Guardians of the Galaxy” is “Star Wars” meets “Farscape” — a fun ride driven by top-notch performances, a galaxy of funny moments and a wicked soundtrack.
It’s the latest film based on a Marvel Comics series. But even if you don’t know the difference between “Iron Man” and “Iron Fist,” the blend of action and humor provides plenty of entertainment.
The “Guardians” are a ragtag team of thieves who get tossed together to battle a threat to the planet Xander and the galactic defense group, Nova Corps, that’s based there. The threat comes in the form of Ronan (Lee Pace) — a minion of super-villain Thanos — who is looking for an ancient artifact that would become one of the biggest threats to the universe.
After being imprisoned for a variety of crimes, the five reluctant heroes launch a plan to stop Ronan.
The leader, Peter Quill (who also goes by the name Star Lord), is played pitch perfect by Chris Pratt. With a mix of the dry wit of Hans Solo and the smugness of Tony Stark, Pratt gives the movie the kind of flawed hero on which many a film franchise has been built.
The supporting cast is the best since “The Avengers.” Zoe Saldana is alluring and scary as super-assassin Gamora and Dave Bautista shows a heavy punch in fights and a light touch with the dry humor. It seems strange that well-known actors were hired to handle the CGI characters of Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel).
As far as flaws, the first 15 minutes are a little confusing, but if you stick with it, all of the muddled pieces come together.
Despite those minor nitpicks. “Guardians of the Galaxy” has kicked the summer movie season into high gear. It took a while, but it was worth the wait.