1781910_10152193595517708_1687824606_nWhat’s it all about?

Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.

As a description gives so much and yet so little. Deals with the McGuffin but not the gang or the quest or the big fight that you know will come at the end. So a starting point is all.

Why did I want to see it?

I have become a convert to all things Marvel, and this was next on the list after 3 x Iron Men, 2 x Thors, 2 x Captain Americas, assembled Avengers and the Agents of Shield.

Have I missed anything out?

What did I think of it?

This was an absolute hoot, really great fun and delightful from start to finish. I knew nothing about the Guardians going in to see the film so had no expectations whatsoever and was thoroughly entrained from the start.

Main thoughts are:

  • probably wouldn’t have been half so successful if Chris Pratt wasn’t so loveable as Star Lord, I was really rooting for him;
  • it would have been  complete disaster if Rocket hadn’t been so well done both in the rendering of the physical character and the voice talent of Bradley Cooper (who is an actor I can take or leave, at least since he stopped being in Alias with Jennifer Garner);
  • I am Groot. Smashing;
  • green and blue women fighting to carry out/stop the Important Technical Thing necessary for the big fight to happen (nice to see Karen Gillan being not-Amy (much as I love Amy);
  • the literalness of Drax – amusing;
  • Glenn Close – fabulous hairdo;
  • Ronan really is a very petulant and stroppy villain, I liked him though his face paint was a tiny wee bit distracting;
  • the music. I got confused at first because I’d read that this was the music of Peter’s childhood so I thought 80s stuff and the very first song was a 70s thing and then  I realised it was Mom-related so that’s all OK then. Still have the Jackson 5 stuck in my head three days later though;
  • I had to look up the content of the post-credit sequence on t’Internet cos I didn’t get the import (see lack of Marvel experience here) but I get it now, I think;
  • it is very funny indeed.

It’s firmly on the to-buy-as-soon-as-it-comes-out-on-DVD list and I’m hoping to see it again with a chum while it’s still in cinemas.