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3.3
2,653 Ratings

Guardians of the Galaxy

Directed by James Gunn
United States, 2014
Sci-Fi, Action, Commercial

Synopsis

After stealing a mysterious, valuable orb from the planet Morag, a group of intergalactic misfits become marked by a a sinister villain named Ronan the Accuser.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Directed by James Gunn

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2015 | 2 nominations including: Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | Nominee: Best Original Score or Soundtrack

BAFTA Awards

2015 | 2 nominations including: Best Make Up & Hair

Writers Guild of America

2015 | Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay (Screen)

Gunn, an underrated talent who also made Slitherin 2006, is the clear MVP here, not just earning some big laughs – the scenes with the whole team together, trying to make a plan but only succeeding in getting on each other’s nerves, have a back-and-forth snap that’s often hilarious – but ensuring the film isn’t just a brittle snark-fest.
September 08, 2014
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Not only do these characters squabble before saving the day, but they are given to involuntary bits of physical business that puncture the epic nature of the plot… The film is also Marvelesque, however, in its attempts to evoke societal relatability, and here the shorthand of narrative becomes troublesome. Much is made, both visually and plot-wise, of the cosmopolitan nature of the good planet Xandar, but none of the alien races seem to adhere to any cultural specifics…
August 05, 2014
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The climax is big and loud and filled with indiscriminate destruction and slaughter of sentient beings. But as it takes place on a planet other than the one the audience is on and so doesn’t involve the razing of a recognizable city, it’s a little less troubling than it might have been. It seems as if I’m listing a lot of not-fun things in what I’ve called a fun movie, but again, I’m just voicing some frustration because, in my puny mind, the not-fun parts seemed entirely avoidable.
July 31, 2014
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