prologue featuring a young Peter Quill witnessing the last breaths of his
mother, we find ourselves on a desolate planet that is home
to the remnants of an ancient, alien civilization. It is 26 years later and our hero Peter Quill (Chris
Pratt) is searching for
something, using a high-tech visor to see into the past.
Putting on a pair of headphones, Peter pushes
a button on his portable cassette player. Peter has become a member of a
group called the Ravagers, who abducted him from Earth. In a scene in the
ruins, Quill has taken a mysterious orb that only a few people know of and even
less want, due to the destructive power inside it.
Peter's friend Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is also a humanoid alien. She is the adopted daughter of Thanos—another
humanoid alien with ambitions to rule the galaxy. She is also one of the chief
warriors of Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), another villain who wants to rule the galaxy.
(Dave Bautista) is a muscle-bound, tattoo-covered alien with a vast vocabulary, but an inability to comprehend metaphor. His friend Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper) is a genetically-modified
cybernetically-enhanced raccoon bounty hunter with a gun fetish, and
Groot (voice of Vin Diesel)
is an anthropomorphic tree with a five-word vocabulary.
from their physical appearances, there isn't much that distinguishes these
characters. As a result of some standard-issue back story, each of them has a
chip the size of a dwarf planet on his or her shoulder, and they all react to
difficulty with sarcasm and a bad attitude. The exception is Groot, but
obviously, he isn't much of a conversationalist. There's a pattern to their
dialogue and jokes, such as the way Quill contextualizes information using
pop-culture references from the 1980s. You'd think he'd have wider pool of
knowledge after over two decades of exploring the galaxy.
world of Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn ("Super") is eye-catching in a general way, from a utopian metropolis to a
spaceship prison, but these are just plot markers, lacking specifics. The action
sequences are rather nondescript, and the climax is an arduous sequence of visual
pollution consisting mostly of bright colors and frantic, unintelligible motion.
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