Guardians of the Galaxy follows Peter Jason Quill, a human kidnapped from Earth at a young age, as he tries to collect the reward for a strange orb worth a lot of money. But when he and the other aliens seeking the orb realize its full destructive potential, they must team up to save the galaxy from those who would wield the orb for evil.
Guardians is the perfect film. The cast is incredible. Chris Pratt is hilariously awesome as Quill/Star Lord. Gamora and Drax are played by Zoe Saldana and Dave Bauista, respectively, and give their characters soul even if they are experienced killers. Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper are fantastic in their voice roles as Groot and Rocket Raccoon. Lee Pace is scary as ever as Ronan The Accuser, and Karen Gillan rocks as the blue cybernetic badass daughter of Thanos, Nebula. John C. Reily, Glenn Close, Djimon Hounsou, and Micheal Rooker also have small but great roles to play.
James Gunn is able to mix humor and mindblowing action, making you cry laughing as you jump out of your seat at the amazing visuals. The CGI is the best I've ever seen (and I saw Gravity in IMAX 3D), making this the most visually stunning film of the year (and one of the best all time). The action is perfect and creative, with every character getting great fight sequences. He also brings great heart to the movie, with every character, but mostly Quill (the reason for his affinity of the name Star Lord will melt your heart for sure).
The after credits scene is ludicrous, yet doesn't tease any future movies (I hope). If you want to know who the far reaching Marvel character it uses is, I'll add it in a spoiler below.
The biggest reveal takes place in the first act, however, as Ronan goes to visit his master, and we get our first real look at Josh Brolin's Thanos. He is a scary beauty, in all his purple and golden glory. We also hear The Collector explain the Infinity Stones, and we see confirmation that the Tesseract and the Aether are among them.
Marvel Studios has put out a steady stream of amazing films, and this one somehow tops all of them, even The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Whoever your favorite hero was, get ready to replace them, as I am sure you'll find a new one to love among the Guardians of the Galaxy.
After-Credits Spoiler Below:
The after credits scene takes place is the wreckage of The Collector's, um, collection, and as The Collector sits among the damage, one of the creatures from storage asks why he allowed them to beat him up. It scrolls back to reveal Howard the Duck to be the one speaking.