Guardians of the Galaxy (Theatrical)

Meet Marvel's new team in an action-packed, epic space adventure.
James Gunn
Chris PrattLee PaceZoe Saldana
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Dave BautistaVin DieselBradley CooperMichael RookerKaren GillanDjimon HounsouJohn C. ReillyGlenn CloseBenicio Del ToroLaura HaddockSean GunnPeter Serafinowicz
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Marvel's 1st action-comedy with fantastic music to boot
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The Guardians of the Galaxy would be a first for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it was an action comedy. This would later be taken up by the Ant Man series, but this was the first of its kind.

It also featured James Gunn as director and co-writer. That was an interesting choice because he’d mostly been known for horror movies like the fantastic Slither. He and Nicole Perlman, his writing partner created a great cast of characters and a story featuring the creation of the Guardians of the Galaxy, their nemesis Ronan the Accuser from the Kree world, and brought Thanos more into the MCU by introducing his two daughters Gamora and Nebula.

The movie would also be notable because it featured an amazing soundtrack of songs mostly from the 1970s. This was also a first. That was apparent right from the start when Peter Quill lands on the planet Morag to steal an Infinity Stone and starts singing along to Come and Get Your Love by Redbone. The song has an infectious beat and a singalong chorus that immediately caught the audience’s attention. That would be followed by hit after hit Like the Five Stairsteps’ O-o-h Child at the climax of the battle with Ronan.

Anyway, the story focuses upon Ronan working for Thanos to recover an Infinity Stone. That goes wrong right off the bat when Quill steals it. Thanos’ daughter Gamora is then sent to recover it. Quill is in trouble as well as he double crosses his own group the Reavers, which brings in Rocket and Groot who are bounty hunters. They all get thrown in prison where they meet Drax the Destroyer. Together they form the Guardians who want to thwart Ronan and Thanos’ plans for the Infinity Stone. They go from planet to planet introducing new characters like the Collector and new world’s such as Xandar the home of the Nova Corps, which are all famous from Marvel comics.

There’s plenty of action such as the huge battle at the end versus Ronan, as well as comedy. Quill and Rocket for instance are always at the center of jokes like when the former flips off the Nova Corps saying he was sorry he didn’t know how his finger worked. Drax plays the straight man but makes hilarious remarks as well such as when he says nothing goes over his head because his reflexes are so fast he would catch it. Groot who only says “I am Groot” also gets in on the laughs.

Overall, this was some rip roaring fun, and would set the stage for future Marvel movies with both the characters, and its use of comedy. Definitely at the top end of MCU releases.
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BFReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome adventure / Action film / Great Soundtrack!
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This is a new set of Marvel heroes that I was not familiar with until my kids briefed me and bought me up to speed.

With so many different things happening at Marvel nowadays - it is hard to tell when (what year) things are happening. Take the new Marvel Avenger "Civil War" movie for example. In this very recent movie - Spider Man is a real young kid still in high school with pimples and awful costume.
What about all the previous (and terrific) Spider-Man Movies where he is in college? Who knows? Who cares? We're selling tickets here babe!

I believe "Guardians" is set in our time period, same as the Avengers (Why? because "Star Lord" is taken from Earth as a young child in our time period and is NOT delivered to his Dad as he was supposed to be), but now he is grown up and lives in a distant part of the galaxy. Great characters, great adventure, great directing, funny and serious all at one time. A great film with a lot of fun. Get snacks and a blanket and watch the whole thing! Crank up the sound, Great soundtrack. Highly recommended.
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MattReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
I don't understand the appeal.
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I'm not normally a fan of superhero movies, but I love sci-fi so everyone kept recommending that I watch this movie...

The movie was not good. Literally the only good line in the movie is when the tree says "I am Groot". I am really struggling here to write a review though because there was not much from the movie that I found noteworthy to even comment on - good or bad.
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lotusflowermamaReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Now my ALL-TIME FAVORITE movie! (along with G of the G, Vol. 2)
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I cannot remember when I loved a movie this much!!! The characters are all very different but relate well to each other, and it's just plain funny as hell. There is a little bit of romance, but not very much, and not in any great detail (no physical stuff you have to make the kids look away from). There are a bunch of battles, but nothing particularly gory or bloody. In fact, all of the battles are accompanied by great music, and not even battle-type music - just great music. (The whole soundtrack is great - lots of old songs brought back. I have no idea who chose all of these tracks, but they're none you'd expect and yet they just add SO much to the movie!!) A few curses (I think they said "sh_t" a couple of times?) but they DON'T drop the "F-bomb" and they even just say "A-holes" instead of "as_holes". We watched it with our 9-year-old, who really hates violence and can get freaked out by scary or creepy things (she didn't even like the bad guys in Pinocchio, although that was a few years ago), and she loved it!
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TimothyReviewed in the United States on April 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
best of the best
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With over 20 films now in the official Marvel Cinematic Universe story line, it is an impossible and pointless task to pick favorites, at least for me. Still, from the moment the original 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' hit the cinema it found a soft spot in my heart that I imagine it will occupy forever. I love everything about this film - the characters, the cast, the loving attention to the original comics, the sweet and subtle tributes to the olden days of Marvel, the humor, the action, and on and on and on. 'GOTG' is a perfect film that holds up no matter how many times I watch it, which already has been a whole bunch. The Blu-Ray release is nice too, with some cool extra features.
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StarZReviewed in the United States on April 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
We're High on Believing this is a Winner!
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This seems far-fetched that I would become such a follower of Marvel comics. I never read them as a kid. Lo and behold, I have collected most of the Marvel character movies but THIS one, by far, is my favorite and absolutely entertaining. The lure is the music - dated 80's music I remember fondly myself, and the acting; by a lovable cast of characters who embrace and run with their roles, including the voice of Bradley Cooper as a "science gone wrong", feisty, gun-weilding raccoon, with his soft spirited friend, a tree, named Groot. The dialogue is engaging and the humor is stellar!
My husband and I immediately watched it twice in one evening, then again and again, since! We sing the songs when we aren't watching the movie. We cannot wait to see the theater follow up, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (coming out May 5)! Our movie night (on my husband's birthday no less) is already planned. How can a thing be so winning? ...I guess we're simply hooked on a feeling!
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Mark TurnerReviewed in the United States on December 23, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
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The past few years have been very good to movies based on comic books. While those based on DC comics have been slow out of the gate movies based on Marvel comics licenses have skyrocketed. Perhaps the most surprising of these was a movie based on a lesser known and not hugely popular comic that took the box office by storm. Not only was it a surprise hit it just might be the best of the Marvel movies released to date. That movie arrives on DVD this week and is called GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.

