Friday, August 1, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy in 3D + Listen to the movie Soundtrack for FREE on Spotify

Action, Action, Action from beginning to end... plus an awesome throwback soundtrack

On Tuesday, July 22nd, my son and I were invited to a media advance screening of the movie "Guardians of the Galaxy" at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak, MI.

My 14 year old son is a huge comic book fan so he was really looking for to this most anticapated movie from Marvel Comics.  If you are like my son and love a good action movie, this is definitely the one to see.  But I do have to say that the movie's adult themes are heavily geared toward teens and adults and not for the younger set.

The movie begins with a heartbreaking image of a child age Peter Quail (played as an adult by actor Chris Pratt) sitting in a hospital waiting room, listening intently to songs being played on his portable cassette tape player, waiting for an event to happen - one that will shape his life for years to come.

I will not spoil this movie by telling you what happens to this young boy.  But decades later, we see a very grown, very cavalier Peter Quail who is now a space traveler slash fortune hunter on a distant planet, searching for a item that will make him very rich if he can find it before someone else beats him to it. Peter finds the item of his dreams, an orb infinity stone, but has no idea of its power to change the entire universe.

Once he steals this treasure, Quail is now the target for every scum bag in the universe - from fortune hunters to even the most powerful with very evil intentions.  One duo that wants to steal the item from Quail is a talking werid-experiment-gone-wrong raccoon named Rocket (voiced by actor Bradley Cooper) and a talking tree named Groot (voiced by actor Vin Diesel).  Also attempting to steal the orb from Peter is a trained assassin named Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana) who is very beautiful - and very green of skin.  She has to bring back the orb or she will be killed by some pretty nasty folks.

Despite doing their best to keep the orb in their possession, all four end up severly beaten and thrown in jail where they meet an inmate named, Drax the Destroyer (played by professional wrestler Dave Bautista) who wants nothing more than to escape prison to use the orb to avenge the death of his wife and child.

These five very strange misfit characters form an unlikely bond that takes them all on a wild journey away from their checkered and sad past lives toward superhero status and saving the galaxy from evil powers who want to wipe out an entire planet.

My son loved this movie because it contains action scenes from beginning to end. There is also tons of "frat boy" humor, bad behavior, and a few death scenes in this film, which totally appealed to my 14 year old excitement loving kid, but might be considered a little scary or inappropriate for young children.  This movie definitely earned its PG-13 rating.

One of the very unusual things about this superhero movie is that it revolves around retro music.  The music in the cassette player that Peter Quail was given as a child becomes the the soundtrack for the important scenes of the movie.  I loved all the music and I sang all the songs, along with what had to be about half the audience.  And don't be surprised if you are singing through the credits at the end of the movie - no one at the screening moved from their seats until the last credit rolled and the last lyric ended.

Overall, I think Guardians of the Galaxy is a fun, entertaining movie with tons of action and a retro soundtrack that everyone will love. And definitely see the movie in 3D because the special effects are great. The movie is setup for a squeal, so my son and I cannot wait to find out what happens next with these "Guardians of the Galaxy."

FREBBIE ALERT: If you have a free Spotify account and want to hear the soundtrack from Guardians of the Galaxy, click on the Spotify link for each song above and enjoy a total musical blast from the past.

Guardians of the Galaxy is rated PG-13 and opens in movie theaters on today, Friday, August 1, 2014.


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