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'The Guardians Of The Galaxy' are a motley space-faring crew of unlikely heroes in the latest film set in the Marvel Universe. Picture courtesy of PA / Photo.

'The Guardians Of The Galaxy' are a motley space-faring crew of unlikely heroes in the latest film set in the Marvel Universe. Picture courtesy of PA / Photo.

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From its visually stunning opening set to the funky strains of rockers Redbone, ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ lends the Marvel Comics big screen universe a delightful retro twang.

Peppered liberally with wit and high explosives, ‘Guardian’s of the Galaxy’ is a blast. The slick special effects for this space opera romp are immense, but don’t overshadow the strong character driven story at its heart.

Abducted by aliens as child, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is raised by thieves leading to him stealing an artefact of unimaginable destructive power which puts him on a collision course with galactic villain Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace).

Quill joins forces with fellow ne’er-do-wells looking for redemption in the shape of smouldering assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), walking apocalypse Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and scene-stealing duo Rocket the Raccoon and Groot, voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel respectively.

Fans of the comic know there is a rich universe to develop and the hints dropped in cameos from Benicio Del Toro and Glenn Close will give director James Gunn plenty of scope for the follow-up in 2017.