Marvel Studios has been on fire of late. Based on the movies they have put out lately and the buzz surrounding Guardians of the Galaxy, my expectations were pretty high. The concept of the movie is that a misfit band of people of different races, including a talking raccoon and a tree that walks and talks, escape from prison and band together to capture an orb that contains an infinity stone, a weapon so powerful that it can destroy all of the life on a planet. Star Lord, played by Chris Pratt, is ostensibly the leader of this band of misfits. Trying to get the orb is Ronan the Accuser, a super-powerful alien being. Ronan’s intention is to destroy the planet of Xander, whose peace treaty he blames for killing his family and people.
This movie works in many ways. What I liked most about it is that the movie is very funny. Rocket the Raccoon, whose voice is played by Bradley Cooper, had a number of hilarious lines. The character of Groot, the big tree, only said one thing in the entire movie, but he did so very effectively. Star Lord’s numerous eighties and nineties music references were also hilarious. The story was intelligent and well-crafted. There were tons of actions and effects. I watched the movie with my two sons, and the movie worked at different levels for the whole family. This is a movie that I recommend watching.