Story: The Guardians of the Galaxy (played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Baustista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper) are on the run from a race of gold-skinned, uptight aliens; the Ravagers, led by the blue-skinned Yondu (Michael Rooker); and Gamora’s vengeful sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan). They bump into Peter’s long lost father, a powerful celestial being known as Ego (Kurt Russel). With Ego is his assistant Mantis, a childlike empath played by Pom Klementieff. Ego wants Peter (the leader of the Guardians, played by Pratt) to join him on the planet he created to help accomplish the immortal Ego’s life purpose, but Peter and Gamora (Saldana) are suspicious of Ego’s intentions.
If you don’t leave the theater with a big grin on your face after watching Guardians of the Galaxy, you have no soul. It’s as simple as that. The opening credits sequence, our lead character dancing to 80s pop music, filled me with such joy. Why? Because the character clearly loves the music just as much as the filmmakers loved making this film. The obvious enjoyment and heart imbedded into this film mixed with the great soundtrack and exciting action translates into one hell of a good time at the movies. Continue reading →