Guardians of the Galaxy
Directed by James Gunn
Produced by Kevin Feige
Screenplay by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman
Based on original Guardians of the Galaxy work by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Music by Tyler Bates
Cinematography Ben Davis
Editing by Craig Wood, Fred Raskin and Hughes Winborne
Released August 1, 2014
Run time 122 minutes
Sept 27, 2014: Groot in disupute before Supreme Court? The Kirby vs Marvel/Disney case
Guardians clears $630 million worldwide
Sept 21, 2014: After 52 days in theaters Guardians of the Galaxy now has a worldwide gross of $632.3 million, which makes its the 14th highest-grossing superhero film worldwide.
Aug 25, 2914: Guardians at $451 million worldwide after 24 days
Drax the Destroyer
"I took my little brother (who falls on the autism spectrum) to see Guardians of the Galaxy and after this scene he lit up like a Christmas tree and screamed “He’s like me! He can’t do metaphors!” And for the rest of the film my brother stared at Drax in a state of rapture. So for the last 6 days I have heard my brother repeatedly quote all of the Drax lines from the movie verbatim (one of his talents), begin studying vocabulary test words, and tell everyone he knows that people with autism can also be superheroes.
Now I am not saying that Drax the Destroyer is, or was ever, intended to be autistic. All I am saying is that it warmed my heart to see my brother have an opportunity to identify himself with a character known for his strength, badassness, and honor. And that is pretty damn awesome. So while I adored Guardians of the Galaxy as a great fun loving film with cool characters I can do nothing but thank Marvel Studios and Dave Bautista for finally bringing a superhero to the screen that my little brother can relate to."
Saw this sequence and testimonial on tumblr
Guardians at $490 million worldwide
Aug 20, 2014: Starlord, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket have become the biggest draw of the USA summer blockbuster slate after pressing past the earnings of Captain America Winter Soldier. Edging back into the #1 spot in America after two weeks trailing the reboot Ninja Turtles, Marvels space opera / superheroic sci-fi film is back in the lead with it's 1970s pop soundtrack and comedy dialogue.
After 26 days in theaters, and with a domestic haul of $251 million combined with the worldwide take to grand total at $489,056,069 Million, the film is still running hard on repeat viewings and excellent word of mouth reviews.
The Best Selling Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack
I'm Not in Love
Written by Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman
Performed by 10CC
Come and Get Your Love
Written by Lolly Vegas
Performed by Redbone
Go All the Way
Written by Eric Carmen
Performed by The Raspberries
Mad Scene from 'Lucia di Lammermoor'
Written by Gaetano Donizetti
Performed by Bergamo Musica Festival Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Antonio Fogliani
Hooked on a Feeling
Written by Francis Zambon (as Mark James)
Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Written and Performed by Rupert Holmes
Written and Performed by David Bowie
Fooled Around and Fell in Love
Written and Performed by Elvin Bishop
Written by Kim Fowley and Joan Jett
Performed by The Runaways
Written by Stan Vincent
Performed by The Five Stairsteps
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Written by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson
Performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
I Want You Back
Written by Freddie Perren, Fonce Mizell, Berry Gordy and Deke Richards
Performed by Jackson 5
Guardians at 300 million plus after 10 days
August 11, 2014: The Worldwide haul for this Marvel Studios pic after 10 days is now at $313,222,000 million. Guardians slid into the number #2 slot after Teenage Ninja Turtles reboot came out with a very good opening weekend.
Domestic market earnings for Guardians of the Galaxy at $176 million, and Foreign market $137.4 million.
"Happy Satire of the Sad Origin Story"
Aug 5, 2014: A clever analysis of the new Guardians of the Galaxy film by Katie Kilkenny.
"Every member of the Guardians has known deep trauma. Chris Pratt’s lead Peter Quill lost his mom (cancer); Zoe Saldana’s Gamora is practically dead to the last surviving member of her family Nebula (Karen Gillan); her previous colleague-in-crime Ronan (Lee Pace) slaughtered the family of Dave Bautista’s Drax; and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) doesn’t even have a family since, as a human experiment in anthropomorphization gone wrong, he’s basically a lab animal.* As for his pet, the sentient tree Groot (Vin Diesel), who knows? He can only string together three words (the innocuous truth, “I am Groot”). Judging by the way he tortures his adversaries—pushing his roots into their nostrils, out other orifices—it’s safe to assume the tree has issues, too.
But in contrast to the rest of the genre, these sob stories don’t bestow nobility. No one’s particular woes are more “super” than another’s. In fact, any attempt at tragedy one-upmanship would counteract the movie’s shaggy, communal comedy. The Guardians aren’t superheroes so much as they are a heterogeneous mix of losers, bandits, and outlaws who know just how unexceptional they are. As Chris Pratt's character says to rally the troops, “I look around and I see losers. Like, people who have lost something.”
This article is at The Atlantic
Guardians Opens with $160+ million worldwide haul
Industry watchers wondered what was going to happen with this outside-of-the-formula Marvel galactic hero movie. Well, now they know: Guardians has brought in a record-breaking $94 million dollar gross for USA domestic box office, and a big start worldwide with a $160 million haul.
These numbers mean Guardians will have moved past basic production costs (reportedly $170 million) in just a few days, and is poised to make a great deal more money for Marvel (the comic book company has already put $6.8 billion in movie earnings money into the Disney coffers since they bought the company in Sept 2009.)
Guardians changes the Marvel Movie world going forward
With good to better movie reviews crowding the internet, Guardians of the Universe expands the Marvel conceptual story base beyond spandex-style superheroes to now include George Lucas style space adventurers.
Since Guardians actually ties in directly to the Marvel comics hero movies, it keeps all the story balls juggling in one hand, the one Jack Kirby-Steve Ditko-Stan Lee started in 1961 with the first issue of Fantastic Four and then in 1962 with Spider-Man the books which rebooted the superhero genre.
August 4, 2014: Some have said this the most faithful to the comic book source material yet from a Marvel Comics film.
In current reviews, the word "quirky" is used the most to describe the quintet of heroes who have to get along long enough to defeat a menace (Lee Pace as Ronan) who is wielding an orb which can destroy the galaxy. (The orb in question is apparently one of the Infinity Gems - which is what the Tesseract is, too. There are other gems, six in total, which most people are suspecting will be an important part of Avengers 2 and all six together will be the plot in Avengers 3)
Still Photos from Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - May Trailer
New poster for Guardians of the Galaxy
Original Page Aug 2014
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Selection of Jim Aparo Covers for Brave and the Bold