Following his abduction as a child, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) becomes the main target of a manhunt, led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), after he steals a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space. To help fight Ronan and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team, known as the Guardians of the Galaxy, to save the world.

Quill’s team consists of galactic assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), strongman Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a talking tree with a limited vocabulary called Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and weaponry expert Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper). Despite the odd combination of characters, there is excellent chemistry between them, which is evident throughout the film.

There’s also an incredibly strong supporting cast, with the likes of Karen Gillan (who plays Nebula), John C. Reilly (Corpsman Dey) and Peter Serafinowicz (Denarian Saal) all featuring.

Unlike the vast majority of Marvel films, Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t take itself too seriously, which works to the film’s advantage. Scenes which would normally be full of emotional investment are cut down with Chris Pratt’s comic timing or Rocket’s witty lines. Even Groot manages to provide plenty of laugh out loud moments, despite only having one recurring line (“I am Groot”).

Further adding to the spectacle is the impressive original score composed by Tyler Bates. This is accompanied by an excellent soundtrack full of instantly recognisable classics, which play a significant role in the film’s plot. Such classics include the likes of 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love”, Blue Swede’s “Hooked On A Feeling” and Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”.

Of course, there are also the traditional components that make up modern superhero films. Intense action scenes, stunning visual effects and a well-rounded script all contribute to the outstanding overall package.