Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

We are Groot!
I had heard tons of great things about Guardians of the Galaxy - the latest from Marvel - from my brolleague/Dan Bilzerian lookalike Mattias and bromosexual life partner Tom, so I decided to check it out on Sunday. Hardly knowing what to exactly expect, other than their raving recommendations and the trailer I saw a while ago, I ended up having a great time. Lend me your attention, idiots, as I tell you why you should definitely go see this awesome movie.

Hold on to your butts:

Twenty-six years after being kidnapped from Earth following his mother's death, legendary outlaw Star-Lord aka Peter Quill (Parks and Recreation actor Chris Pratt) is about to steal an orb.  During this endeavor, he butts heads with Korath (Gladiator star Djimon Hounsou), one of the faithfuls of creepy Kree lord Ronan (Lee Pace), but Quill manages to escape. He soon after has to deal with space pirate captain Yondu (Michael Rooker), his unhappy boss, and green assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), sent by Ronan to retrieve the orb. After all, Ronan badly needs the orb to eradicate his mortal enemies, the Xandarians. Gamora is the first to locate Peter, and as they start engaging in fisticuffs, they draw an interesting pair of bounty hunters: genetically engineered raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and tree-like humanoid Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel).

I don't want to go much further into the plot, because I don't want to give anything away, but I dare not withold that, among others, professional wrestler Dave BautistaJohn C. ReillyGlenn Close and Benicio del Toro are also in #GOTG, making for quite a cast of stars. Director James Gunn (the dude behind PG Porn) combined the considerable talent at his disposal with a massive amount of CGI to create a fun and entertaining retro-futuristic action movie that is almost a spoof but not quite. There's a ton of action, there's a lot of laughs, the 70's soundtrack is amazing, and I guarantee that you will find yourself rooting for this rag-tag crew of intergalactic guardians for a full 122 minutes.

Oh, and by the way, Rocket is the awesomest anthropomorphic action hero ever, narrowly edging out rat sensei Splinter from Steve Barron's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). 

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