Film review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Chris Pratt may be alternatively annoying and endearing as Andy in the television series Parks and Recreation, but as a very down-to-earth man in outer space who doesn’t exactly have superpowers but certainly has the chutzpah to take on some of the most evil creatures around, all while listening to his 1980s Walkman, he is insanely likable.

With this role, which required him to bulk up significantly, he has transformed ever so slightly from the doofy and dull-witted character on TV to one that has a devil-may-care attitude but should not be underestimated. His name is Peter Quill, but he refers to himself as Star-Lord. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have quite the same cachet as Superman, and most of the galaxy is wholly indifferent to his moniker.

But all of that is about to change. In a first act that is filled to the brim with names of characters and planets that may send the viewer’s head spinning (luckily, most of the important ones are repeated often enough to keep up), Peter steals a metal orb from an abandoned planet called Morag. The scene immediately reminds us of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and luckily the film doesn’t itself too seriously, as Peter very soon explicitly references what certainly remains one of Spielberg’s greatest adventures.

To read the full review, visit The Prague Post. Guardians of the Galaxy goes on wide release in Bulgaria on August 8.

(Still of Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista in Guardians of the Galaxy. © 2014 – Marvel Studio)