They are the Guardians of the Galaxy, and gosh darn it if they aren't here to stay. I have been waiting to see the movie since the first trailer popped up on the internet. The idea just seemed so crazy/zany that it piqued my interest. With a surprisingly good cast the story begins with a young Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt, older version) running away after his mother succumbs to cancer. With little to no time to grieve he is abducted by a mercenary group called the Ravagers lead by Yondu (Michael Rooker). We fast forward 26 years where the Peter is looking for a mysterious orb, and it doesn't take long for other interested parties to take notice. One of them being Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) a Kree fanatic who wants to wipe out Xandar (an Earth like planet with a different name) who is also our main villain with Thanos taking a nice backseat in this one. In a matter of little time we are introduced to Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel). After a mishap all of our "heroes" are thrown into a prison where Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) rounds out the group. The orb is the key to this whole movie, it is the MacGuffin. But unlike so many other films this is the driving force to get our characters from the Kyln to Knowhere to Xandar. Something about a talking raccoon and a tree that can only say," I am Groot!" should scream box office poison. But somehow the weirdness that is Guardians works in it's favor. Peter Quill is really one of very few humans in this film and you can tell he is a man that isn't driven by honor..at least just yet. Gamora has a seedy background but she is driven by a more noble cause. We are given enough time with these lovable goof-balls that you care about what they do and what happens to them. Very few films each year can get a person to invest in a fictional character(s). The soundtrack is notable due to its' collection of 70's/80's hits like "Hooked on a Feeling," which is Peter's only connection back to the Earth he left behind. I mean c'mon the guy named his ship the Milano. He is a poster child of the 80's. This was a huge gamble for Marvel and it payed off huge. Ranging from the cast to the director (James Gunn) to the music (Tyler Bates) everything worked and played together wonderfully. Is it perfect? Maybe, maybe not I think it's too early to say for certain but this is the most fun I have had at the movies since probably The Dark Knight.