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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Where is it playing?: Park (in 2-D), Stadium 10 (in 2-D)
What's it rated?: PG-13
What's it worth?: $10.00
Outlaw American pilot Peter Quill, er, I mean “Star-Lord” (Chris Pratt), creates an uneasy alliance with a collection of intergalactic misfits (Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper) after they steal an orb on which Ronan (Lee Pace) wants to get his villainous hands.
Imagine a sci-fi movie where every character is as awesome as Han Solo and you’ll begin to understand why Guardians of the Galaxy is the most space fun you’ll have since Star Wars parts IV through VI … or at least since the Firefly series.
Hollywood has finally figured how to make use of co-writer and director James Gunn (Slither, Super) and his special brand of irreverent filmmaking. He fleshes-out five great characters: our hero Peter Quill with his tragic back story, with which the film opens; space buddies Rocket and Groot (voiced by Cooper and Diesel, respectively), a genetically modified raccoon with a chip on his shoulder and a regenerative tree-like creature whose language skills start and end with the sentence “I am Groot” (did they really need Vin Diesel for this?); Gamora (Saldana), a beautiful green assassin; and Drax (Bautista), a hulking literalist devoid of humor. Can this band of misfits keep Ronan (Lee Pace) from acquiring a dangerous orb with the power to destroy worlds? And more importantly, can they do it to a soundtrack of incredible classic pop hits like Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” and “O-O-H Child” by The Five Stairsteps?
Hells yes! Gunn’s already signed on for the sequel, but I’m not sure I can wait until its 2017 release date!
I’ll say this about the film: Kids will definitely love it, but with its soundtrack and “retro-future” style, it really feels like a film made for people who grew up in the late-’70s and ’80s. Its messages—that all different sorts of people can be friends, that being different is OK, and that by working together we can accomplish amazing things—are great messages for people of any age.
Sure, it’s pretty silly. I mean, come on, a tree and a raccoon? But Rocket and Groot, the two CGI characters, have a lot humanity despite the fact that there’re comprised of 1s and 0s. For Groot, it’s more about his actions, but Rocket is an amazing character thanks to Cooper’s quick talking voice work. He’s really funny, as is Pratt as Peter.
This is simply a good-natured film, full of warmth and wonder. Watching it conjured the same feelings I got watching Star Wars IV, or The Princess Bride, or Raiders of the Lost Ark for the first time. Like those films, this is one that will stick with me, and perhaps the best thing I can say about it is this: I’m ready to go watch it again right now! Ooga-Chaka ooga ooga I can’t stop this feeling, deep inside of me! (121 min.)