Marvel has hit a stride, not that anyone was doubting that and this year has been proof of that. After Winter Soilder earlier this year, Guardians of the Galaxy had a lot to live up to. But thankfully it did, and in my opinion, surpassed all expectations.
The movie itself was a risk for Marvel, unknown characters, forming an unknown team. It could have ended in a disaster for Marvel and Disney, however, the movie opened #1 in the Box Office with $94 million, and for good reason.
James Gunn cowrote and directs this movie, perfectly balancing humor and action.
The film starts by introducing Peter Quill, AKA Starlord, (Chris Pratt) and his attempt to steal an orb. As the movie moves on we are introduced to Rocket the Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, and Gamora, Zoe Saldana, either wanting Peter or the Orb. All ending up in prison we are finally introduced to Drax the Destroyer, Dave Bustista. The team isn't on the same page until after the prison, but they still have a rocky relationship til late in the movie.
I won't go any further in the story, because I wouldn't want to spoil anything. While Chris Pratt is the lead, I do believe that Dave Bustista steals the show.
The CGI for Rocket and Groot are great, and doesn't take away from the movie. While Groot only says "I am Groot", the actions given to him are amazing and tell his own story.
The story is solid. While there are a few slow points, they are far to come buy and are easily forgotten about once broken by the humor or action.
Songs from the 70s and 80s are sprinkled through out the movie and are an accent to the scene they are in. Tyler Bate's score is also a perfect fit to convey the emotions in each scene and help move the film along.
When you see the movie, as I do recommend it, go see it in 3D, while it's not on the avatar level, it does add a lot to the movie.
Over all I would give the movie a 9/10!