Guardians of the Galaxy: Fast, Humorous Actioner–Another Huge Hit from Marvel

guardians_of_the_galaxy_posterMarvel seems to be on a roll, big roll: Their new production, the actionful space adventure, The Guardians of the Galaxy, follows in the footsteps of such global blockbuster franchises as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers.

Like many of the other films, Guardians of the Galaxy is based on team work, both in front of and behind the cameras.  It’s always safer to have a large ensemble of colorful characters because, for one thing, they offer more subplots to be involved in and more figures to root for (or against).

That the ensemble consists of likable performers, such as Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, and Lee Pace makes this movie all the more entertaining.

I have left the name of Chris Pratt for a reason: Guardians of Galaxy is supposed to turn this gifted actor into a major Hollywood player, a bona fide movie star.

Disney and Marvel should score big rewards on August 1, when they release Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that industry execs hope will provide an injection of energy and money into the otherwise less than bonanza summer at the box-office.

The sky is the limit: Director James Gunn is a shrewd craftsman, who know how to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos

The brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.

To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

MPAA: PG

Running time: 121 minutes