(au) wrote: Not Your Typical Heroes, But, Guardians of the Galaxy NonethelessThe Marvel universe has done it again and brought us yet another "super-hero" movie. Before you roll your eyes, however, and just let your kids or grandkids go see it by themselves, think again. Guardians of The Galaxy is a different type of super-hero movie because it is full of imperfect heroes who are relatable across multiple ranges of viewers. Between a character who does not understand irony, to top chart songs from the era of the greatest generation, to a doomed love story, this movie has it all for everyone. So, take out the kids, grab some popcorn and have a quality family-friendly night at the movies! I think you will find it's worth your time.This band of hero misfits starts with an egotistic human named Peter Quill who calls himself Star Lord. Peter's only connection to Earth, which he was kidnapped from at a young age, is a cassette tape filled with seventies music. We cannot help but feel sympathy for his tragic backstory, but his goofy approach to heroism quickly has us charmed. By the end of the movie, we find Star Lord distracting Ronan, the villain of the movie, with a dance off to the tune of Ooh Child, by The Five Stairsteps. Gamora soon will enter the picture as the rough and tough adopted girl who is not at first a friend but instead trying to steal an ancient stone that Star Lord came to have. Gamora also has a tragic backstory of losing her family and being raising by an evil stepfather. She ends up being friends with Star Lord only upon the terms of getting back at her stepfather, who turns out to be Ronan himself. Rocket, a genetically modified talking raccoon, will come into the story-line along with Groot, a walking talking tree which can only communicate 3 words: I, AM, GROOT. Although we do not know the backstory of how these two misfits came together we soon appreciate the bond that they have for each other and feel the pain when they are separated. During the first time that the band works together Rocket leads the team in an escape from prison by asking each to gather specific items. To fulfil his need to have power over others Rocket asks Star Lord to get the prosthetic leg from one of the jail inmates they are with and upon receiving the leg just laughs because he did not need it at all but just thought it would be funny. In this duo, we enjoy the teamwork and rapport that comes from two lifelong friends. The last member of our favorite team is the typical brute force played by a character named Drax. Drax brings us the idea that, "the enemy of our enemy is our friend," since he too hates Ronan, for murdering his wife and children and wants revenge. Drax adds comedic relief, as his straightforward approach to life prevents him from understanding anything that is not literal. At one point, someone says that an idea is over his head and he quickly replies, "that is impossible, nothing goes over my head, my reflexes are too quick."Guardians of the Galaxy is a refreshing change to the cinematic atmosphere. In this comedic drama, the heroes are not the flawless, wealthy, perfect, or even well-mannered stars that we have come to expect from those like Batman or Super-Man. Rather, this bunch of outliers are, in their own spheres, normal everyday people with no extra ordinary super powers. This unlikely band first comes together in a space prison, with their only bond being a desire for escape. Once successful, Star Lord rallies the team together to sell an ancient artifact of great value, known as an infinity stone. Then through ups and down, failures and successes, our little misfits start to come together for a greater purpose than their own individual desires.Through silly songs that bring us back to the 70's, pure dumb luck that leaves us at the edge of our seats and never ending comedic relief, the Guardians of the Galaxy manage to defeat Ronan and are hailed as heroes and guardians throughout space civilization. If you had the impression that the Guardians of the Galaxy might just be another predictable Marvel universe super hero movie, you will be pleasantly surprised. This band of misfits and their journey to heroics reminds us that we all have the possibility to do incredible things even though we ourselves might not have super-powers of our own. Their sad origin stories make their stories relatable, the music beckons the older generation to get up and dance, and the clean humor and exciting plot makes this a must-see for the whole family! So, take a moment to eat some popcorn, grab a drink, and prepare to enjoy yourself. Meanwhile, I will already be looking forward to the sequel.