The movie opens with a young boy confronted with the death of his mother to cancer. Running from the hospital he finds himself beamed aboard a UFO. Fast forward some years later and we see that boy now grown landing on a desolate planet devoid of human life forms. He steals an orb from a futuristic safe and is then set upon by minions of Ronan the Accuser out to take the orb for their leader. When he tells them his name is Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) otherwise known as Star Lord they are less than impressed, not even recognizing it. That adds to their surprise when he takes back the orb and flees with them hot on his trail.

Quill is out to make some money by taking the orb he was sent to steal to a dealer and bypassing his leader, the head of the Ravagers known as Yondu (Michael Rooker). At the same time Ronan (Lee Pace) has set his own special warrior to retrieve the orb, Gamora (Zoe Saldana). The dealer cancels the deal when he learns of Ronan’s involvement and Gamora tries to take the orb. At that same moment an unlikely pair of fortune seekers reads that Yondu has put a price on Quills head. The pair is Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper) who actually is a raccoon, and his partner Groot (Vin Diesel), a walking talking plant. As the four struggle for control of one another they are eventually captured by the space police known as the Nova Corp.

Sent to the worst prison in the universe the four make a deal to get the orb and take it to a buyer Gamora is aware of. It turns out she hates Ronan and is double crossing him. When they arrive at the prison she is set upon by a few inmates, specifically Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). When Drax learns that Gamora was not responsible for the murder of his family, he joins with the foursome to plan their escape so he can seek revenge.

Escape they do and from there the adventure moves forward with alarming speed. Moving from one part of the universe to another, pursued by Ronan who is working for a cosmic bad guy named Thanos (Josh Brolin) and wanted by the Nova Corp, the five misfits join forces to do what it right. Eventually that comes down to facing off against Ronan after he has taken the orb and utilized it to his advantage. By the third act the now called Guardians of the Galaxy have united with the Nova Corp and try to save a world from being obliterated.

I have to say that words cannot begin to describe how much I enjoyed this movie, so much so that watching it on DVD was my third viewing. I can tell you that it holds up to multiple viewings and is one that I’ll probably watch every few months, enjoying it each and every time. This movie offers the near perfect combination of action, humor, worlds of wonder and space opera unlike any seen before. Watching this movie brought back memories of the first time I saw STAR WARS. It is that good.

The driving force that brought this about was director James Gunn, a man who labored under some truly bad movies for Troma but who has grown into an accomplished director who knows how to do it right. Once you include some amazing performances by all around and in particular Pratt who brings Quill to life, you have a great flick. That is just added to by the eye popping special effects on scene here from the basic aliens done with make up to the state of the art CGI effects that bring Rocket and Groot to life.

While these things combine to make it look great, the story itself takes it over the top. This is a tale of misfits, a group of people who don’t quite fit in anywhere, who band together to form something good. In the process they begin to become friends and to care for one another. At times they frustrate one another and at others they’re willing to sacrifice themselves to save their group as well as the Universe. In so doing these criminals become the greatest of heroes.

This year I’ve seen more movies than usual not just on DVD but in theaters. I can say now without a doubt that this was by far my favorite film of the year. My guess is that due to its popularity and the fact it is comic book based it won’t be nominated for any major awards with the exception of effects. That’s too bad because for me this was the best movie of the year. Add it to your collection today.
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Gadget-GuyReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Movie is Good Entertainment - but, Poor Science
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If you don't over think the "movie", you could easily be entertained.

If you are big in to physics, astronomy, biology, etc., it could be cringe worthy

If you embrace the themes of the script, buying in to the various (weak/lame) explanations of how things function in this expanded galactic community, then you may be merely annoyed.
If a sci-fi plot hinges on the sciences and technologies for their imagined reality, then they have to stick to their own script. You live a die by your own imagined sword.
Typically, the Guardians find one implausible method after another to avoid extinction.

The plot revolves around one absolute guaranteed terminal event followed by the inevitable resurrection (Just Kidding) plot twist.

Still, if you solely view it as entertainment - it ain't half bad.
You can burn a couple of hours watching it - and, milk a couple more hours out of it, picking it apart.
Fun for the whole family.

If you can wrap your mind around a walking (almost talking) tree as a major heroic character, then you are halfway there.
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