Freshman, zoology major
You’ve heard the hype: Guardians of the Galaxy, one of summer’s biggest blockbusters, stars Chris Pratt as human Peter Quill, the movie’s main protagonist. After the death of his mother, a young Peter is abducted by a spaceship and doomed to live out a new life as a space pirate and self proclaimed Star Lord. After stealing a sought after orb, Peter becomes an unwitting target to Ronan the Accuser, the title’s main villain. As Peter runs from Ronan, he befriends aliens such as Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a talking, gun-toting Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax (Dave Bautista), and the taciturn tree, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). The rag-tag group becomes the movie’s titular heroes, the Guardians of the Galaxy, as they fight to stop Ronan from destroying the universe with the orb.
While it can be acknowledged that yes, the movie does sound a tad childish and bizarre, everyone should see this movie, if only to hear Vin Diesel say “I am Groot,” multiple times. The movie’s tongue-in-cheek, witty dialogue is a welcome reprieve from other gritty, angst-ridden superhero movies (I’m looking at you, Batman). Pratt’s ability to create a charming yet just-morally-ambiguous-enough- to-be-entertaining lead shines in this movie. The action scenes are matched by funny dialogue and character development, and the throwback ‘80s soundtrack creates an upbeat vibe. If you’re looking for something profound, watching this movie would be a poor choice; however, if you’re looking for a movie with soul and a shameless jump-the-shark personality, then Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely for you.