Marvel’s latest superhero installment Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the summer movies I’m most excited to see. Like most people who’ve never read the Marvel comics, I don’t know much about the story (and intend to keep it that way until August 1), just enough to be intrigued. It’s got action elements, a fantasy storyline, and actors I love to watch. Computer-enhanced versions of Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, and Vin Diesel and one very buff version of Chris Pratt make up a rag-tag space crew holding the fate of the galaxy in their hands. Sounds entertaining to me!
If you’re not a Parks & Recreation fan, Chris Pratt has probably been hovering in “Hey It’s That Guy!” territory with small roles in Her, Moneyball, and The Five Year Engagement. He might sound familiar, having voiced hero Emmet Brickowoski in The Lego Movie. Or maybe you go all the way back to 2002’s Everwood. If you are a Parks & Rec fan (and why wouldn’t you be? It’s awesome) then you are probably stoked to watch Andy Dwyer kick some major butt.
Chris Pratt represents Parks & Recreation’s big ol’ heart just as much as star Amy Poehler. With his unique blend of comic charm and earnestness, he’s able to go toe-to-toe with her and Nick “Ron Swanson” Offerman. He’s a huge draw for me and one of the main reasons I’m so excited to to see Guardians of the Galaxy. I don’t usually watch previews all the way through (they give away too many spoilers) but I find “Hooked on a Feeling” tremendously entertaining and rewatchable.
Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1. It’s directed by James Gunn (writer/director of one of my favorite horror movies, Slither) and co-written by Gunn and Nicole Perlman.