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Today I took my son (James) and his girlfriend (Natasha) to see the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie which was just released yesterday.  Definitely two thumbs up!!
This was a rare (for me) entry into a comic-movie with no back-knowledge of the primary characters despite the fact their initial appearance (in comics) was during my prime comic collecting years (1965 to 1975).  I honestly don’t remember them at all.
So, what’s good?  To start off – it’s funny.  I laughed out loud several times!  And I chuckled or smiled a whole lot more times.  Next, the action.  It’s a fast paced movie and I certainly didn’t feel like it was a two hour movie (at least, until I had to sit through the credits waiting for the final Easter egg).  Third, the story and acting.  Basically, the story is about folks deciding to “BE” heroes.  They make a conscious decision and accept a personal recognition of the probable outcome of being a hero – we all have short life-spans anyway.  The acting is good enough that I was able to set aside the “fantasy” of the movie and identify with the individual Guardians.  That is very difficult in most run of the mill “people” movies, let alone in a “space-adventure” comic book / super-hero movie.  Finally, the special effects and cinematography are very good.  It’s well shot and I never felt like I was too close to the action to see it “all” happening (like in most of the Transformer movies), or too far away so I felt like I couldn’t really make out what was happening (like the final battle of Independence Day or the multi-IronMan suit battle at the end of IronMan III).
Final recommendation – this is a must see movie if you are into ANY of the following genres: Sci-Fi, special effects, comic book adaptations, good versus evil, or just all-out action movies.  I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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On This Day In:
2013 Little Lives
2012 Evolution
2011 Excellence At Performance = 10,000 Hours
2009 A Brief Poem…
Crater Lake Trip with James

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