To be fair, it’s really how dialogue and special effects made summer awesome. The story is okay, and there are some sappy moments put in to give substance where maybe less was needed. We really didn’t have to watch Peter Quill’s mother die of cancer to understand him. We could have picked it up with less in-your-face and more what happened when he was kidnapped by space ravagers right after mom dies. But the dialogue! Oh dear Lord it’s fantastic and it binds the characters, who couldn’t be more diametrically opposed to each other. Even the bit parts and villains get in on the act (when Ronan breaks character at the end has to be one of my favorite movie moments of all time). If you go to this movie expecting Oscar caliber production and performance, well skip this one, but, if you want two hours of fun back-and-forth banter, good special effects, and easy to like characters, go. Oh, and go in 3D. The movie is built for it; there are some really gorgeous 3D moments.