How James Gunn Turned 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Into The Coolest & Weirdest Blockbuster Of 2014

July 28, 2014 2:02 PM

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How James Gunn Turned 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Into The Coolest & Weirdest Blockbuster Of 2014

It's not necessarily reflected in ticket sales, but this summer's crop of movies has been one of the strongest in years. May brought poppy fun ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2"), thrills worthy of Steven Spielberg ("Godzilla") and outright hilarity ("Neighbors"). In June, it was time for twisty science-fiction ("Edge of Tomorrow"), more goofy laughs ("22 Jump Street") and the year's best romantic comedy ("Obvious Child"). July featured not just 2014's first true Oscar contender ("Boyhood"), but also an anti-gun polemic masquerading as a blockbuster ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"). Yet it's August that might prove to have 2014's most bizarre, cool and downright absurd release: "Guardians of the Galaxy."

The second Marvel film to grace theaters this year following "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Guardians of the Galaxy" owes more to "Star Wars," "Star Trek," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Total Recall," "The Last Starfighter" and even "Galaxy Quest" than it does to Steve Rogers or Tony Stark. S...

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