Every troper is familiar with the Bizarro Episode, where it's not about following the show's Story Arc or amassing Character Development. It's about - rather than Jumping the Shark - punching it in its goddamn face. In Fringe it was "Brown Betty". In The X-Files it was "Jose Chung's From Outer Space". For the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's Guardians of the Galaxy. And if you'll excuse my Precision F-Strike, it is fucking amazing for being it. In Guardians, Peter Quill (AKA "Star Lord") is sent to retrieve an orb that contains an immense power (which I won't spoil here). However, he's not the only one who wants it. Ronan, a Kree warlord who seeks revenge for the Xandarian war against his people, wants the orb to destroy their planet. Also, The Collector (played by Benicio del Toro} wants it. And so does Yandu. Sound like a MacGuffin to get the plot rolling? It is, and Quill delivers a truly great Lampshade about this. The real story of Guardians is its characters. In order to stop Ronan and retrieve the orb, Peter joins up with a motley crew of misfits. I only have 300 words left in this review so I can't oogle about each character too much (as much as I want to). All you need to know is the chemistry between these characters is up there with Firefly in terms of perfect-ness. Combine this great team with some truly thrilling action and visual splendor and you have a truly awesome adventure movie. Oh yeah, you bet your ass the visuals in this movie are great. This is the best big budget Space Opera since The Empire Strikes Back and twice as deliciously pulpy. You know those cheap Space Opera books you see across from Philip K. Dick and Robert Heinlein in the sci-fi section of Barnes and Noble? This movie is the adaptation of the covers of those books, and retains the genre's wondrous disregard for hard sci-fi. This movie is also unapologetically hilarious. As I said, this is the Bizarro Episode of the MCU. This movie is as much a comedy as a Space Opera (making it true to the comics) but it works. Like, "Bad-Blood-from-The-X-Files" level of works. My final word: see this movie. You will love it, and you'll probably spend five long hours editing the page for it just because it deserves it.
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