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Awesome Guardians of the Galaxy trailer breakdown from director James Gunn

Feb. 19, 2014by:

So how many times have you watched the trailer for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY? Probably more times than you'd like to admit, but it's kind of hard not to be excited for director James Gunn's new film. You might want to watch it just one more time though after checking out Gunn's excellent trailer breakdown he did for Total Film.

In his trailer breakdown James Gunn gives us a ton of information about GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, including one small plot detail, and when we might be able to see the next trailer. There's a lot, so let's get right to it.

James Gunn on which movie has influenced him the most:

"There is probably no film that influenced me more as a child – no film that excited me more or that I loved more – than Raiders Of The Lost Ark. It not only influences how I see Guardians, it influences how I live my life."

On why Bradley Cooper was picked to do the voice of Rocket:

"We've recorded most of Bradley’s dialogue already. I suppose you would expect me to tell you he’s fantastic and his characterization of Rocket will blow your mind – so don’t believe me and just wait to see (or hear) it for yourself. In all truth, we hired Bradley because he’s able to do both comedy and drama – it’s the thing I look for most in the actors on all my films – and to truly sell Rocket – for you to believe a Raccoon can talk (and blow up and shoot tons of stuff) we need a well-rounded actor."

On Groot not being a bastard, unlike the rest of the Guardians:

"I love Groot so much I get teary eyed when I think of him sometimes. Essentially, all the Guardians start out the movie as bastards - except Groot. He’s an innocent. He’s a hundred percent deadly and a hundred percent sweet. He’s caught up in Rocket’s life, really."

There's no intimidating Zoe Saldana says James Gunn:

"Zoe is about as un-intimidating as you can imagine! She gets in the zone the moment that cameras start filming – but before that she’s basically her loud, brash, completely lovable and goofball self. She got it easy with the makeup – it only took about four hours to put on, whereas it took Dave Bautista and Karen Gillan six hours or more. Zoe and Karen are the two most hardass characters in the movie – they’re our Clint Eastwoods. It should take more than a few people by surprise."

About the edgy humor in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY:

"The movie has a lot of edgy humour, unusual for a comic book movie. But we were encouraged by Marvel to take risks, so we did. However, we never wanted the humor to get in the way of the fun or the emotional heart of the film – those things came first."

Star-Lord/Peter Quill's 80's walkman isn't suppose to be a joke:

"'Hooked On A Feeling' is used in the movie. That and a lot of other old songs are on Quill’s mixed tape in his Sony Walkman. It’s one of the few things he has from Earth. I don’t think of it as a joke, because it’s very dear to him. It’s the umbilical cord that connects him to earth and the home and family he lost."

The Guardians aren't the nicest people (or aliens/raccoons/etc.):

"The Guardians are criminals, essentially – a thief, two thugs, a murderer, and a maniac. They end up in prison together. When you have those personalities all in one place at one time, you can imagine a scrap or two starting pretty easily."

What was Star-Lord up to piloting that aircraft from the trailer?

"At that point in the film, Star-Lord and the gang are facing off with a fleet of Ronan’s Necrocraft. Someone’s about to go down."

James Gunn says he just had to have a shot of Nebula in the trailer:

"I knew I wanted to add some shots of Nebula, as she’s super badass."

On why we didn't see all of the characters who will appear in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY:

"It’s important to add that we left out some of our coolest characters – Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker’s Yondu, and Glenn Close’s Nova Prime – because we want to save them for the full trailer in a couple months."

In a couple of months, you say? What comes out in April? Oh yeah: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER!

On Rocket and Groot's relationship:

"There is no doubt that the cinematic pinnacle of my career is our cameras circling around a maniacal raccoon shooting a machine gun on the back of a living tree. And I say this with as much modesty as I can muster – because certainly it is not me, but the hand of God guiding us all as we make this film – but it just may be the pinnacle of cinema in general.When we shot it we were twirling around an empty space in a giant set. But I think all of us could see the raccoon and the tree in our minds. They were already starting to form. I can’t wait to share them with everyone in August."

I remember telling people about GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY when it was first announced, and they looked at me like...well, like a talking raccoon with a machine gun just walked into the room. The upcoming film looks like it's going to be all kinds of fun and ultra odd. James Gunn might be excited to share the Guardians, however most of us are definitely ready to check out Marvel's new movie.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY will be released on August 1st, 2014. Man, that's going to be a long wait.

Extra Tidbit: What are you dying to see in the next trailer? Rocket's voice? Lee Pace's Ronan the Accuser?
Source: Total Film

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7:48AM on 02/20/2014
"Zoe and Karen are the two most hardass characters in the movie Ė theyíre our Clint Eastwoods. It should take more than a few people by surprise."

Tough female characters who are tougher than the male characters? How's that going to surprise anyone in an age where tough female characters are tougher than male characters on a daily basis?
"Zoe and Karen are the two most hardass characters in the movie Ė theyíre our Clint Eastwoods. It should take more than a few people by surprise."

Tough female characters who are tougher than the male characters? How's that going to surprise anyone in an age where tough female characters are tougher than male characters on a daily basis?
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4:23AM on 02/21/2014
Enlighten us with a list of some of these tough female characters.
Enlighten us with a list of some of these tough female characters.
7:03AM on 02/21/2014
You're kidding, right? You seriously want a list of tough female characters from the last decade or two? Starting with the Buffys and the Nikitas and the Alices and the Selenes and the Rivers and the Colombianas and the Black Widows? You really want that list? The day doesn't have enough hours.
You're kidding, right? You seriously want a list of tough female characters from the last decade or two? Starting with the Buffys and the Nikitas and the Alices and the Selenes and the Rivers and the Colombianas and the Black Widows? You really want that list? The day doesn't have enough hours.
6:05AM on 02/20/2014

wow!

Alot of easily pleased kids on this site.
Alot of easily pleased kids on this site.
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9:58AM on 02/20/2014
grow up cupcake.
grow up cupcake.
6:16PM on 02/20/2014
Im not the one blowing my load over some very average trailer for a very average looking film.
Im not the one blowing my load over some very average trailer for a very average looking film.
3:38AM on 02/20/2014
Come on! Be as awesome as you look and then give us more!!!!
Come on! Be as awesome as you look and then give us more!!!!
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2:41AM on 02/20/2014

That walk man scene was suppose to be serious?

That scene felt pretty off to me the first couple of times I watched it, but now that The director said it was a serious scene, that kind of worries me about the rest of the movie. Everything else in the trailer I fucking loved though. Chris Pratt look like he's going to be a great protagonist.
That scene felt pretty off to me the first couple of times I watched it, but now that The director said it was a serious scene, that kind of worries me about the rest of the movie. Everything else in the trailer I fucking loved though. Chris Pratt look like he's going to be a great protagonist.
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4:37AM on 02/20/2014
I think he "idea" of the Walkman is serious. The scene we see in the trailer is most certainly used for comedy. Or used for comedy in the trailer. I can definitely see that scene playing straight because we haven't seen what built up to that. It's not easy to except silly situations like that as dramatic but I've been surprised more times than not where something from an outsiders perspective would seem goofy but in context with the character and plot is completely sincere.
I think he "idea" of the Walkman is serious. The scene we see in the trailer is most certainly used for comedy. Or used for comedy in the trailer. I can definitely see that scene playing straight because we haven't seen what built up to that. It's not easy to except silly situations like that as dramatic but I've been surprised more times than not where something from an outsiders perspective would seem goofy but in context with the character and plot is completely sincere.
7:35AM on 02/20/2014
Considering Starlord's history, when and how he lost everything that was dear to him, on earth, the director's comment about the 80's Walkman seems logical...
Considering Starlord's history, when and how he lost everything that was dear to him, on earth, the director's comment about the 80's Walkman seems logical...
10:39AM on 02/20/2014
That scene worked for me the first time and second time viewing the trailer. Only two times I watched it. From my understanding he was taken off planet as a kid, lost everything. That was one of the only things he had on him I assume, of course he is going to be protective and possessive of it. Fits perfectly and honestly - everyone of us would be the same way about them were we in his shoes. Having probably one or two items connecting us to our pasts and families we lost.
That scene worked for me the first time and second time viewing the trailer. Only two times I watched it. From my understanding he was taken off planet as a kid, lost everything. That was one of the only things he had on him I assume, of course he is going to be protective and possessive of it. Fits perfectly and honestly - everyone of us would be the same way about them were we in his shoes. Having probably one or two items connecting us to our pasts and families we lost.
12:26AM on 02/20/2014
the more i read and see of this the more excited i get for it cannot wait
the more i read and see of this the more excited i get for it cannot wait
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11:22PM on 02/19/2014
I'll be honest, wasn't feeling Starlord in the trailer at all, felt kindly campy, after reading this though I honestly feel better about the movie, I really hope it's as good as this guys trying to sell it!
I'll be honest, wasn't feeling Starlord in the trailer at all, felt kindly campy, after reading this though I honestly feel better about the movie, I really hope it's as good as this guys trying to sell it!
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10:56PM on 02/19/2014
this flick is going to mint money
this flick is going to mint money
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10:43PM on 02/19/2014

