Hooked on a movie


Apparently, violent, talking cyborg raccoons with big guns and mentally challenged humanoid trees make good movie stars.

These characters, known as Rocket and Groot, are two of the five title characters in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Marvel’s fantastically amazing newest feature film. The movie follows the adventures of a band of criminalsRocket, Groot, Gamora, Drax and Peter Quill (Star Lord, man)and their quest to stop the evil Ronan from destroying a planet.

Everything in this movie is amazing. The storyline, while not having the most original plot in the world, is still entertaining and provides for some pretty exemplary scenes and settings. The acting is superb, and even the CGI (Computer Generated Images) characters are defined and developed well, thanks in part to the voicing talents of Bradley Cooper (Rocket) and Vin Diesel (Groot).

One thing that really sets the movie apart is the characters. Rocket, the hilarious, gun-wielding raccoon, is not only the most awesome rodent in movie history, but he also provides several emotional scenes throughout the film. Groot, the walking, talking tree whose vocabulary is limited to “I am Groot,” is funny, too, and also kicks some major butt during the (well-executed) fight scenes. Gamora, the green assassin lady, has some funny lines, too, and her duel with her adopted cyborg sister Nebula was a very good scene. Drax, the psychotic maniac who talks like Data from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” is an entertaining character whose personal vendetta against Ronan has some large impacts on the plot. The main character, Peter Quill, A.K.A. Star Lord, is as funny as any Chris Pratt-acted character, and he perfectly blends elements of Han Solo, Indiana Jones and Captain Jack Sparrow into a flawless space rebel adventurer character. And he listens to ‘70s and ‘80s music, which makes him even more awesome.

The supporting characters are also strong. Ronan, the villain, is one of the better baddies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. Nebula, played by former “Doctor Who” actress Karen Gillan, is also a pretty interesting character who I hope to see in the already-confirmed sequel.

Another great thing about the movie is its sheer action-packed goofiness. One of my favorite scenes involves a raccoon-masterminded jailbreak plan that’s almost foiled when everyone’s favorite tree acts too soon, prompting Star Lord to buy a prisoner’s robotic leg. Another scene involves spaceships with hands flying around inside a giant disembodied head while ripping apart other spaceships that are chasing after a green lady with a silver ball. Somehow, the Guardians manages to make scenes like these not feel totally weird, and the goofiness simply provides humor to an already hilarious and well-made movie.

Not only is the movie itself the best film I’ve seen in 2014, but it also has large impact on the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. The villain Thanos makes his second-ever appearance in movie history in the film, and while his presence is mainly a teaser for future Avengers movies, it promises a chilling and downright epic villain for Marvel’s heroes to face off against. In addition, the movie introduces several other things of import to the greater Marvel universe, such as the Nova Corps and an explanation of the Infinity Stones.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is an amazing, fantastic, wonderful, superb, glorious movie, and, for lack of any more positive adjectives, I don’t think I’ll say any more about it.

5 out of 5 stars.