Intergalactic comic book romp is a blast

PA Photos/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK
PA Photos/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK

From its visually stunning opening set to the funky strains of Come And Get Your Love, Guardians Of The Galaxy has a delightful retro twang.

The sardonic anti-hero is seldom parted from his Walkman and he inspires his cohorts to greatness with repeated references to Kevin Bacon and Footloose.

As the slick special effects attest, the budget for this Marvel Comics intergalactic romp is big – so too are the laughs courtesy of director James Gunn and co-writer Nicole Perlman.

The opening sequence affectionately nods to Raiders Of The Lost Ark and when the mystery surrounding the film’s fabled treasure is revealed, the space cowboy casually notes the trinket has “a shiny suitcase, Ark of the Covenant, Maltese Falcon vibe”.

Abducted from his parents as a child and raised by thieves led by blue-skinned tyrant Yondu (Michael Rooker), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a thief for hire, who steals a mystical orb sought by sadistic warlord Ronan (Lee Pace) and his army of Sakaarans.

Peter evades Ronan’s clutches and eventually aligns himself with a motley crew of mercenaries.

Guardians Of The Galaxy is a blast.