Visual Effects - Stephane Ceretti, Nicolar Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
It is hard to describe how much I loved Guardians of the Galaxy. As I've shared, I'm a bit of a Marvel and superhero groupie, and the easter eggs in this film were a bit delicious. But this was one film that I loved enough to see it twice in the theatre. It's a great bit of fun.
The plot of the film follows Peter Quill, aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt), a scavenger of planets who finds valuable objects and sells them to a pawn dealer. He steals a valuable orb, and is then pursued by a former business partner and the dark and evil Ronan the accuser. Meanwhile, two bounty hunters, Rocket, a raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper, and Groot, a tree-ish character voiced by Vin Diesel, are doing their best to capture Quill for money. They, and Star Lord, get arrested with a green beauty named Gamora who is also trying to get the orb to keep the earth safe. In jail, they meet up and join forces with the very powerful Drax, who is seeking revenge for the deaths of his wife and child. The movie is the best example of the genre being action-packed, imaginative, and also hilarious, with all the snappy repartee one would expect of a film starring Chris Pratt and a talking raccoon.
The makeup transforms some of the characters so thoroughly that they are unrecognizable as humans. Somehow, turning Zoe Saldana green makes her even more beautiful, which is why we can never be best friends. (Zoe, call me! We can work it out!) The work is certainly expected in the context of a Marvel movie that takes place in alien settings, but even Glenn Close whose character is basically human, is transformed with her hair and makeup.
Finally, the visual effects were remarkable. There is no question that in making a movie like this, the bar is set very high because the limits of what can be done are left only to the visual effects folks' imaginations. What makes the effects so spectacular is that they are not limited to explosions (though there are plenty of those), but they are at once visually stunning and often, unbelievably beautiful to watch. I have to guess that Guardians of the Galaxy is a contender for the big prize.
Watch the trailer here: