Guardians of the Galaxy

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.

Funny Stuff

Found this very entertaining. Has a lot of humour but action packed. Love it.


Not my kind of film..

Not my sort of film however I can appreciate if you like sci-fi fantasy then you will enjoy this. Probably a good film to take younger boys who are super-hero fans.


Chris Pratt is King

This movie was awesome. I saw it two weeks in a row and enjoyed it both times.

The soundtrack was amazing, making the movie really pop off the screen and hit a chord with the audience. The characters are well developed and well played and the story line was well thought out. I was incredibly impressed with the physical transformations a lot of the actors/actresses went through to create their characters and I don't feel there was a single character that let the film down.

Of course, Chris Pratt is king in this movie and has really found his stride in Hollywood at the moment. I would recommend this movie to anyone.


Guardians of the Galaxy

I have now seen Guardians of the Galaxy twice. And after watching it again, I've realized Guardians is more than spectacular action-packed Sci-Fi fun. It's a masterpiece and Marvel's most entertaining film since The Avengers. Chris Pratt is Peter Quill, a pilot from Earth who calls himself Star Lord. Peter steals a precious orb that belongs to the evil Ronan while dancing to his Awesome Mix Tape. Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voice wanted criminals Rocket Raccoon & Groot, the Han Solo and Chewbacca of the movie. Wrestler Dave Bautista is Drax the Destroyer, seeking vengeance after Ronan kills his wife and daughter. And Zoe Saldana is Gamora, a green alien assassin. Together, they're the frickin' Guardians of the Galaxy. The first big blockbuster movie by James Gunn, the director of underrated gems Slither and Super. Guardians of the Galaxy is like a hilarious blend of Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Cowboy Bebop. This gang of misfits knock it out of the park, especially Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper. Guardians of the Galaxy also has one of the most amazing soundtracks ever. If there's one bad thing I can say about this awesome movie, Ronan isn't a very good villain. Despite that, Guardians of the Galaxy is damn near perfect.


Fun filled space smashing adventure

With big blockbusters going all serious on us since Nolan's Dark Night trilogy, the summer epic has lost its fun side. Guardians brings back the fun and more, making this a rip roaring, space adventure and the best yet (on par with Captain America: First Avenger) as Marvel's best film. Chris Pratt, your star has arrived.


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I felt that a lot of the music were out of place in the scenes. The one that I did enjoy was "Come and get your love" by Redbone released, I think, back in the seventies what a great song. I thought the opening scene was original. Boy loses his mother to a disease, runs out of the hospital and disappears and in all that time he never once opened the present from his mother until an event jolts his memory then he recalls his mother dying words to him which gets him out of a tricky situation.

Other occurences in the movie were a bit slow and should have been given the X factor, Nonetheless they covered it up well with humourous dialog and wit. There were lots of laughs that's for sure and the chemistry between all the cast made this movie.

I have to make mention of Lee Pace, oh my, the second I heard his voice I knew that was Thranduil and Groot reminded me of Treebeard. Imagine being safely cocooned in a twine of twigs with stars floating for light while the war rages outside. My heart broke for Groot.


You couldn't have more fun at the Movies

Awesome popcorn flick. Story was pretty generic but the characters more than made up for it. Lots of laughs, AWESOME soundtrack, amazing CGI. Honestly, go see this in 3D, it is stunning. Just a good, fun night out at the movies. Go see it.


Loads of fun

Lots of chuckles, great action and just the right amount of angst. More please.


By No Means a "Turd Blossom"

This movie makes me sad.

It makes me sad because I will never go on space adventures as awesome as this one with unique and lovable characters as awesome as those.

The characters are, by far, the best part of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper and a whole host of other celebrities. The story is weak at best, and would be hopelessly generic in any other setting, but the wonderful, colourful, and diverse range of characters breathed the most magical life into this epic space adventure.

And you know what? You don’t need much more for this film to work. Everyone who watches Guardians will walk out of the theatre with a different favourite character, for a whole set of unique and interesting reasons. You know they are going to save the day before you even watch the movie, but it really doesn’t matter. The dialogue between the protagonists and then their interactions with the antagonists are glorious to watch – intelligently witty, with a dash of wholesome - and hilarious - squabbling that will make you feel like you are really watching a dysfunctional, but yet strangely functional, family.

There is a scene with a particular character floating in space for a rather lengthy period of time (wearing only his regular clothes and a breather) which bothered me a lot, but you know what? Screw it. I had fun.

Go see Guardians of the Galaxy. You will rarely get the chance to see a mainstream movie as good as this, and it’s definitely one to watch in a theatre.

Oh, and for the record, my favourite character was Groot.


"Star-lord".... Who???

Entertaining and fun movie to watch with heaps of laughter, a great great sound track that take me back to the days of my pass time. Incredible cast especially with Chris Pratt that play the role of Peter Quill very well. Fantastic CGI with great special effect, a must watch movie for this winter. Marvel have done it again.....