Starring: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.
I was really excited to see Guardians of the Galaxy, mostly because this is one of the first movies this year that I didn’t go see opening weekend, which meant that I wasn’t the first one telling my friends how gorgeous sweet amazing baby it was! Everyone kept asking me if I had seen it and I hadn’t because my movie buddy (the boyfriend, obviously) was away in New York for the opening weekend, so I had to patiently wait until he got back to see it.
It was definitely worth the wait!
The movie starts off with a young Peter Quill in a hospital, waiting to be let into his mother’s room. He’s listening to a walkman, and is interrupted by his Grandpa, urging him to go and sit by his mother’s side. First of all, I’d like to say how much of a shock it was to see Gregg Henry playing such a … nice role, especially one of the distraught grandfather. I’m used to seeing him on Scandal as Hollis Doyle, who is quite the opposite of nice. Anyway, after the young Peter Quill runs out of the hospital as his mother dies, he’s kidnapped by a spaceship.
Fast forward to the future, Peter is still listening to that walkman and is on a planet that is very distinctly not earth. He’s there to steal the orb, but is almost stopped by somebody else who also wants the orb. Apparently, there are quite a few people that want the orb for its power but we find all of that out in due time.
We’re introduced to Gamora, Groot and Rocket as they fight with Peter in the middle of a public space. Gamora is trying to steal the orb, meanwhile Groot and Rocket want to capture and sell Peter since he’s wanted for quite a lot of money—mostly for stealing the orb.
All four are captured and brought to prison. They come up with a way to break out of it, along with a fellow inmate named Drax who wants to avenge his family. In trying to ensure that the orb doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, these five unlikely heroes begin to form a bond. What’s very touching about their friendship is the fact that it’s all a very new experience for them. Yet, in a short timespan they’ve managed to form a strong friendship that eventually helps them out in the end.
I felt particularly teary-eyed when Groot created a barrier around his friends to protect them from the oncoming explosion that was about to happen. Rocket was extremely distressed about this fact, which is probably due to the fact that it had always been the both of them until the other three came along. What really made the moment special is hearing Groot say, We are Groot. Those three words were powerful enough to get the message across that Groot would do anything, even sacrifice himself, to protect his loved ones.
Guardians of the Galaxy did a good job in portraying the fact that everyone is lonely and needs a friend, and that the bonds of friendship pop up in the most unlikely places.