Described by the director James Gunn as the rule-defying Rolling Stones of the Marvel universe, Guardians of the Galaxy is funny, action-packed and surprisingly sweet at times. Featuring Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, a wannabe hero with a special attachment to his Walkman (try explaining that relic to your kids!). Guardians isn’t your typical comic book movie as it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
But the question remains, do you want your kids to see it? Well, there’s a few naughty words, a Zen-like tree who answers “I am Groot” to any question (when he isn’t impaling the baddies), a sassy racoon voiced by Bradley Cooper (who happily wields a machine gun) and a whole lot of intergalactic adventure. So basically, it is undeniably fun-filled (c’mon, there’s a talking raccoon), but it’s also packed with violence.
That being said, it is really entertaining and it is hard to imagine a kid not absolutely loving the movie if they aren’t too easily spooked. Spoiler alert: There is a scene in the beginning where young Peter Quill watches his mother die in a hospital bed. A bit sad, sure, but it seems like all hero stories begin with a death of a parent (hello, every Disney movie ever) so it isn’t too bad or overdrawn on that account.
Overall, despite the violence (this is Marvel that we’re talking about), it’s a feel-good film that you and your kids can enjoy*. Just try not saying “I am Groot” too much after watching this film.
*Most of the reviews for the film suggest not taking kids younger than ten years old.
P.S. The sequel is set to be released next year.