With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 set to release in theaters on May 5th, it’s been three years since the first movie and I decided to rewatch it so I can give the second movie an honest comparison when it releases. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 (2014) is just as fun several years later and the second movie has a lot to live up to if it wants to reach the same level or exceed it.

Do you remember the first movie? My mind is a little hazy when it comes to recalling a lot of the plot but the characters and the funny banter stayed with me. I’m glad to have gone back to refresh my memory on the Guardians of the Galaxy story. We’ll have to wait and see if the second movie can continue to live up to the first movie. After another watch, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 remains entertaining and there is enough action in the story to keep movie watchers on their toes. It’s definitely worth a rewatch.

Quick points of review:

  • Characters are fun with humorous banter and entertaining interactions.
  • The actions scenes are exciting.
  • The world seems familiar at times but still remains interesting.
  • The movie avoids taking itself too seriously and remains a lighthearted watch.
  • Good watch for Marvel movie fans and the family.

*Spoiler Alert! If you are avoiding spoilers, do not read further. Turn back now. You’ve been warned.*

Plot Synopsis

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Quill and the orb with the Infinity Stone.

Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) mother dies in 1988 and some time afterward he is taken from his family by a group of space pirates led by Yondu (Michael Rooker). Twenty-six years later while on the planet, Morag, Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord) steals an orb that contains something he knows nothing about before Ronan (Lee Pace) can get to it. After Quill escapes, Yondu finds out about Quill stealing the orb and puts a bounty out on him. Ronan wants the orb because it contains an Infinity Stone which the god named Thanos (Josh Brolin) wants. Ronan sends Gamora (Zoe Saldana) to obtain the orb for Thanos.

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Ronan the Accuser

When Quill attempts to sell the orb to a buyer on Xandar, the buyer backs out after hearing Ronan is involved because he wants to kill all Xandarians. Afterward, Quill runs into Gamora who ambushes him and tries to take off with the orb. Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a genetically modified raccoon, and Groot (Vin Diesel), a walking tree then find out about the bounty on Quill and go after him to earn some money. Unfortunately, the four are taken in by the Nova Corps during their fight and put into the Kyln, a space prison.

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Inside the Kyln.

While in prison, Quill learns about Gamora’s past when all the prisoners want to kill her because she worked with Ronan. They meet an inmate named Drax (Dave Bautista) after he tries to kill Gamora due to her involvement with Ronan. Ronan killed Drax’s wife and daughter and he wants revenge. Quill convinces Drax to spare Gamora’s life when he tells them he has the orb and Ronan will come after him, giving Drax a chance to kill Ronan. Gamora admits she betrayed Ronan and has a buyer for the orb.

After learning Gamora has a buyer for the orb, the group decides to come up with a plan to escape the Kyln. After Groot jumps the gun while Rocket is trying to explain a plan of escape, the group successfully makes it out of the Kyln with Quill’s ship. They escape to a mining colony on a giant celestial’s head called Knowhere.

After Drax becomes angry and gets into a fight with Rocket, he threatens someone to call Ronan to the location. The rest of the group meets Gamora’s buyer. The buyer opens the orb to reveal the Infinity Stone, but the buyer’s assistant grabs a hold of the stone in an attempt to free herself. It destroys the assistant and everything in the vicinity. The buyer’s collection is demolished.

Ronan arrives, swiftly defeats Drax and throws him into a vat of yellow glowing liquid. Groot saves Drax from drowning and Drax realizes his mistake. Ronan’s followers and Nebula pursue the others by ship. Nebula (Karen Killan) destroys Gamora’s small ship and leaves her to die in space. Quill puts his mask on, leaves his small ship in an attempt to save Gamora. The two are saved when Yondu pulls them both onto his ship.

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Yondu works out a deal with Quill.

Quill works out a deal with Yondu so the pirate will not kill him and convinces Yondu to help in exchange for the orb. Rocket, Groot, and Drax threaten to attack Yondu’s ship until Quill informs them a deal has been made. The friends decide they have to work together to defeat Ronan and stop him from using the Infinity Stone even if it means they will die. Quill also sends a message to Xandar asking for Nova Corps help to stop Ronan from attacking Xandar.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy

Ronan messages Thanos from his ship, Dark Aster, and takes on the power of the Infinity Stone. Ronan threatens to kill Thanos after he destroys Xandar. Joined by Yondu’s space pirates and the Nova Crops, Quill’s group is landed into the Dark Aster by Rocket. The Dark Aster begins to fall from the sky and Groot sacrifices himself to save the group.

After the group is saved by Groot and emerges, Ronan also emerges from the wreckage. Quill distracts Ronan while Rocket blasts him. Quill grabs the Infinity Stone and the others realize the only way he can take the power from it is if the others link together and take the power from the Infinity Stone together as a group.

Quill gives Yondu an orb but it doesn’t contain the Infinity Stone. The Infinity Stone is locked away safe on Xandar. Quill’s group becomes known as the Guardians of the Galaxy and their criminal records are wiped clean on Xandar. The Guardians leave together on Quill’s rebuilt ship and with a sapling Groot in a pot.

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Rocket holds Baby Groot.

Geeky Talk’s Reaction to the Movie

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 is a fun and exciting movie. It helps that the characters are so darn memorable, each with their own quirks and personalities to make up the team. The actors did a wonderful job with their banter back and forth and it helps keep the movie moving right along. Despite the group in the story facing certain death together, the banter and friendship built between each leave the audience cheering for the odd team. You want these characters to succeed, but even if they didn’t at least, in the end, the friends still have each other.

The action scenes are fun and entertaining to see like when Quill is ambushed by Gamora for the first time on Xandar. The action in the Kyln and the group’s escape is fun and had me laughing out loud as Groot basically forces the plan and they have to improvise to escape. Although there are not many action scenes with Ronan, he’s pretty much impossible to defeat unless you have the power of the Infinity Stone. Besides, it seems Nebula has to do most of his dirty work for him when she is commanded to kill her sister, Gamora. The action is pretty much non-stop and at times it feels wearing, but the humor helps keep it from feeling too heavy.

There is a lot going on in the movie and it can be difficult to take everything in. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 is able to counter it by making the characters and their interactions unique and interesting. The locations and surroundings are interesting but feel familiar. My one complaint is Xandar is much like a world you might see in other sci-fi universes like Star Trek or Star Wars, but fictional locations like Knowhere, a mining colony inside a giant severed head, is unforgettable. I think the look and feel of the movie itself are colorful and avoids taking itself too seriously. Perhaps that’s why it still comes off as different and interesting. Besides, much of the inspiration is from the comic books.

Seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 for the first time in theaters, I wasn’t sure how good it would be because the group was so quirky looking. A raccoon is going to help save the galaxy? Thankfully, the humor helps to digest the doubt. As you watch the movie, you begin to really enjoy each one of these characters and you learn quickly a raccoon named Rocket can definitely be a guardian to protect the galaxy. And so can a tree, a simple vengeful warrior, a green daughter of Thanos, and just some goofy guy. As long as these guardians can continue to mesh well together, the second movie will hopefully live up to the impressive first volume.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 holds up years later and continues to be a fun lighthearted watch for Marvel movie watchers and the family. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in the second movie.

What do you think of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1? Are you hyped for the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? What do you want to see? Do you think it can live up to the first movie? Put your Geeky Talk in the comments below about Guardians of the Galaxy and let us read your geeky thoughts about it.

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