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A runaway prince, a psycho-killer, the Mad Titan Thanos’ daughter, a giant tree and a talking raccoon. Sounds pretty bizarre, I’m sure, but they’re all pretty awesome. These five make up the Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest team of comic book heroes Marvel has brought to the silver screen, and with a fantastic response. Director James Gunn was tasked with bringing these characters into a more modern time and making them a believable sort of ragtag outlaws. He succeeded.

With a stellar cast such as Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista and the “talents” of Vin Diesel, how could this movie not succeed? Of course, some were still skeptical as to whether the film would be good or not, oddly enough.

The plot revolves around the human Peter Quill, abducted by a group of alien ravagers in the mid-80s and taken under the wing of the Ravagers’ leader, Yondu. We follow Quill years later, a grown man under the alias of Star-Lord, and go with him as he uncovers a deadly artifact that has some deadly implications and a price on it that would shake the foundation of any space pirate. The Mad Titan Thanos is after the artifact, as it contains something pivotal to his domination of the universe. He dispatches his crone, Ronan the Accuser, along with his daughter Gamora, to find it and bring it to him. This, however, does not go according to plan.

Gamora is taken to jail, along with Quill and two new members of the fray, Rocket Raccoon and Groot, where they meet Drax the Destroyer. Drax is distraught and seeks vengeance for the deaths of his daughter and wife by Thanos’ doing. An uneasy alliance is formed and the group escapes to find out just what exactly this artifact is, with a whole manner of hilarity and action-filled moments to ensue before they reach their final goal.

I was in love with this film the first time I laid eyes on the trailer. When I went to go see it, my excitement was only doubled as it exceeded any and every expectation I had for it. I commend James Gunn on his style of direction, commend the writers for the out-of-this-world script, and commend the actors just as much as anyone else. Were it not for Chris Pratt’s performance as Star-Lord, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Bautista as Drax, Saldana as Gamora or even Diesel as Groot, this movie may have been a flop. Packaged all together with James Gunn at its helm, you have a stellar film at hand.

I give Guardians of the Galaxy five out of five stars, and recommend anyone who has not seen it to pick it up on blu-ray when it releases.

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