I'll be the first to admit that I knew nothing about Guardians going into the theatre. I don't usually read comic books, but all I had to go by was the fact that this was a Marvel movie. And, if Guardians was anything like their Avengers films, I had high expectations.
The movie was somewhat predictable, but I didn't care. In the beginning of the film, young Peter Quill receives a present from his dying mother. Although he doesn't open the gift until the end of the movie, Peter's love for music heavily shown throughout the film told me that the gift would be a mix tape. Go and see the movie to see if I was right or wrong, but I'll leave you with this hint: I'm not usually wrong . . .
Speaking of Peter Quill (a.k.a. Starlord), I was highly impressed by Chris Pratt. As a huge fan of Parks and Recreation, as well as his voiceover work in The Lego Movie, I personally believe Pratt is a new force to reckon with. He had me in stitches throughout Guardians, particularly when he tries to distract our villain, Ronan (played by the beautiful Lee Pace), with the wonder of interpretive dance. Only someone like Chris Pratt could pull that off in a movie. His improv skills are unique and impeccable.
And yes, Guardians of the Galaxy had action. Lots of it. And, it had plot. A good one. But, through the discovery of friendship, it also had heart. Our 5 heroes don't start out their journey as friends. Hell, even Drax (Congrats to wrestler Dave Bautista on a role well played!) jeopardizes their friendship mid-film to seek his own personal revenge on Ronan. But, it's when our Guardians ban together to defeat Ronan, that's when they earned their true titles. Not as Guardians, but as friends.
So, now that you've listen to me go on and on for multiple paragraphs about friendship and heart and soul, get up off your butts and run--don't walk--to go and see this film! I guarantee you won't be disappointed. After all, good friends don't let us down . . .