Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest tent-pole big budget super hero movie from Marvel comics starring Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Vin Diesel (Groot) and Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon).  The movie was directed by James Gunn who’s previous movies weren’t all that spectacular but with Guardians of the Galaxy his name will definitely fall on everyone’s A-list.

The Guardians of the Galaxy comic book and its heroes have been around for many years however they are not the most popular of the Marvel family books.  Guardians obscurity meant two things – the Marvel film studio could introduce an entirely brand new world onto movie fans and there was a huge risk of spending tons of money on an unproven property.

We’re happy to say that the risk paid off – the Guardians of the Galaxy film is a treat in most every way.  As a science fiction action romp it introduces a handful of new characters all with their own backstory and unique take on the landscape around them.  Guardians of the Galaxy is set in a far away region of space so this means the movie can co-exist in current Marvel movie lore yet introduce elements with potential for future crossover appeal.  The hero of the movie Star-Lord (played by Chris Pratt) does an excellent job of juggling the ‘fish out of water’ element of being a human in a mostly alien-like world.

The only thing about the movie we didn’t care for much was the music choices and soundtrack – something germane to the storytelling.  James Gunn filtered Guardians of the Galaxy with a good deal of one-hit-wonder 1970s songs which add flavor to the movie yet probably do more to feed disbelief of the fiction.

Marvel thus far has two home runs in 2014 first with Captain America Winter Soldier and now with Guardians of the Galaxy.

Guardians of the Galaxy Video Review