The story begins with Peter Quill/Star Lord (Pratt) carving a life as a smuggler in outer space, having been kidnapped from earth as a youngster. Heâ€™s for hire by anyone for the right price.
However when he gets hold of an orb, thereâ€™s many people after him with a bounty on his head. Rocket (Cooper), a genetically modified racoon, is a bounty hunter and is one of the mob after him. Rocket is aided by Groot (Vin Diesel) a living tree man able to replace his limbs, grow flowers and lights at will! This is very handy. Thereâ€™s also Gamora (Saldana) on his trail. Gamoraâ€™s sister Nebula (Karen Gillian – Doctor Who) and the real baddie Ronan.
Ronan wants the Orb in exchange for Thanos, a real super villain, who will destroy Ronanâ€™s archenemyâ€™s home world Xander. However once Peter finds out what the Orb is capable of, he wants to ensure Ronan canâ€™t get his hands on it and attempts to convince the others after him to help him instead.
The Orb contains the power to destroy a planet itself, should Ronan discover this power, all heâ€™ll have to do is take the Orb and make it touch Xanderâ€™s soil, its destruction will be complete. He wonâ€™t need to deal with Thanos at all and could even go after him!
So will the others step up, be heroes, and give up their lives of crime and not caring about anything other than the next pay cheque? Rocket, Groot and Gamora are arrested when they try to catch Peter. Peter is also arrested due to his record as a smuggler.
Peter finds out Gamora is actually Thanosâ€™ adopted daughter during their prison stay. Thereâ€™s another inmate Drax the destroyer (David Bautista) ready to slay Gamora, as Ronan killed his entire family and he wants revenge. Will Peter stop him? Can he work with outlaws to save the galaxy? Should he – or they – even care?
I simply loved this film. Good humour, great cast and a very impressive voice over by Bradley Cooper as Rocket just blew me away.
Vin Diesel stole the show as Groot, the living tree man. I loved this character, so different with only one sentence with three words spoken! However, it was superb. The facial expressions were wonderful and led to a very powerful performance.
Chris Pratt made a charming leader, like a naughty Captain Kirk. Zoe Saldanaâ€™s Gamora was a soulful creature, you understood why she was bad.
It asks the question, if we were faced with saving the world at our own expense would we? Life can get comfortable. Risking it all is a major step. Money and power are powerful seductions.
Thanos I believe was in the Avengers Assemble movie at the end in a post credit scene, so whether thereâ€™s a tie in at some point remains to be seen.
10/10 in every way.
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Trailer reproduced from Clevver Movies