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When I was young, and an avid science fiction and fantasy reader, I searched long and hard for anything on the large or small screens that gave me the same kind of fun as what I was reading. That changed with “200l: A Space Odyssey” and even moreso with “Star Wars.” Having seen this summer action adventure fantasy today, I can report that it delivers the fun. It doesn’t break any new ground, but it’s quite entertaining. I have to admit I’ve never read any of the comics it’s based on. I did read the early adventures of the character Star-Lord, but the version here is later and a lot different, as far as I remember. The other “heroes” were all new to me. I did enjoy seeing Thanos, one of Marvel’s best villains, well-handled here, as I’d bet his creator Jim Starlin did. For once the credits were generous, giving Jim and others creator credit, and listing many other comics creators too. Nice to see that. Of course, Stan Lee had his cameo as well.
The plot of the film is not particularly important or memorable. The interactions among the characters, in both serious and funny moments, was well handled and fun to watch. The effects were epic, but not particularly better than other recent action movies. At least there weren’t so many things going on at once most of the time, so I found things easier to follow than in other recent films. Yes, it’s full of action, but there are plenty of quieter moments, a good balance. No one character stood out for me as a favorite, but as a group, the leads were all fine. I was not as taken with Rocket, the CGI raccoon as some may have been, but he and Groot, the plant man, were well-crafted and played. In fact, at times I found them more convincing than Zoe Saldana as Gamora, who I didn’t feel was as believable in the quieter scenes. Chris Pratt as Star-Lord hit all the right notes for me, a good blend of funny and heroic while still being kind of a jerk.
In short, well worth seeing and recommended.