Marvel may have taken a gamble with Guardians of the Galaxy, specially after having the first phases of their movies Earth based, then going with a stand alone movie out in the far teachers of the galaxy, but it has paid off.

Saying that Guardians is a stand alone movie may be a little unfair, the film does feature “The Collector” (played by Benicio Del Toro who we did see in the extra scene in Thor: The Dark World as well as “Thanos” (played by James Brolin), so we have the movie linked to the Marvel Universe.

Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) is abducted by aliens in the 80s and becomes part of a team stealing items for the highest paid bidder. After stealing a mysterious orb, Quill aka Star Lord is hunted down and thrown into an inter-galactic prison. In his only bid to break free, Quill reluctantly joins forces with alien bandits Drax(Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) to form an alliance of misfits known as the Guardians of the Galaxy, and with the all-powerful villain Ronan (Lee Pace) hunting the orb, the fate of the universe is in their hands.

Guardians of the Galaxy Peter Quill

Guardians of the Galaxy is an amazing looking movie, the screen is bathed in amazing CGI, landscapes and action sequences that keep the film running through its 122 minutes and besides its slow start, once we move to present day in a far off galaxy the film takes hold and doesn’t let go, as I mentioned earlier, Guardians may have been a gamble for Marvel to release special after we’ve all got so used to Iron Man, Thor and Avengers, but in all honesty, I think they have pulled it off.

Some say that the movie is for the kids, I beg to differ, I can imagine small kids getting a little bored with the non-stop action, but I suppose Rocket and Groot, bring in the comedic side of things for them, as I did see a late showing, a great idea by Vue Cinemas to only allow over 18s in after 10:30, I really couldn’t say how kids were taking to the movie.

Rocket Raccoon and Groot Guardians of the Galaxy

It seems that Marvel have certainly found the key to making their movies fun and successful and so far with phase 1 which started with Iron Man (2008) and ended with Avengers Assemble (2012), phase 2 will end with Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and phase 3 of the Marvel movies which starts with Ant-Man(2015), we are surely in for some amazing movies from the studios.

I do have to say that Guardians of the Galaxy is an extremely fun movie, the action is brilliant the characters are out of this world (no pun intended), yes there is a bit of adult humour during the movie, but a lot of it will go straight over the heads of the kids, so be warned this movie is a 12A, be cautious taking very young children.

Guardians is just another Marvel movie that is a one that you could watch several times and in some cases you have to, specially with around 50 Easter eggs that have been put in place during the movie, not going to mention them here except for one, Howard the Duck!

Yes folks, Howard the Duck, for those that have walked out during the movies credits, shame on you after all these years you should know now that is something you just don’t do when seeing a Marvel movie!

It has been all over the internet about Howard and yes the “end tag” does indeed feature the Howard (voiced by Seth Green), talking to The Collector.

howard the duck guardians of the galaxy


But for those of you thinking that Howard the Duck is going to make a return to the big screen after an absence of 28 years, think again as director James Gunn himself has tweeted out that it was just him having a bit of fun at the end of the movie.

So what now for Guardians of the Galaxy, well, it was mentioned that the movie would be a one-off, but that may not be true as the end credits do mention that the Guardians will return, may be questions will be answered that were left open towards the end of the movie, who knows? Well Marvel knows, but they are keeping it all hush-hush at the moment.

Another brilliant movie to add to the Marvel collection, Guardians of the Galaxy is funny, action packed and is certainly going to have you laughing in your seat, the 3D has some great depth to it and it’s a movie that I do recommend. So go see it. Guardians of the Galaxy [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray] is due for release on the 24th November.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and photographer. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham