GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY UK ONE SHEET
ABOUT THE FILM
Guardians of the Galaxy (also known as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1) is a 2014 film directed by James Gunn and was produced by Kevin Feige. The screenplay was written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman based the Marvel comic books, Guardians of the Galaxy created by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Guardians of the Galaxy stars 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 Toro.
The storyline follows Peter Quill who is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser, after stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the “Guardians of the Galaxy” to save the world.
Principle photography for Guardians of the Galaxy took place at Shepperton Studios and Longcross Studios, the United Kingdom under the working title of Full Tilt. Additional filming took place at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.
James Gunn said that he tried to use as many practical effects as possible during 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”.
Guardians of the Galaxy featured 2,750 visual effects shots, which make up approximately 90% of the film. The visual effects were created by Moving Picture Company (MPC), who worked on creating Groot, as well as Morag, Xandar, the Dark Aster and the final battle on Xandar.
When Guardians of the Galaxy was released it received positive reviews from the critics. On Rotten Tomatoes it currently holds a rating of 92% with the general consensus being, “Guardians of the Galaxy is just as irreverent as fans of the frequently zany Marvel comic would expect — as well as funny, thrilling, full of heart, and packed with visual splendour”.
Justin Lowe of The Hollywood Reporter also praised the film’s look, and felt “A well-matched ensemble rises to the challenge of launching a heroic origin film with distinctive style, abundant thrills and no shortage of humour”. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times said, “Guardians of the Galaxy is a late summer treat — a mostly lighthearted and self-referential comic-book movie with loads of whiz-bang action, some laugh-out-loud moments and a couple of surprisingly beautiful and touching scenes as well,” calling it “a refreshing confection of entertainment”.
Commercially, Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge box office success. Having been produced with an estimated production budget of $170m. In its opening weekend, it took $94,320,883 at the US box office and took $774,176,600 in total worldwide box office receipts. Guardians of the Galaxy is the third highest-grossing film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Year of Film
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro
Origin of Film
Genre(s) of Film
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Budget: $170,000,000 (Estimated)
Opening Weekend: $94,320,883 (USA)
Gross: $774,176,600 (Worldwide)