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There is no doubt Guardians of the

Galaxy was a gam­ble. The de­ci­sion by Marvel Stu­dios to pump a re­ported $US170 mil­lion ($A183.93 mil­lion) into a space ac­tion/com­edy about a bunch of rag­tag guys from a comic ba­si­cally no one had ever heard of, was risky.

But with writer and direc­tor James Gunn, Marvel has cre­ated one of the fun­ni­est comic book movies to date. Packed with cheeky pop cul­ture wit and self-aware hu­mour, it is in­fused with bizarre but lov­able char­ac­ters and nos­tal­gia-in­duc­ing 1970s tunes.

One of the strangest char­ac­ters, a CGI hu­manoid tree (voiced by Vin Diesel) that can only say three words – “I am Groot” – is ac­tu­ally the movie’s MVP.

Close be­hind is the gun­tot­ing Rocket Rac­coon (voiced by Bradley Cooper).

But each of the five law­break­ing he­roes are en­ter­tain­ing in their own way, from Chris Pratt’s charm­ing out­law Peter Quill, to Zoe Sal­dana’s green-skinned war­rior Gamora and for­mer WWE wrestler Dave Bautista as the sur­pris­ingly hi­lar­i­ous Drax the De­stroyer.

But as funny as it is, the thing that ties this group to­gether, is more heart­felt.

Well, not at first – it is greed and money ini­tially, but it be­comes some­thing more.

Rounding out the ex­cel­lent key play­ers is a won­der­fully ter­ri­fy­ing geno­ci­dal bad­die Ro­nan (played by an un­recog­nis­able Lee Pace).

Fans will be pleased with glimpses of the ul­tra-vil­lain Thanos, who was in the post­cred­its of The Avengers. Guardians of the Galaxy might not have any fa­mil­iar su­per­hero faces, but it is a must-see. Even more clever is that they don’t give ev­ery­thing away, leav­ing you want­ing more.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens


The Guardians of the Galaxy are (from left) Gamora, Rocket Rac­coon, Peter Quill, Groot and Drax the De­stroyer.

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