The kids and I saw an early screening of Guardians of the Galaxy last week. We loved it. The movie is about a group of extraterrestrial misfits who are on the run after stealing a coveted orb. The film is action pack, very entertaining, and fun to watch. Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t as serious as the other Marvel superhero movies like Captain America and Thor. It’s on the light side like the Fantastic Four movies. Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel Studio) opens today at a theater near you. Continue reading to learn eight things about the movie.
Eight Things About the Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy ties in with Thor and Avengers
Guardians loosely ties in with Thor. At the end of the second Thor movie, the Asgardians handed the Aether to the Collector. According to the Asgardians, the Aether is the second Infinity Stone in their possesion and it’s not a good idea to keep them together. The other Infinity Stone is the Tesseract from the first Captain America and Avengers movies. There are actually six Infinity Stones and they each have a different power. In Guardians, the Collector tries to acquire the third Infinity Stone, which is inside a special orb everyone wants. The main characters get their hands on it and try to sell it to the Collector. But a more power adversary wants the orb because he can use it to destroy worlds.
It’s a sci-fi story
On paper, Guardians of the Galaxy is a movie about a team of superheroes. But in reality, the film is a sci-fi story about five people: Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket. None of them are even heroes when we first meet them. Star Lord is a thief with a few gadgets that help him out from time to time. Gamora is essentially a bad guy’s enforcer with super strength and agility. She’s also green. Drax is super strong and was in prison when we first meet him. Groot looks like a tree and his vocabulary is limited to “I am Groot.” Rocket looks like a raccoon and is a master at escaping prisons. BTW, except for the first five minutes of the film, the entire story takes place in a galaxy far, far away.
Guardians of the Galaxy features Thanos, Nova, and Ronin
In addition to the five main characters (Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket) and the Collector, other Marvel characters include Ronin, Thanos (one of the villains in the second Avengers movie), Nova Corps, Nebula, Yondu Udonta and Korath-Thak. In the comics, the Nova Corps was essentially an intergalactic police force with super powers. In Guardians, they are still a police force but they don’t seem to have any superpowers. Just big guns.
The film doesn’t waste time on the characters’ origin
Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t waste time establishing the origin of the main characters. This surprised me because most of the main characters of the Avengers movie each had their own origin film. That’s not the case with Guardians. So I was expecting the movie to devote some time to the characters origins. But that’s not the case. The movie jumps right into the meat of the story without spending a lot of time on the characters’ background. The film is fast paced and full of action.
Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t try to be realistic
With movies about superheroes, we’re suppose to suspend belief and just go with it. But at times, Guardians of the Galaxy was just too silly to believe. For instance, in one scene, Star Lords risks his life to retrieve his 20-year old Sony Walkman. The item has sentimental value to Star Lord, but it was hard to believe he would take on so many heavily armed people to retrieve it. In another scene, Star Lord starts dancing to distract Ronin and it worked even though Ronin had a weapon pointed at Star Lord! Seriously? Then there’s the scenes when the main characters say “A-hole” instead of asshole. He’s a criminal that lives in a world that’s very dangerous. People shoot at him routinely and he shoots back. Why would he politely call the people shooting at him A-holes?
The movie is rated PG-13
Guardians of the Galaxy is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language. The rating is mainly for the fighting scenes. As I mentioned previously, the 121-minute film uses profanity politely.
Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt stars as the main character, Peter Quill (Star Lord). I had my doubts about him because I usually see him in sidekick roles, not the main character. But Pratt did a great job playing the criminal turned hero. The film also featured Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Vin Diesel (Groot), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Lee Pace (Ronan), Michael Rooker (Yondu Udonta), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Djimon Hounsou (Korath), John C. Reilly (Corpsman Dey), Glenn Close (Nova Prime), Benicio Del Toro (The Collector), Laura Haddock (Meredith Quill), Sean Gunn (Kraglin / on set Rocket), Peter Serafinowicz (Denarian Saal), and Josh Brolin (Thanos). Guardians of the Galaxy was directed by James Gunn.
It has an awesome soundtrack
I love the soundtrack for the Guardians of the Galaxy. There are a lot of great tunes from the 70’s in the movie.