“Guardians of the Galaxy:” Even Better Than Expected

Marvel hit the bull's-eye with this semi-romantic, tear-jerking, side-splitting, action-packed adventure.

The trailer will not prepare you for this insane roller-coaster-of-a-movie. After all, how many movies can actually make you laugh hysterically while crying ugly tears and gripping your soda so hard it nearly explodes?

Guardians of the Galaxy accomplishes something most movies do not: It seamlessly blends the action and adventure expected of a Marvel Studios production with a necessary overdose of well-timed (and appropriately ill-timed) humor. Add a sprinkle of romance, tension and tears, and Marvel has created its own adversary to The Avengers (2012).

But the fate of galaxy is no laughing matter for this ragtag group of misfits. Meet the main protagonist, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), an unlucky galactic scavenger who stumbles into the possession of an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser. Quill is brought together by coincidence with four other misfits, and together, they journey at first to sell the orb and split the profit and then to save the galaxy from the force within the mysterious orb.

As per norm, this Marvel masterpiece doesn’t lack in the CGI department. Every battle, planet and sweeping view of the galaxy is gorgeously animated, interspersed with just enough old technology, classic wardrobe and rundown establishments to connect to the audience. Even futuristic Xandar is a beautiful yet a realistic approach to what Earth could look like.

But more impressive than the CGI are the characters. Each character, perfectly cast and masterfully acted, brings their own gut-wrenching back story and differing personality to the group.

It’s easy to find your falling in love with them: the smooth-talking Quill, the sexy, tough Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the raging and shockingly dim-witted Drax (Dave Bautista), the temperamental raccoon mastermind Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and the loveable humanoid tree Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). You’ll find yourself laughing in the midst of inspirational moments and intense battles at Rocket’s hilarious one-liners, Quill’s improvisation and Groot’s limited vocabulary (“I am Groot”).

Forget the trailer, which only vaguely introduced you to the characters, and jump on this roller coaster. I guarantee it’ll be one of the most satisfying rides of your life.

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