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So I just got back from Guardians of the Galaxy...

And what did I think?


Let's break it down!

James Gunn does an astonishingly exceptional job at directing the film, and co-writing the screenplay. The direction is tight and unique, with excellently choreographed fight sequences and battles, and an excellent handle on mixing the 'out-there' comedy with the 'down-here' drama. He also is able to extract great, enjoyable and memorable performances out of all his actors, and ties it all together with some of the best use of songs I've ever seen in a movie ever.

Chris Pratt IS Peter Quill. End of story, no debate. He embodies the same adorability that he brought to Emmet in The LEGO Movie, now mixed in with enough badassry to blow up a small moon. Add to that tons of heart, and excellent comedic timing, and you have the next great Marvel hero right here. Well done Pratt!

Now, I'll be the first to admit that, when I heard they got Zoe Saldana to play Gamora, I just felt they were going to turn her into a generic, blad 'I Am A Bad Bitch Who Kicks Ass And Don't Need No Man' stereotype with minimal likeablity. Well...I was wrong. Stand asides Natasha Romanov, make way for the world conquering GAMORA!!!! But in all seriousness, Saldana proved my fears were unfounded. She plays Gamora with irresistible swagger and confidence, while still being definitively feminine and kind hearted. She never feels like an empty stereotype, but instead a fully fleshed out character. Her chemistry with Pratt is sharp and, most importantly, sincere, and you can understand why the initially unalike duo fall for each other.

Dave Bautista was another pleasant surprise, playing Drax, a character that could have easily become a one dimensional Axe Crazy Revenge Seaker into a fully realized character who develops and grows from a revenge driven rampager to a sincere, if somewhat rough around the edges, nice guy, all without loosing a drip of badassry. He gives Drax an incredible burning anger and rage, that never feels forced or somehow false. Also, his comedic timing is stellar, delivering absolutely wonderfully absurd lines with such wonderful conviction that you can't help but laugh.

Bradley Cooper IS Rocket Raccoon, in the same way that Bautista, Pratt and Saldana perfectly embody their characters. His voice work is some of the best I've heard for a CGI character like Rocket, not only getting some of the funniest lines, but also some of the best drama surprisingly. He embodies both Rocket's snark, anger and fragility perfectly.

Vin Diesel's part is, of course, very small, but the very few lines he gets as Groot are delivered in the same way as his work on The Iron Giant, and really, that's all I can say.

As for everyone else, the cast is a gem, with such memorable character actors as Glenn Close(!), John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker and Dijmon Housou turning in great performances, regardless of how short their screen time might be.

Special shout-outs go to our Big Bad Lee Pace as Ronan, and Karen Gillan as Nebula, both turning in deliciously hammy and fittingly over-the-top performances. Pace's voice is deep and resonant, sounding like the absolutely only voice for the imposing and fanatical Ronan. Gillan, on the other hand, plays Nebula like some sort of cybernetic, murder loving chihuahua, and it is glorious.

Benicio del Toro's part as The Collector is also wonderfully over-the-top, and fits the tone of the film far, far better then it did in Thor: The Dark World. He's just so flamboyant and eccentric that he feels like some sort of sci-fi combination of Liberace and David Bowie.

Overall, the film is a rip-roaring joyride of insanity, with a nice good helping heart and epic explosions and battles. Shockingly, I'd even venture to say its the best Marvel film so far, surpassing even The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier in my eyes. It has a better, more even handed grasp of its characters then the. Stark-centric Avengersand a bucket load of character development that Winter Soldier lacked at key moments.

I give it an explosive 5 out of 5 stars.

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