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Michael Offerosky’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
I-I-I-I'm Hooked On A Feeling
--Blue Swede, 1973
Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is pure joy. Watch the film and it's like you are twelve years old again. This is the Lite FM of Superhero comedies, which despite how it sounds isn't a dig. Let me explain, the film begins with Peter Quill on Earth and his Mom is in the hospital dying of cancer. She passes and he runs outside crying only to get sucked up into space by a beam of light. Years later and Peter Quill aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt) keeps his most treasured possession by his side at all times; a cassette walkman with a mixtape inside from his mother. It's got all the classic songs she loved when growing up. The film is punctuated by great song after great song, the soundtrack must be terrific.
Back to the plot Star Lord steals an orb for a dealer, unbeknownst of what it is, the powers it possesses, or what it does. After stealing the orb Star Lord becomes a wanted man with a bounty on his head. Out to collect the bounty are Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), a talking, walking raccoon, and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), his houseplant and defender. Out to steal the orb is Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the daughter of Thanos. Thanos is a god like immortal (one of the bad guys). Gamora, Rocket, Groot and Star Lord all end up in a space jail together. That is where they meet Drax (Dave Bautista) who's singular mission is to kill Ronan (another bad guy immortal) who killed his wife and daughter. Gamora, Groot, Rocket, Drax, and Star Lord escape space jail and team up to save the orb from falling into the wrong hands, namely Ronan and Thanos'.
This is one of the funnest times that I had in the theater all summer. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY doesn't disappoint. If you go, make sure you stay through the end credits (unless it was spoiled for you when it leaked online). This is a break out role for Chris Pratt who has quick comedic timing and shows that he's quite capable of being the lead. Even if you aren't a superhero fan, this is fun. Highly recommended.