Definitely my most anticipated movie of Phase II besides The Avengers

Between this and Captain America, it looks like this years Marvel movies will be better than last years.
Between this and Captain America, it looks like this years Marvel movies will be better than last years.
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9:32PM on 02/19/2014

Ronin?

Didn't at one point in the trailer we got a quick side shot of Ronin pinning Drax in the air?
Didn't at one point in the trailer we got a quick side shot of Ronin pinning Drax in the air?
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9:20PM on 02/19/2014
Maybe its me, but I dont think a talking raccoon is gonna be a hard sell. For years movies has had something that talks that normally doesnt, whether its trees, lions, dogs, cats, cars, monkeys, toys, spiders (ugh), and many other things. I for one am looking forward to this movie, a blend of space sci-fi and humor is what I want to see. Since im not gonna get a sequel to the 5th Element.
Maybe its me, but I dont think a talking raccoon is gonna be a hard sell. For years movies has had something that talks that normally doesnt, whether its trees, lions, dogs, cats, cars, monkeys, toys, spiders (ugh), and many other things. I for one am looking forward to this movie, a blend of space sci-fi and humor is what I want to see. Since im not gonna get a sequel to the 5th Element.
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9:10PM on 02/19/2014
I'll be honest, I don't need another trailer (actually, August is a long way away, so I guess I do, but if this were coming out in May this trailer does the trick).
I'll be honest, I don't need another trailer (actually, August is a long way away, so I guess I do, but if this were coming out in May this trailer does the trick).
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9:08PM on 02/19/2014
I have a feeling come April/May there's going to be a HUGE advertising push for this, showing more action and more characters, particularly Rocket. If the character dynamic is anything like the comics, Rocket will be to GOTG what Hulk was to The Avengers. Really excited to see "the pinnacle of cinema in general" haha.
I have a feeling come April/May there's going to be a HUGE advertising push for this, showing more action and more characters, particularly Rocket. If the character dynamic is anything like the comics, Rocket will be to GOTG what Hulk was to The Avengers. Really excited to see "the pinnacle of cinema in general" haha.
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8:52PM on 02/19/2014
I'm pretty sure this movie will be as BIG as The Avengers.
I'm pretty sure this movie will be as BIG as The Avengers.
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8:39PM on 02/19/2014

How many times have I watched the Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer?

Enough times for my wife to say "You're watching this again?"

Seriously though, I can't say enough good things about this trailer. It just looks like an old school sci-fi movie with a fun story and good characters at it's heart. Honestly, I think when the kids of this generation look back with nostalgia to the films of their youth, this might win out over the Avengers.
Enough times for my wife to say "You're watching this again?"

Seriously though, I can't say enough good things about this trailer. It just looks like an old school sci-fi movie with a fun story and good characters at it's heart. Honestly, I think when the kids of this generation look back with nostalgia to the films of their youth, this might win out over the Avengers.
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3:37AM on 02/20/2014
I hope you're right! I would love this to become a space opera franchise!
I hope you're right! I would love this to become a space opera franchise!
3:42AM on 02/20/2014
...well a franchise within the franchise....
...well a franchise within the franchise....
8:33PM on 02/19/2014
It does feel like Indiana Jones and Star Wars with a bit of a punk rock sensibility. In other words, hell yeah. Every director says "we want this to be like Raiders" and that very rarely happens but I am really pumped for this and the tone seems just right for the material.
It does feel like Indiana Jones and Star Wars with a bit of a punk rock sensibility. In other words, hell yeah. Every director says "we want this to be like Raiders" and that very rarely happens but I am really pumped for this and the tone seems just right for the material.
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8:29PM on 02/19/2014
I really couldn't be any more excited about this film then I am right now. The trailer was amazing and the film looks fantastic. Watched the trailer three times last night and each time it was awesome.
I really couldn't be any more excited about this film then I am right now. The trailer was amazing and the film looks fantastic. Watched the trailer three times last night and each time it was awesome.
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