Marvel took a big risk in departing from its feature film template. Instead of the usual superhero origin thing that has succeed so well they decided to take the Marvel Universe out to space and it not only does it work, it even succeeds in being its own thing!

Guardians-Of-The-Galaxy-review-James-GunnThe story is about Peter Quill, a human abducted by a band of space pirates. While out there, he learns to be a space scavenger and with the help of a green Assassin, a talking Raccoon, a vengeful Barbarian type and a humanoid tree, together they steal a magic orb and fight a menacing villain, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).

Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-Villains Guardians is such a good film as it’s ripe with so much personality and could easily stand apart as its own film and not part of the Marvel universe. It’s loaded with pop culture references, crazy zingers, and lots of space opera action. It doesn’t shy away from its tongue and cheek humor or pull back punches, and that gives that movie such charm.

The film opens up with possibilities of a sequel, which is gladly accepted as there is so much we can do with this universe which we barely scratched the surface. Guardians of the Galaxy has a very clear sense of what it is, and it doesn’t confuse this for the sake of story. It all works and ties in well, making it one of the best films of 2014