By Lindsey Rothering —

Television’s favorite goofball, Chris Pratt (Andy on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”), stars in “Guardians of the Galaxy” playing in Applied Arts 210 on Friday, Oct. 17. The Marvel superhero flick has Pratt playing Peter Quill, a man intent on stealing a prized orb from an evil space ruler who is set on destroying the planets. Quill then appoints himself the leader of a rag-tag group to help save the galaxy.

The movie’s casting is less eclectic, featuring well-established actors known for both dramatic acting roles and comedy, which parallels the film’s mix of action and humor. The cast includes Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Lee Pace, John C. Reilly, Zoe Saldana and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. The cast balances well, most notably with bombshell Saldana as a space world orphan seeking remission from her past crimes. Energy brought by Saldana is the perfect counterpart to wrestler-turned-actor Bautista’s stern energy.

“Guardians” opened to solid reviews, and currently boasts a 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer, seemingly impressing both those with low expectations and diehard Marvel fans alike. Showings at both 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. gives action fans two opportunities to see the film before it hits shelves later this year.


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