Benicio del Toro
John C. Reilly
Our rogue space scavenger Peter Quill is joined in his exploits by green-skinned butt-kicker Gamora (Zoe Saldana), beefcake-y, tattooed chrome-dome Drax (pro wrestler Dave Bautista), and an unlikely duo of soldiers of fortune: cranky, talking raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and his bark-covered sidekick, Groot (Vin Diesel). Naturally, none of these characters likes one another much at first. But they quickly realize that five heads and 12 legs are the bare minimum needed to prevent the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace) from destroying the galaxy.
Gunn has to juggle so many plot elements -- so many booming galactic battles, so many whisker-close brushes with death -- that it's little wonder he loses his grip on the thing. Gunn inserts occasional moments of wonder. But he doesn't bother to smooth over the seams. Time and again, he cues us what to feel, which is different from creating the perfect weather conditions for it and then stepping back.