Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, John C Reilly
Director: James Gunn
The skinny: Peter Quill (Pratt) stumbles across an all-powerful orb coveted by the power-crazy villain Ronan (Pace). Now responsible for saving the galaxy, Quill - aka Star-Lord - teams up with a beautiful assassin (Saldana), a revenge-crazed brute (Bautista), a talking raccoon (Cooper) and a walking tree (Diesel). The gang of misfits must learn to play nice with each other before taking on the villains.
"A Mars look"
Jason Johnson: Outer space is such a wonderful playground, and it's nice to see a movie that really knows how to have fun there.
I don't think I've seen such a gleeful space adventure since the original Star Wars.
Some are thinking of Guardians Of The Galaxy as a superhero movie, but it's not that at all.
It's in the tradition of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, rather than Iron Man and Captain America.
It's a Marvel flick, but it's very much its own thing.
The way the movie starts, with a young Quill being taken away by a spaceship after his mother dies, reminds me of 80s flicks such as Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, E.T., The Last Starfighter and Starman.
Films of that era were filled with wonder over the idea of alien contact, not fear.
When we meet the grown-up Quill, he's still that same young boy on the inside.
His sense of humour and optimism are infectious.
I don't think I've ever seen a character quite like him in a sci-fi flick before, or at least not a type like this that has been so beautifully executed.
The thing I love best about him is his love of music, specifically the music of his youth, songs like I Want You Back by the Jackson 5.
What a lovely way to make a character relatable, and human.
This movie is beautiful to look at, funny, thrilling and charming as hell.
Why don't they make more movies like this? This is what we want to see.