GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – Rated PG-13 – May contain spoilers

Get ready St. Louis movie fans – the time has finally arrived for us to see what St. Louis native James Gunn has achieved as co-writer and director of what is sure to be one of – if not THE Blockbuster Film of Summer 2014 – with his latest creative endeavor –  GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY…..

As we meet a young Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) he has just lost his mother – when moments later – he is abducted into a spacecraft to never return to earth….say what?

Fast forward 26 years and the space world is being ruled by the sinister Ronan (Lee Pace) and his two sisters Nebula (Karen Gillian) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana).  They have just been notified that some crazy humanoid has seized the orb of destruction that everyone wants – and he must be eliminated!

Gamora volunteers to capture Quill and the orb – so with Ronan’s blessing she heads off the rid the galaxy of this amateur.  Quill heads back to planet Xandar to collect his fee for securing the orb, and finds himself being hunted by two bounty hunters  – Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel), who want to collect the very high bounty on Quill’s head.  As the boys are trying to capture Quill – apparently Gamora has also arrived to rid the galaxy of him too– as they play a little game of cat and mouse trying to capture each other and secure the orb.

The Nova Corps military force seizes all of them and places them in a maximum security facility already housing hundreds of ingrates that call the penitentiary home.   When the crew finds another inmate who is hell bent on taking Ronan out named Drax (Dave Bautista), he joins their merry band of misfits – hoping that he too can rid the world of Ronan before it is too late……

Is Gamora actually friend or foe?  Is Quill going to become the galaxy’s ultimate leader – Or perish at the hands of Ronan – or maybe even his own crew? And where do Rocket and Groot fit in – as a raccoon and a tree can’t possibly save the galaxy from ultimate annihilation – or can they?

I give GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 4 out of 5 stars:  Chris Pratt was incredibly entertaining playing a role completely different than what we are used to seeing him in and Bradley Cooper’s voicing of Rocket was also right on the money.  Zoe Saldana is setting herself up to become one of the new “action” actresses of this decade too, but the biggest surprise for me was seeing John C Reilly as Corpsman Dey – this is totally a new area of creativity for this seasoned actor.  I also extremely enjoyed all the 80’s music and references that it inferred throughout the film, along with the subtleties of space films from the past – like the images in the beginning of the film being reminiscent of watching R2D2 –  to the sounds of the fighting being reminiscent of any STAR WARS film EVER – let’s just say if that was what they were trying to accomplish, they nailed it!  The 3D and cinematography of this film was awesome too, as visually it is absolutely sensational.  And even though it has a PG – 13 rating for violence and some of the off color jokes throughout I am guessing – I would say that anyone ages 10 and over will totally enjoy this film – and much of the adult humor which MARVEL and DISNEY are known for throwing in – isn’t so off color that they haven’t been exposed to it on any television show that you can view past 7 p.m. at night.  So head out to a theater near you this weekend and check out GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – and you may want to reserve your seats early too… everyone is going to have the same idea – I will lay money on this one 😉

Kathy Kaiser

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