Gavin Rye’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'm not a super hero fan. I've said it a countless amount of times, yet I keep watching them. I just sometimes want to see something big and over the top with things blowing up and people flying about the place. That said, Guardians of the Galaxy isn't really an out and out super hero film. Sure it's by Marvel and I think it fits in with The Avengers right? Like I said, I don't follow these closely. But there are no people dressed like idiots, just smashing through buildings and hitting a bad guy until he falls over. We actually get some great characters, in a world where they feel more natural.
What makes the film is it's great characters. Every member of the Guardians has his or her own thing going on and they are all totally likeable. The Raccoon guy is just hilarious and his partner Groot has every bit of character the others do despite being able to only say I am Groot. He looks pretty good too for an all CGI effect. The lead guy is a bit of a loveable idiot type of guy but never becomes annoying with it and I really loved his walkman and how the tape he listens to becomes the films soundtrack.
It's an odd choice to put Jame's Gunn in charge of a giant blockbuster film, but it totally pays off. I've been a fan of his since the Troma days and it's good to see he still remembers his roots, giving Troma president Lloyd Kaufman a great little cameo in the prison scene. I'm really not sure how they would fit in with other comic book creations, but I look forward to seeing the group again.