A movie about a wanderer who calls himself “Star Lord,” a green-skinned warrior, an ent, a tattoo-covered felon, and a raccoon. Hardly what one would expect to be the makings of a popular Marvel franchise.

hr_Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_46Featuring downright obscure characters from the Marvel universe, my initial expectation was that Guardians of the Galaxy would be an Avengers-esque knockoff, in space. Well, I was wrong–it was one of the most original Marvel films of the past few years!

The story kicks off with Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star Lord) obtaining a powerful orb, one that a number of villainous individuals also want. Heading the list is an alien named Ronan. When he sends green-skinned Gamora to take the orb, he doesn’t know that Rocket Raccoon and Groot are also trying to catch Quill in order to collect the bounty on his head.

After police arrest Quill, Gamora, Rocket, and Groot and imprison them in a high-security facility with an inmate named Drax, the group forms an unlikely alliance in order to escape the prison and…save the galaxy!

Quill is the enterprising, slightly-cocky wanderer, Gamora, the warrior. Rocket is the team strategist, Groot is…well, a tree of few words. Drax is the slightly dense muscle of the team who has trouble understanding idioms. When someone comments about lots of things going over his head, he responds:

Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I will catch it.

Word plays abound. Without taking itself too seriously and with a large dose of humor, Guardians manages to make up for its lamer parts by being a fun, funny, sci-fi action movie.

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