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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!
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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Well, that’s my excuse anyway.  And I think it’s a good one…
Seriously, I finally got around to seeing the new Thor movie: “Thor: The Dark World“, and I enjoyed it.  Like most comic book movie adaptations it is not great cinema, but it is an enjoyable action flic to keep us interested until the next Avengers movie comes out.  (Actually, the next movie out will be the second Captain America film.)
When reading the Thor comics (as a kid) there were a number of years where they started off just on Earth and then they made a transition to Thor in Asgard which allowed for more epic-heroic story lines.  Thor was almost never a believable character on Earth.  Hello!  How many Earth villains can stand up to a “god”?  But, in Asgard, his character blossomed in my imagination.
The problem in the comics is (was) there weren’t enough known god characters to go around fighting with (let alone against), so a whole slew had to be invented.  This is extended in both Thor movies where not only are there characters which don’t exist in Norse mythology, there are also multiple races (racial in “human” terms that is, not alien) among the Asgardians.  However, once you get past this “politically correct” quirk in the movies it quickly comes down to can they act and carry their roles.  They do, certainly as well as any of the anglo/white “Norse” characters do anyway.
Another “problem” I had with the movie was that the bad guys had power weapons (guns) while the Asgardian’s fight with swords, knives, shields, and, of course, a hammer.  Well, that is, most of the time.  When Asgard is actually invaded, the Asgardians break out the power weapons – in this case multi-barrel anti-aircraft cannons.  All of which looked pretty cool, but left me thinking: “Huh?”
My reaction to the first Thor movie was that it was two movies in one: one on Earth and one in Asgard, and neither was done as well as if they had just done one or the other.  This sequel is a bit of the same, but for some reason it made more sense the in way it was handled in this one, so it wasn’t a negative for me.  I would say it was about 30% Earth and 70% Asgard, which seemed better.
At this point, I’m really starting to tell too much about what happens in the movie and not enough about whether it was any good.  It was.  I enjoyed it.  No, it’s not great cinema (although the special effects are pretty awesome and starting to really look believable), but it is a good, old fashioned, heroes fight bad guys movie.  There is also just enough comedy in the movie to make it “fun”, which is also a big plus to me.  If that is your pleasure (and it certainly is mine), then you’ll enjoy this movie too.  Just don’t wast energy trying to think about it and make too much sense of it.  It’s just a movie…
Highly recommended!
On This Day In:
2012 Never, Never, Never
2011 Testing 1, 2, 3

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