Sexy, Sex and Nude Scenes
In the beginning, an alien girl is briefly shown in a t-shirt and panties sitting in Peter's ship. Even though it is implied the two had a one-night stand, the scene isn't shot in a sexualized manner.
Peter stares at Gamora butt as she climbs the stairs and says that if he had a black light the ship would look "like a Jackson Pollock painting", referring to semen.
A man talks about sleeping with a woman to get information.
Other mild references to sex include a scene where it is implied that a woman should seduce men in order to distract them, and a very vague reference to prison rape that will most definitely fly over kids' heads.
Peter is seen shirtless in one scene with his underwear
Violent and Bloody Scenes
Fight scenes throughout (hand to hand, laser gun shoot outs and spaceship battles)
A man is tied against a pole. A man goes up to him with a hammer and offscreen we hear a loud bang. Blood (more purple than red) runs down the chair after.
A guard uses a cattle prod to shock a man more than once, even after he is lying helpless on the ground.
A tree creature stabs several men and uses them to slam other men to the ground
A prison guard is stabbed through the chest in the background. No blood is shown
A man snaps an alien's neck using a concussive blast of air.
A pirate uses a remote-control electronic dart to threaten people and to kill two dozen soldiers, leaving scorch marks on their chests as they fall dead.
Two women fight with swords. One pushes the other off the ship and we see her bloodlessly cut her mechanical hand off to escape.
An orb slowly disintegrates anyone that touches it. This happens about 3 times throughout the film (no blood is shown, but skin can be seen burning away).
Scary and Disturbing Scenes
The film as a whole is bright and colorful with an upbeat tone, but there are some moments that may scare younger children and make people emotional.
The first scene is emotionally intense, as it deals with Peter's mother dying of cancer in the hospital. She is obviously very sick, and seeing both that and a young child lose his mother might be distressing to some, especially those who went through similar situations.
Apart from Peter, most of the other main characters also have very tragic and emotional backstories. Gamora lost her entire family and was held captive and tortured. The scene where she tells this is quite sad; Rocket was the result of experiments on animals, and has an emotional drunken monologue about this; Drax lost his wife and daughter and mentions this several times throughout the movie.
A woman who was previously shot is shown with a slightly contorted body and face, which slowly heals itself. The woman snaps her joints and bones back into place. No blood is shown, and the scene is brief but it may be seen as mildly disturbing to some.
A main character dies in an explosion.It is very emotional.
Although the ending is happy and upbeat, Star-Lord's emotion after opening his mother's last gift may cause some tears.
(Rating: 12A, 121 mins) Written by Zen Terrelonge
Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel
If you've seen the trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy, you'd be within your rights to think Marvel Studio execs have been hitting the bottle hard or taking LSD.
The film revolves around a group of dysfunctional but goodhearted criminals think Robin Hood's Merry Men of the future comprising human thief Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Pratt), green assassin Gamora (Saldana), talking raccoon Rocket (Cooper), knife-wielding Drax the Destroyer (Bautista), and walking tree Groot (Diesel).
Like the Avengers, the Guardians get off to a false start but soon unite over a common cause, namely, the galaxy being obliterated by genocidal maniac, Ronan not Keating the Accuser.
Ah yes, the old, let's-exterminate-everyone-for-the-mistakes-of-their-forefathers ploy.
But unlike Avengers Assemble, Guardians of the Galaxy oozes offbeat originality and frankly, it's the most unique and delightful film Marvel has created to date.
It's a hell of an achievement given the extensive movie library the company is building up and when you consider the characters aren't household names like 'big three' Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, but Marvel seems well aware of that fact with the final production risky to say the least.
The film opens in 1988, which is when Quill is abducted from Earth, and 26 years later we see he's become a crooked intergalactic outlaw with a taste for all things shiny, valuable and not his.
Given the distinct decade in which he was taken, his cassette player and mixtape of 70s and 80s tracks are laced throughout the film, which creates a quirky yet grounded quality in the midst of all of the dazzling interstellar warfare that takes place along the way.
In addition to the soundtrack, jokes and comedy have never been more of a feature in a Marvel film perhaps Iron Man 3 was the closest as gags are thrown into the unlikeliest of scenarios to lessen the tension, and I would imagine, to really differentiate itself from Avengers Assemble, Star Wars and Star Trek, which by comparison are left looking very sombre.
That said, if you were going to compare Pratt's Quill to someone, the character is quite reminiscent of Chris Pine's Captain James Kirk smart, womanising, reckless leaders, who eventually find their feet.
The editing is supreme and makes each bit of dialogue super-sharp and tight, so when the infamous five are bickering or talking generally, the repartee all feels really clean and natural without being awkward or forced.
Thor can be stubborn, Iron Man can be arrogant and Captain America is considered too stiff, but all of the Guardians bring even more wildly different qualities to the table and offer some diversity that doesn't ever grate or bore, which wouldn't have been possible without such excellent casting.
Meanwhile, the film is very much in the here and now, with Quill's backstory the only one that truly gets a look-in, which creates a sense of intrigue about his colleagues who only have their pasts hinted at, meaning sequel fodder.
There's just no way of knowing where you're going and tonally the movie delivers a piece of everything and it's done big and without hesitation.
Guardians may have been a gamble, but I'm Grooting for it to Rocket to the top.