Guardians of the Galaxy 3D

Out Now On-Demand

Go down swinging.

Marvel's deep space superhero team get a film adaptation. Space adventurer, and self-proclaimed "legendary outlaw", Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain. Pursued not only by bounty hunters but a green-skinned assassin as well as the space pirates he double-crossed to pull off the heist, Quill has to assemble a diverse alien team from among his pursuers in order to first survive, and then to prevent destruction on a planetary scale.

The resulting team of misfits is made up of Gamora (Zoe Saldana, Avatar), the powerful Drax (wrestler Dave Bautista); Rocket - a talking raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper); and Groot - a tree-creature (voiced by Vin Diesel) who also talks, but with a much more limited vocabulary. From the director of Slither and Super. Also features Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, and Djimon Hounson.

Marvel’s latest gamble shows the studio is riding a wave of self-confidence across mountains of cash in the wake of successfully defying Hollywood common sense by hiring directors like cult favourite Shane Black (Iron Man 3) and a couple of guys best known for TV's Arrested Development and Community (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) to look after some of their most lucrative properties. They’ve upped the stakes here by pairing James Gunn, director of Slither and Super – neither of which troubled box office bean counters – with some of Marvel’s craziest characters in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy, and the result is an exciting thrill-ride that strikes a brilliant balance between jaw-dropping space scenes, anarchic wit and bountiful belly laughs.

Coming across as perhaps the least shackled by the requirements of a typical origin story of any Marvel film to date, Guardians of the Galaxy quickly dispenses with its dramatic back story right up front, before picking up years later with Peter Quill (the wisecracking Chris Pratt) embarking on a futuristic Indiana Jones-like heist prologue that sets the visually spectacular, quip-heavy tone.

From here, Gunn’s universe-building proves assured, quickly rolling out all manner of crazy-coloured, CGI and prosthetic-wearing aliens free of any need to keep things grounded for simple Earthlings. By the time a raccoon and a walking tree turn up and talk to each other it’s just the latest oddity to behold, and the pair become crucial elements of the film’s quintet of heroes (alongside Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista), all of whom boast scene-stealing moments and the charisma to balance Pratt’s star turn.

While it may lack a great villain, there’s so much awesomeness going on with Guardians that there’s almost no room for one. I’m gunning for part two.

Empire (UK)

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Colourful, tongue-in-cheek fun, purpose-built for grown-up lovers of kitsch ’80s science-fiction. But the Marvel formula is starting to feel, well, a little too formulaic.

Total Film (UK)

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Mad, marvellous and all kinds of sci-fi magical... Marvel’s riskiest but most surprising success yet.

Time Out London

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Like a vast, family-sized festive crate of chocolates, all wrapped in the shiniest packaging, all exploding with sweetness and surprises.

Variety (USA)

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The cheeky comic tone keeps things buoyant - as does Chris Pratt's winning performance as the most blissfully spaced-out space crusader this side of Buckaroo Banzai.

Guardian (UK)

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Whip-smart, pop-literate, self-aware humour saves the day (and the universe, come to think of it).

Hollywood Reporter

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Despite occasional disregard for the laws of physics, much of the imagery displayed onscreen is so realistic and thrill-inducing that sometimes even the plot becomes almost secondary.

Dissolve (USA)

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It’s set far, far away, but Gunn keeps finding ways to keep it grounded in the known universe.

At The Movies (Australia)

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The quintessential popcorn movie, a cheerfully mindless affair aimed squarely at fans of the comics and the young at heart in general.

typical popcorn

I'm a little disappointed by the storyline. Although the 80s old songs are outstandingly good.


WOW!

What a flick!

Had relatively high expectations, despite all the hype, and it still blew me away!

There are few movies I'd pay cinema-prices to go watch more than once & this certainly takes the cake :)


I am Groooooot or is that Good!

This has to be one of the better sci-fi comic book remakes this year. Now I've read a lot of comics when I was younger but never read Galaxy Guardians. So in saying that my expectation wasn't very high to start of with!

I was however pleasantly surprised at how good it was! There was good humor, lots of action, lots of angry baddies, hot looking but weird alien babes... lots of drama and not the Shortland St kind. Well, pretty much what I'm saying is that it was worth the moola to go and see it. Yep, even on a date night.

One down side, I don't know if I'd pay for a to see it in 3D again.


Loved it!

Brilliant and funny!


A better Galaxy for this movie!

Really enjoyed this film today, it was well worth seeing in 3D a few stray bullets and knives that actually make you blink for once!! The scenes were well shot, great characters that work in well together, action scenes that are worthy of a Marvel film that we have come to expect, The best thing about this movie is that it combines a bit of comedy, sci-fi and action all in a way that works and easily appeals to fans of all genres and as already mentioned any fans of star wars, star trek and meet the feebles will be kept happy, just submerge yourself in this marvel created world and enjoy!!


Legends of the Awesome

Guardians of the Galaxy

Great Marvel movie, I completely got lost in it and enjoyed the crap out of it. Of cos I normally enjoy these comic/big screen adventures, but this was totally something special. Funny all the way through, like pieces of ‘Meet the Feebles’ with ‘Star Wars’, ‘Star Trek’ , ‘The Last Starfighter’ , ‘8mm’ and ‘Explorers’ with what looked like a ship from 'Riddick'. Of cos it’s kinda fake, but through yourself into it head first (leaving your brain in your seat) and you will really enjoy this galaxy feast. You’ll enjoy it for the story line, you’ll like it for the characters, but you’ll love it for the music.

Genre : Comedy, sci-fi, adventure, Marvel

5/5 : It ties in well with the other Marvel universe films and great even as a stand alone feature. (ps-wait till the end of the credits)