Is the new Marvel super hero film ok for kids? In this Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review | Safe for Kids?, a full parent review guide and PG-13 age rating breakdown. No spoilers!
Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review | Safe for Kids?
So I’ve been talking about this movie for months now, and I can’t believe the day is finally here. The Guardians of the Galaxy movie is in theaters today, August 1, 2014!
The next epic Marvel saga has entered in this summer’s blockbuster line up, and I couldn’t be more excited. Why? Because I can finally talk about it! It’s been killing me not to share with you the amazing-ness wrapped inside this movie. And with a rating of PG-13, I know parents are wondering…Is Guardians safe for my kids? In this Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review | Safe for Kids? we breakdown the visuals, story and that PG-13 age rating for parents, an exclusive parent review guide to the newest Marvel film.
Hello, Marvel. If you love the action, explosions, fight scenes and epic out-of-this-world visual effects, The Guardians of the Galaxy has what you are looking for. Set to a sweet soundtrack, this Marvel film has the CGI enhancements equal to Avengers – but set in space. If you have the opportunity to watch in IMAX 3D, this is worth the upgrade.
First of all, let’s talk about the amazing-ness part. I have to admit, I was a little concerned when I heard about Marvel taking the movies in this direction. I mean, Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t as popular as say the classic X-men or Avengers.
And they then rumors about a talking raccoon that wasn’t even in the comics….I definitely thought the comic fans were going to have a field day. But as I sat down and listened to the first strain of classic rock music filter into the theater, I knew I was in for a heck of a ride. So before I dive in, I’ll give you the movie synopsis in case you were hiding in a bush.
An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” in theaters August 1, expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand–with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.
So the best way that I can describe this movie in terms of Marvel movies, it’s a “softer” version of Avengers, set to an epic soundtrack. If you haven’t gotten “Hooked on a Feeling” yet from the trailer, you’ll soon realize that the music in the movie plays a big role in the tone of the film. It’s swanky. It’s mischievous. It’s clever. It’s fun.
As with any good Marvel movie, be prepared for some amazing CG effects, action sequences and epic battles. And let’s not forget the classic one-liners that will have you giggling a few days later.
Chris Pratt was the most surprising hero of the film, with everything from a comedic twist, to a handsome smile (and shirtless!!), and hey, it’s his first BIG film. Not a bad role for a first timer! Star-Lord definitely won my heart over as leader of the Guardians. Drax took some time to warm up as you peeled back the layers of his history, grief and desire for revenge. Gamora is more than just a pretty green face, as Zoe really stepped up as lead actress of this film. And even Bradley Cooper’s Rocket had some funny lines. And Groot? Well, let’s just say he “grew” on me.
Ladies, be prepared for some eye misting moments. Men, sit back and enjoy all of the gun slinging, explosions, and fight scenes.
That PG-13 Rating | Ok for Children?
And now for the kids. There’s quite a few guns being fired. There’s quite a bit of language and a middle finger moment. There’s the suggestion of a head being smashed with a gigantic sledge hammer. And yes, the fight sequences can get intense at times. But if your child does well with separating the sci-fi violence with reality, I think they will do fine. Will I be taking my 5 year old? Not this time….which I feel horrible. He was really looking forward to this one.
But for everyone else, I surprisingly very much enjoyed the movie. And I will definitely be seeing it again.
Why you ask? In Marvel fashion, there’s always a hinting trailer at the very end of the credits. But to our media eyes’ surprise, we didn’t get to see it. In fact no one, not even those that attended the premiere will get to see it until it hits theaters today. So if your family is ready to hit the Galaxy this summer, I would definitely put Guardians on the list. Very entertaining from the great actor selection, to the special effects, to the plot scheme. And hey, there’s already a Guardians II in production for 2017. So prepare your best “I am Groot” chant and watch Guardians of the Galaxy, an epic out-of-this-world Marvel adventure this summer!
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Guardians of the Galaxy is in theaters starting today, August 1, 2014! Will you be seeing this epic summer blockbuster?
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Everyday living with chrys says
My husband has been a Marvel fan since he was a little kid. About 30 years now. This movie is amazing.
I think this looks like a great movie, but I don’t think it’s appropriate for my girls. I will probably wait to rent it when it is available on dvd, and hubby and I will watch it once the kids are in bed.
This is the greatest movie of the summer. My boys and I had the best time watching this and we haven’t laughed so hard since.
Marina @ Mommy Snippets says
This looks like such as an awesome movie. Can’t wait to see it.
Carly from The Puzzled Palate says
Thank you for being honest! I look forward to going to see it… with my kids at home with a babysitter!
Debbie Denny says
My granddaughter really liked this. She had a blast.
Janeane Davis says
This movie looks like it will be a lot of fun. I like the look of the scary characters.