Based upon Marvel cartoon characters, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is a rollicking, fast-moving movie. Our unlikely heroes are Groot, the utterly charming tree man (Vin Diesel); Rocket, the snarky Mechano-Raccoon (Bradley Cooper); the human Peter (Chris Pratt); Gamora, the green skinned killing machine (Zoe Saldana); and the muscularly literal Drax (Dave Bautista).
Emotionally scarred Peter, abducted by aliens from his mother's deathbed at 8 years old, is now a galactic scavenger with a nostalgic penchant for '70s tunes. He's searching for a particular orb with a particularly high bounty when he meets Groot and Rocket.
Vin Diesel's Groot, a walking, talking tree with a very limited but versatile vocabulary ("I am Groot"), manages to communicate more with those three words and expressions than most. Groot is the sidekick to a scene-stealing, sarcastic and bitter cybernetic Rocket Raccoon, who is also coveting the orb for monetary gain.
Turns out, others have an eye on that orb as well. "The Collector" (Benicio Del Toro) is one of them; terrifying Ronan is another.
Gamora, sent by Ronan (Lee Pace) to retrieve the orb by any means necessary, changes sides and surprises with her moral compass, convincing our merry band of misfits to save the universe. The plot is less important than the journey, and the casual flip ambience ("I have 12% of a plan," Peter says at one point) leads us on a roller coaster ride throughout. Lines like Gamora's "I am going to die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy" keeps the audience chuckling, and the action is nonstop.
This is a B Cowboy fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of movie set in space. There are many truly funny lines throughout, even a reference to the Maltese Falcon and a cameo by Howard the Duck. Very entertaining. I'll give it 4 miners.