Think again. It’s the start of a new major Marvel Studios franchise! Comic fans have been stoked out about this 10th installment in Marvel’s cinematic universe for ages.
(Well, that’s maybe overstating it a bit.)
But the wait has definitely been worth it as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY delivers on ALL counts.
Matter of fact its star Chris Pratt’s fortunes should skyrocket with his cool lead as Peter Quill/Star-Lord.
Abducted by aliens at a very young age, later in life he’s hired to retrieve a mysterious orb that happens to control the fate of the galaxies.
Not an easy task since evil warlord Ronan (Lee Pace) wants it too—in the worst way. So to stop Ronan from becoming the ultimate holder of the powerful orb, Peter now gathers a gallery of guardians to fight him off.
And what a lively ragtime bunch they are!
There’s CGI created Rocket, a raccoon, quick-lipped by Bradley Cooper.
Sexy green skinned Gamora played by AVATAR’s Zoe Saldana.
An ever expanding tree root called Groot voiced by Vin Diesel—with WWE wrestler Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer and Benicio DelToro as The Collector.
If you’ve never heard of those Guardians Of The Galaxy before, they’ll soon become part of moviedom’s lexicon.
It’s a wisecracking, galactic space opera very much reminiscent of the original STAR WARS. Comparisons will be made.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, also featuring John C. Riley and Glenn Close, scores a cinematic B+.
(Reviewed at AMC Studio 30, Olathe)
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