The Big Screen

The Big Screen: Guardians of the Galaxy

kvz.vaughn@gmail.comAugust 15, 2014 

Never heard about “Guardians of the Galaxy”? Me neither.

The kind of weird, embarrassingly goofy and ultimately cool uncle of the Marvel comic family, these wannabe superheroes have fallen under the shadows of the likes of Spiderman and the X-Men.

And I don’t completely understand why the studios have kept them under wraps for so long. Where Spider-man played around with comic book humor, Guardians takes all that folly and laughs in its face.

After his role as the chubby and loveable Andy Dwyer on “Parks and Recreation” and the voice of the dumb and loveable Emmet in “The Lego Movie” (in addition to a serious turn in “Zero Dark Thirty”), I am a convert to the church of Chris Pratt.

But would you like to witness the moment that Pratt moves from loveable actor to full-fledged movie star? Hint: this is it. He hits all the right notes — comedy, action, drama and, after shedding some weight, he’s primed to be Hollywood’s newest leading man.

He plays Peter Quill, an earth boy abducted and launched into space that grows up to be a hired criminal hand that goes by the name Star-Lord. Kind of– no one else calls him that.

When he mistakenly comes into contact with a mysterious orb that attracts the attention of some outer space trouble makers, Quill is forced to put together his best team of underdogs to fight them off. They include the green-skinned princess Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a raccoon named Rocket (the voice of Bradley Cooper), an actual tree named Groot (Vin Diesel) and the Hulk-like giant of a man Drax (MMA fighter Dave Bautista).

As to be expected, there is a fight between good and evil. I often felt lost by the mechanics of the plot, but all in-jokes aside, “Guardians” is a movie that easily sweeps you up in a solid rhythm of action and farce.

It’s so good that the idea of a sequel — it’s inevitable — doesn’t sound half bad.

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