time to evacuate their city and save lives. They also initiate their army to aide against Ronan and his invasion to destroy their planet.
Image captured via Google search - Collider

Overall, the movie is a stellar experience. There is plenty of heart, action, and comedy to please everyone! I would definitely go - spend the money to see this on the big screen. There is a scene after the credits have finished as well. Those of you that were around in 1986 will get an appreciation of the special guest star in the scene.