It is 1988 and Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is witnessing his mother’s death. He runs out of the hospital into a field and is abducted by space pirates calling themselves Ravagers led by Yondu Udonta. Fast forward, years later, we find Peter stealing an orb for the “Collector.” Unbeknownst to Peter and others in the film, EVERYONE is looking for this prized orb because it has an infinity stone in it. The one who has all the infinity stones, will have immense power over everything. (There are some BAD players who want this orb!!!)
As Peter is trying to sell the orb, he is approached and later attacked by Gamora (Zoe Saldana) who is wishing to keep the orb out of the hands of her adoptive father, Thanos. While a battle ensues between the Gamora and Peter, a genetically modified racoon named Rocket and his buddy Groot…a tree-like being, capture Peter because there is a bounty out on him. In the process, all four are arrested by Nova Corps officers. While in prison, they meet Drax the Destroyer (David Bautista) who attempts to murder Gamora because Thanos murdered his family and he wishes to hurt Thanos by killing his “favorite daughter”. The five of them escape. Throughout the rest of the movie, the group tries to figure out exactly what this orb contains, as well as to what is the best way to rid themselves of it once they find out the significance of what they have in their possession. They are doing this all the while being chased by good and bad guys alike.
I enjoyed the movie for many different reasons! It was fun to witness the relationships between all the characters. Gamora’s adoptive sister Nebula (Karen Gillan) is also introduced in this film. There is a love-hate-hate relationship between them. A semi-flirtatious relationship develops between Gamora and Peter. There is sort of a team (b)romance that occurs between all of the characters. Yondu, who claims to be his “adoptive” father, and his cohorts chase Peter throughout the film but he isn’t the baddest of the bad. Though, in THIS film, he appears to have abducted Peter for the wrong reasons. Thanos, who killed Gamora’s family and abducted her, is EVIL and is bound and determined to destroy the universe!
What I liked the best throughout the movie though was the soundtrack! (Partial reason I gave this movie 4 stars…) I grew up in 70’s and 80’s and Peter’s mom gave him music tapes as a child to help remember her and to be happy, I think. Anyway, the music in this movie ROCKED!!! Her mixed tapes had a wide variety of hits from the 60’s through the 80’s and to have them entwined with the action and special effects was AWESOME!
Directed by James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, and Karen Gillan
Review by Julie C.