20 Summer Movies You Absolutely Can Not Miss

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Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy
CAST: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro

DIRECTOR: James Gunn

WHY IT MATTERS:
Marvel Studios is on what you might call a bit of a roll. Two years ago they made what ended up being the third highest grossing film of all time with The Avengers, and the three films that have come out since - Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier were all giant blockbusters in their own right. (And did I mentioned they all got positive critical receptions?) At this point, it seems like the studio can do nothing wrong, so now, in classic Monty Python style, they’re ready to present us with something completely different.

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has established a rich, full fictional Earth filled with all kinds of superheroes and evil forces, Guardians of the Galaxy takes audiences millions of miles away from all of that and instead introduces them to a whole new team of dysfunctional misfits. Leading the pack is Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), a half-alien, half-human who left Earth at a young age and has spent his adult life as a Han Solo-style badass, but backing him his a ridiculous and colorful cast of supporting characters: Groot (Vin Diesel), a walking tree; Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), a gun-loving furry mammal; Gamora (Zoe Saldana), a green space assassin; and Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a hulking alien driven by revenge.

Of all the characters that Marvel has brought to life on the big screen thus far, the Guardians of the Galaxy are by far the most obscure, but it’s possible that the movie’s power lies in that obscurity. Directed by low-budget maestro James Gunn, the film looks utterly bizarre, and something about the strangeness of the footage just makes you want to know more about it. It looks like a ridiculous amount of fun, and should be a great late-summer hit.
RELEASE DATE: August 1

This article was first published on April 28, 2014 and was last updated on May 1, 2014.
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