Guardians of the Galaxy (*****)
Save the galaxy with snark
Ooga Chaka, Oo ...
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. I've been excited about seeing Guardians of the Galaxy since it was announced. I knew very little about the comic the movie is based on—I've learned a bit since then—but I was excited, regardless. (I am becoming more and more a Marvel fangirl.) Plus, any movie in which two of the five main characters are a talking raccoon and his BFF, a tree creature that can only say "I am Groot" in various inflections? SOLD.
Guardians of the Galaxy is about a group of misfits/outlaws/criminals who don't want anything to do with each other at first, but soon find themselves working together out of necessity to save the galaxy (and their own hides) from a crazed villain hell-bent on destruction.
The movie ties into the already filmed Marvel 'verse via the end-credits scene from The Avengers, in which we got a glimpse of Thanos, and the mid-credits scene from Thor: The Dark World, in which we met The Collector (Benecio del Toro). This film has a somewhat different feel than the other Marvel movies we've come to know and love, however, in that it's a little sillier and a little lighter. It fits in with the rest of the movies well, but the main cast—Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax and Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voicing Rocket Raccoon and Groot, respectively—aren't your typical superheroes. They're not superheroes at all; at least, not the Captain America and Thor kind. They're outlaws/criminals who just so happen to also have hearts of gold.
The actors, both the main five and the supporting ones, are all fantastic in this movie. Chris is so great as Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord) with his "big talk and somewhat smaller action" persona. I was really impressed with Dave Bautista, too. The plot isn't exactly Oscar-worthy, but if you're going to a Marvel movie for deep philosophical ideas ... you obviously have someone else's tickets. I was also impressed with the quality of the CGI—both Groot and Rocket actually look like living creatures, rather than cartoons.
But really, Vulture hits the nail on the head with this article: "Is This the Best Part of Guardians of the Galaxy? (Yes)." (Definite spoilers in that one, so do avoid it until you've seen the movie.)
If you're a fan of Marvel's superhero movies, particularly the snarkier/more lighthearted bits, then I'm certain that you'll enjoy this film.