Watch ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Now, Thank Me Later [VIDEO]

Guardians-of-the-GalaxyOver the weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s biggest gamble yet, stormed movieplexes with record-breaking returns. So should you go see it? Yes. Go now. Read my reasoning for why on the way there. Thank me when it’s all over.

If you haven’t heard the premise, Guardians of the Galaxy fashions itself as a new age Star Wars, bringing together the most unlikely team of narcissistic criminals to avert the galaxy’s destruction. Chris Pratt plays “Peter Quill” or “Starlord”, an earth man with a penchant for classic Top 40 and lying. Zoe Saldana plays “Gamora”, one of the galaxy’s top assassins who refuses to dance. Dave Bautista plays “Drax the Destroyer” a lethal fighter that can’t understand that he could lose a fight. Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper provide voice-over work for bounty hunters “Groot” and “Rocket Raccoon” respectively; one, a tender-hearted living tree whose vocabulary is limited to “I am Groot” and the other, a genetically-engineered mammal who is a tech whiz, gun lover, and has serious inadequacy issues. Sounds like a winning team if I’ve ever heard of one.

If you happen to be one of those people on the fence about whether to see the movie or not, read my 4 simple reasons.

1. This is a complete game changer for the comic book movie genre

Guardians of the Galaxy has proven you can have a comic book as source material and not be steeped in melodrama. The characters are each fully developed and multi-dimensional, but the movie is a non-stop ride of laughter and action. The real magic of this movie is that, even though the stakes are astronomical, you never feel the weight. Movies like this aren’t really made much anymore. But this is proof positive that they should be.

2. The movie doesn’t take itself seriously … at all.

Think Tony Stark in the Iron Man movies had snark? Just wait until you see a hot-headed raccoon, a sentient tree with a vocabulary of 3 words, and a revenge-fueled assassin that only understands words literally get into a heated exchange. It’s a comedy of errors like you’ve never seen before. This is gold, ladies and gentlemen. Pure gold.

3. Every actor nails their roles.

Being familiar with the source material, I was worried that the actors wouldn’t be able to accurately portray their characters on-screen. However, each and every person does a phenomenal job, bringing to life every idiosyncrasy that has kept Guardians of the Galaxy as a fan favorite comic book. This is accomplished through the excellent direction and writing of James Gunn, and a clear commitment from the entire cast. Funny as it seems, a movie as light-hearted and raucous as this still needs solid performances in order for it to work.

4. Ties to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

If nothing else, it is clear that Marvel has had a plan in motion since the beginning for something larger. Everything that takes place here folds into a larger story. I won’t go into detail here because … spoilers, but know that just because this is a space odyssey does not mean that it doesn’t have ramifications for the characters we have already grown to love.

I’d like to go through and review this movie plot point by plot point. I’d like to highlight the choice quotes from the movie. And as much as I’d love to discuss the multitude of things that made the viewing experience so great, I won’t because this movie deserves to be seen untarnished. This is no Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There is no overt political messaging. No commentary on society. No moral of the story. Guardians of the Galaxy is all about fun. So, just go see the movie. Now.

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.