Guardians of the Galaxy
First screened in August 2014
Director: James Gunn. Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoë Saldana, voice of Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, voice of Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly, Djimon Hounsou, Laura Haddock, Gregg Henry, Wyatt Oleff, Peter Serafinowicz, Melia Kreiling, Tom Proctor, Sean Gunn. Screenplay: James Gunn and Nicole Perlman (based on the comic books by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning).

Twitter Capsule: Quirkiest sense of character, most welcoming esprit de corps of the Marvel movies I've seen. Entertaining.

VOR:   Hardly a reinvention (needs tightening, awfully gunny, etc.) but proves Marvel can conjure underdog appeal and introduce us to new characters and worlds. Major public embrace made this one matter.

Photo © 2014 Walt Disney Studios/Marvel Enterprises

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Visual Effects: Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner, and Paul Corbould
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

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