Peter Quill, a goofy yet charismatic space adventurer – who calls himself as Star Lord, retrieves a mysterious orb for an anonymous client. The same orb is searched for by many parties including Gomorra – the double agent inside Ronan’s army. Rocket – a cybernetically modified animal, Groot his personal muscle – a humanoid plant hybrid with a diction of just three words and Drax – a hulking figure who is hell bent on his revenge on Ronan, join their adventure. How this gang of misfits come together and become the Guardians of the Galaxy forms the rest of the story.
Running Time:
121 min
Release date:
1 August 2014
Directed by:
James Gunn
Produced by:
Kevin Feige
Written by:
James Gunn
Nicole Perlman
Based on:
Guardians of the Galaxy by Dan Abnett
Andy Lanning
Chris Pratt
Zoe Saldana
Dave Bautista
Vin Diesel
Bradley Cooper
Lee Pace
Music by:
Tyler Bates
Shot by:
Ben Davis
Edited by:
Fred Raskin
Craig Wood
Hughes Winborne
Distributed by:
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

What’s Hot

  • Though the writing sticks closely to the superhero storylines and templates, it still manages to stand out in small and interesting ways that makes this movie stand out amidst the over-saturation of superhero franchisees. The goofy oddball humor works well for the most part.
  • The five lead characters are interestingly sketched and played very well. Chris Pratt as wacky Star Lord listening to ‘Awesome mix tapes’ while adventuring. Dave Bautista as Drax who takes everything literally, Rocket as the boisterous cynic who hates being looked down upon and Groot – who emotes using just three words pretty well as anyone else make an interesting gang of heroes. Zoe Saldana as Gomorra is the only silent action hero prototype who becomes interesting in contrast with these dysfunctional folks. The acting by all these characters is more than sufficient for a superhero movie.
  • All the other technical departments complement the ‘cool’ pace of the movie. The cinematography and the editing are done with this pacing in mind and they effectively bring out the ‘coolness’ factor. The VFX department has done a great job to complement this too.
  • The usage of music from the 70’s adds to the hip nature of the movie. A fascinating soundtrack is used well gelling with the context of the movie.

What’s Not

  • Lots of good actors have been wasted in smaller roles, as is the case with any superhero franchise. Glenn Close and John C. Reilly as officers in Nova Prime, Benicio Del Toro as the collector as not used in their small cameos. Michael Rooker as Yondu is a character whose potential use is more in the sequel than in the current movie.



Verdict Stamp

Though we have seen in-numerous space adventures by now, this is one space adventure that can be watched for the goofy humor and the coolness quotient of the superheroes, who certainly are different from their typical prototypes.