Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt
What's it about?
After recovering a mysterious orb from an abandoned planet, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is chased by two bounty hunters and an assassin, who he teams up with (along with Drax the Destroyer) in prison to stop the Thanos-puppet Ronan destroying the galaxy.
This film is not only what Avengers Assemble SHOULD have been, but also the Star Wars prequels. Now that might seem like a big statement straight off the bat, but let me drop a review-bomb on you explaining why I said it.
Firstly, this is the first comic-book movie to have the Marvel charm, it's hilarious, hugely entertaining and really, really damn feelsie. All the characters are likeable,
even ESPECIALLY poor old Groot the three-word-tree. Peter Quill is played brilliantly by Chris Pratt, even the inflection of his stupid statements feel just so in place - like Spider-Man should have had. Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista were both pretty good, having their share of funny moments and really witty dialogue but just not on the level of Pratt or Cooper.
Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon is awesome, the lifelike CGI and lip-syncing make him feel realer than most of the team, combined with a fantastic and incredibly dry-funny script for him make him a huge fan-favourite in the making. Groot is mo-caped to perfection, even his eyebrow or 'lip' movements are done to a tree (heheheh) - and that's just how he looks; Groot has the most beautiful moments in the film and he WILL make you cry, don't doubt that at all.
Obligatory Karen Gillen..mmm...
And finally, the reason I said this is what Star Wars should have been is the space battles and sword fights. Small ships fighting bigger enemies with better weapons and improvising to cause AWESOME destruction of a fleet like Hoth is here, it has a Star Wars 3 opening/Death Star-esque HUGE spaceship battle that is clutch as hell and will have you on the edge of your seat; it even has an Anakin Skywalker vs. Asajj Ventress 'shock baton' (totally lightsaber design) fight that is almost as good as the one linked.
This film is incredible, I can't think of better praise than saying I plan on paying full price to see it in IMAX premier seats at my favourite cinema just to catch the lines I missed due to the whole cinema laughing at multiple scenes. And yes, the soundtrack is INCREDIBLE, so good in fact that I've been listening to it the entire time I've been writing this and will be for a good while. If you do see it, be sure to tell me how you liked the totally out of left field after-credits scene in the comments, I LOVED it and Mother just groaned, settle it for us!