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Guardians of the Galaxy review: a rip rocking good time (Spoilers possible)

I’d been waiting for months to catch this movie in the theaters. And let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint. Starring Chris Pratt (Andy Dwyer in one of my favorite shows, Parks and Recreation), Zoe Saldana (is she in like every Sci Fi movie released lately?), Dave Bautista (he used to wrestle with Ric Flair and Triple H, y’all), and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, Guardians of the Galaxy takes the Marvel Universe fun from the usual home base of Earth to outer space.

So the story goes like this: Peter Quill, aka Starlord (Pratt), is a human who pretends to be an almost Indiana Jones, but instead of yelling “It belongs in a museum!” constantly, he just steals relics that are worth a lot of money. Gamora (Saldana) is a Zen Whoberis who has an association with Thanos (Josh Brolin) and Ronan (Lee Pace), and she’s after the same relic as Quill but for different reasons. They form an unlikely alliance with three criminals, Rocket Racoon (Cooper) and his sidekick Groot (Diesel), an Ent looking being who loves a dance, and Drax the Destroyer (Bautista), a big bad burly dude who has an issue with metaphors and carries a raging desire to murder Thanos. And rightly so, because Thanos is a Titan on a quest to destroy the universe and he likes to kill for fun.

(For you Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. viewers, you get to spend some time with the Krees. How cool is that?)

Standout performances for me: Pratt (of course), Bautista and Cooper. I tend to think Cooper overacts (American Hustle comes to mind), but he really nailed Rocket’s anger and snarkiness. Pratt is an old favorite, and it’s nice to see his comic chops translate from the small screen to the big one. I mean come on, how can you not like him?

Dave Bautista knocked it out of the park. Believe it, the wrestler turned actor stole the show. Evidently, he was so intent on doing a good job that he went out and got tons of acting lessons, and it shows. His comedic and dramatic chops were on point. Plus obviously, the action sequences were crazy good. My husband thought that maybe his body was somewhat CGI, but nope. That’s him all right:

Drax the Destroyer/ Dave Bautista

If you like the Marvel movies, go see this one. It’s great. Stay after the credits for some interesting footage.

  1. August 3, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    This Movie was awesome. I even dressed for the occasion by wearing the black tee shirt with Rocket and Groot on it that I bought at Wal-mart last weekend. 🙂

    • Jen
      August 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      Cool 🙂 It was definitely great. I hope to watch it again this coming weekend if possible.

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