CLEVELAND HTS., Ohio - Whether you have plans or not this weekend you need to make a pit stop at the closest movie theater. Rush there, do not pass go or collect $200.
Bring enough to get in the movie and maybe get some popcorn. You can be sure you will not enjoy your snack as much as you will enjoy this latest installment from Marvel Studios.
Let me put it as plain as day: “Guardians of the Galaxy” is, by far, the best Marvel movie ever made.
No, I am not going out on a limb. This movie will have you laughing from beginning to end.
The movie is about a bunch of rogue criminals who band together to save the galaxy from an evil tyrant. This movie is not your typical superhero movie, but make no mistake about it, it is a superhero movie.
The picture starts in 1988 as the lead character, Peter Quill, brilliantly played by Chris Pratt, watches his mother die of a terminal disease and is then kidnapped by an alien spaceship. We later learn that the kidnapping involves his father in some way.
Quill, who calls himself Star-Lord, constantly breaks out the old Walkman and cassette tapes listening to the 70’s music his mother loved. The music in this film will bring many back to their youth.
When I left Regal Cinemas Severance Town Center Movie Theater in Cleveland Heights, you heard people saying they were heading to iTunes to see if they could download the soundtrack.
The other star of the film is a person you never see and only hear his voice. This is Bradley Cooper’s best comic performance since the first "Hangover" movie. He plays Rocket Raccoon, a fast-talking, gun-totting, take-no-prisoners, genetically-enhanced raccoon that steals every scene he is in.
Cooper voices him as a money-hungry degenerate that you will, nevertheless, grow to love and root for. His quick wit in the movie will have you laughing out of your seat.
Vin Diesel is also in the movie but, like Cooper, you only hear his voice. And he only says two sentences throughout the entire picture: “I am Groot” and “We are all Groot.” Really, that’s it. I’m not even kidding.
Speaking of which, the comic timing in this movie really puts it up there against any movie intended to be a comedy released over the last 10 years.
Remember this is a superhero movie but you might think it's a comedy. Pick one, “Ride Along,” “Ted," “We are the Millers"--in this reviewer's opinion it was better than all of them put together.
We all have played the six degrees of Kevin Bacon, right? Well, he’s not in this movie physically, but his name pops up and when it does I promise you will get the giggles. You might even get “Footloose.”
Aliens do not understand the metaphors that many of us use and how the characters interact with Quill’s use of them is pure joy.
So... what didn't I like about this picture? Being a Christopher Nolan fan, I prefer science fiction flicks somewhat based in realism. This is not at all--and I love that it’s not. I thought the “Ronan” character was a little over the top, if I had to nitpick.
This is a fun movie that you and your kids will enjoy although they may not understand some of the jokes. It’s a fun, thrill-seeking, out-of-this world adventure that will have you out of your shorts in laughter, smiles and rooting for this lovable band of thugs.