Claps For- Being funny and action packed at the same time.
Slaps For- Being self-indulgent to the level that only fanboys will understand this.
Popcorn Break- Absolutely none. The plot moves at a frenetic pace. Miss it at your own risk.
Story- Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) makes a deal with Thanos (Josh Brolin) to get him an 'orb', in return for Thanos destroying Xandar. However, his plan is foiled as Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), runs away with the orb. He is then tried to be kidnapped by the likes of Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel). Slowly, they find out the real power of the orb, and Ronan's motives behind acquiring it, and decide to protect it.
Direction- James Gunn keeps the narrative as simple as possible, yet its difficult for a non-fanboy to fully understand it. The narrative is frenetic, which is obvious, given the sheer amount of source material at his disposal, and his need to tie this series to the next installment of Avengers. However, we would have expected a better post-credit sequence, than what we got here.
Acting- Chris Pratt is underwhelming as Peter Quill. Zoe Saldana has now made a career out of playing roles where we can't recognize her. Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel are hardly recognizable either, but their roles are fun, especially Bradley's constant blabbering. Vin Diesel is wasted, with nothing to do. Dave Batista is surprisingly effective, given his past employment.
Combo-On-Offer- Watch it, so that you don't have a question mark on your face when you watch the next avengers movie! Jokes apart, watch it for some great action, and good comedy. That's the combo with this.
Verdict- It's a blast for comic book fans. For others though, this can be a good change of pace, provided that they are willing to embrace comic book fandom.