As I may have told you fine readers before, I have a relatively new appreciation for comic book movies. I’ve never liked Christian Bale as Batman, and I’ve given up on the Spidermans — there are just too many — but the latest Marvel movies are really something special. I enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy almost as much as Joss Whedon’s Avengers.
(I am not so good at remembering all the weird planet and character names, so bear with me here.) Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) was abducted by aliens at about age 10, and since being adopted by a bunch of blue men Peter has been making his way across the galaxies hunting for long lost treasure and selling it to the highest bidders. His latest find, a baseball-sized orb containing (unbeknownst to him) an infinity stone, is a pretty hot commodity as evidenced by all the people/creatures coming after him for it. One such person/creature is Gamora (Zoe Saldana), daughter of main villain Thanos, who has been killing lots of people lately, but Gamora isn’t retrieving the item for her father. She’s retrieving it in hopes of eliminating him and his evil plan once and for all. So Peter, Gamora, Groot (a humanoid tree voiced by Vin Diesel), Rocket (a super-raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Drax (Dave Bautista) team up to bring the orb somewhere safe. The usual comic book movie action/chaos ensues, including lots of space travel and things blowing up and supernatural fighting.
This movie features a lot more comic relief, mostly from you’ve-been-working-out-haven’t-you Chris Pratt, than other superhero stories, but I think that’s a good thing. (I always like when horror movies feature comedy, too; like, they know the plot is outrageous so they can poke a little fun at themselves/the genre while still creating an enjoyable film.) I also like the way all of these Marvel movies tie together — the “Collector” who the team originally brings the infinity stone to was at the end of the latest Thor — and how they all have that sneaky little clip at the way way end of the credits. I would also like to point out that I saw this movie about six blocks from my apartment and sat right behind New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife and son. Bill and family seemed to the enjoy the film as much as I did, in case anyone was wondering.