James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy – a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name – is the tenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It features a hand-picked ensemble cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave
Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen
Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close
, and Benicio del

Director James Gunn writes the screenplay with Nicole Perlman. The protagonist, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms an alliance with a group of extraterrestrial oddballs who are on the run after stealing a powerful artifact.

Gunn attempts to use as many practical effects as possible while filming to aid the use of CGI and Motion Capture during post-production, saying,

“Our sets are enormous. We have a prison that is 350,000 pounds of steel. Anybody who knows me knows I love the mix of practical and CGI effects… I can’t wait for people to see it, because it’s astonishingly beautiful.”

The film is a critical and commercial success, grossing $773.3 million worldwide and becoming the fifth highest-grossing film in the
Marvel Cinematic Universe
. Guardians of the Galaxy is praised for its humor, action, soundtrack, visual effects, direction, musical score, and acting.

Steven Spielberg has previously collaborated with the following cast members: Djimon Hounsou (Amistad), Vin Diesel (Saving Private Ryan) und Zoe Saldana (The Terminal). Chris Pratt gets the lead part in the Spielberg-produced blockbuster Jurassic World.

In an interview that first appeared on Omelete.uol.com.br Steven Spielberg calls Guardians of the Galaxy his favorite superhero film:

“I love the Superman of Richard Donner, The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan, and the first Iron Man, but [the] superhero film that impressed me most is one that does not take itself too seriously: Guardians of the Galaxy. When his projection was over, I left with the feeling of having seen something new in movies, without any cynicism or fear of being dark when needed. There is a difference between heroes and superheroes. The hero is an ordinary person who is faced with a serious fact and acts to modify it. A hero is a person who, walking down the street, see[s] a car on fire and runs [to] help the person who is in the driver’s seat, attached to the seat belt to loosen. [A] superhero is a person who, on the same scene, would fly to the car and try to turn it upside down and shake it using his super strength, until the driver is released. I identify more with the first example. Film[s of] everyday heroes.”

The sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, is scheduled to be released on May 5, 2017.

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