Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

*Disclosure: I attended a free screening of this movie; no compensation was received. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was the most fun I’ve had in a movie theater in a long time. It’s full of jack-in-the-box comedy that comes at you when you least expect it, and leaves you laughing so loud you miss the next three lines of dialogue. It’s also packed with action, a tight story line, an awesome soundtrack, endearing characters and spot on casting.

Movie Review Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy

About Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe.

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What Makes Guardians of the Galaxy So Great?

There is something so light and fun about this film, a vibe that carries you from curtain up to credits. The pace is quick, the storytelling succinct, and amid the action and humor are moments of true heart. And the acting was so great! I was reluctant to attend this screening because, frankly, I wasn’t too excited about the commercials or press I had seen for this movie. But maybe it was because Guardians inhabits a generally lesser-known corner of the Marvel Universe that everything in this film felt like a fun, fresh surprise. I loved it!

Should You See It in 3D?

I rarely think anything “must” be seen in 3D, and the same is true for Guardians. I don’t think it’s essential to the story, and I don’t think you’ll have any less fun while saving $5 on your movie ticket. BUT, having seen it in 3D, I will say that it was done beautifully. The 3D was not used in an obvious, gimmicky way, but instead added an immersive depth to the movie experience.

What Ages Are Appropriate?

You know your kids best, and by now you probably have a strategy down for when/how you’ll let them see new movies. But honestly, this is one Marvel movie where I think you can go a little younger than usual. Maybe 8-10 (and I mean a fairly mature 8 year old). There is a high body count in terms of things exploding, buildings being destroyed, etc, but very little of the violence is overtly in-your-face. There is some sexual innuendo, but it is brief and mild and they leave it at that. There are a couple of upsetting scenes (especially in the very beginning), but those are done with some reserve as well. And there is language, but I didn’t find it too distracting and felt even in that regard they held back (Peter sounds out an “ffffff,” but stops himself).  Have your kids seen the Star Wars movies? If so, then they’re probably set for Guardians of the Galaxy. *update: my friend Jennifer at 5 Minutes for Mom actually took a tally of the language used in the movie. If this is a concern for you, check out her review.

And not to get mushy, but…

I’m not sure I can emphasize how much I enjoyed this movie. It has a huge heart, characters who surprise you, a kinetic energy, and after all is said and done, a solid message about going all-in. Good thing there weren’t too many other big summer hits this year, because now I have more money to see Guardians of the Galaxy again!