"Guardians of the Galaxy"

Visually captivating. Wildly comical. Excellently written. “Guardians of the Galaxy” hit above being a blockbuster along with piecing together a story. The villains were full of evil, notably Nebula played brilliantly with gravitas by Karen Gillan.

Chris Pratt, as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, balanced the cornball humor audiences are used to but emerged as a bona fide leading man with, dare I say, sex appeal. All the guardians provided comical parts of the film but it was Rocket, the raccoon, who stole the show. Bradley Cooper did a solid job as Rocket, making him sound tough. Zoe Saldana was in tip top shape as Gamora. The character was a badass assassin. It was fantastic to watch because she was vulnerable and strong. Dave Bautista was vicious in the most delightful way as Drax the Destroyer. The cast was strong with Vin Diesel, Glenn Close (!!), John C. Reilly, Benicio Del Toro (!!), Josh Brolin, and Michael Rooker. Lee Pace, who played Ronan, could have been recasted.

Tyler Bates created a throwback playlist as the focal point of the score to make the film a lot of fun. Director James Gunn also brought a visionary element that sets the bar for future comic book films.