One Year On From Guardians Of The Galaxy Director James Gunn Thanks Fans

Two years ago this weekend internet consensus on the Guardians Of The Galaxy film was that it was going to tank. How could Marvel take this bunch of C-list characters – including a talking raccoon and a living tree, ffs – that nobody outside their creators had heard of and create a hit? It looked corny. It looked dopey. It looked like the MCU was about to implode.

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Of  course, internet consensus is an unreliable, lumbering beast, and more wily pundits noticed a name in the credits that gave them hope: James Gunn, who’d directed the wonderfully quirky Slither and Super, and who wrote the better-than-anybody-expected Dawn Of The Dead remake. Okay, there were two Scooby-Doo movies on his scripting CV too, but hey, even they weren’t terrible. Pretty rubbish but not terrible.

Then exactly a year ago this weekend Guardians Of The Galaxy was released and the world fell in love with it. Especially the characters. It went on to make $774 million worldwide. And it made James Gunn a very happy man.

And a year on, he’s posted this message on his Facebook page:

Guardians of the galaxy groot“One year ago today, Guardians of the Galaxy opened up in the US and many places around the world. The movie massively over-performed that weekend, even by our own expectations, but what meant more to me is how much so many of you, no matter where you were from, took the story and the characters into your hearts. What meant more to me is that ‘We are Groot’ became a rallying cry for unity among friends and families. What meant more to me is that you laughed at the dumb stuff I thought you’d miss, like, ‘Cap’n’s gotta teach stuff’ and, ‘I was thinking of something else.’ What meant more to me is that in our 10th week we were out-performing any comic book film in recent history – not because of the money, but because people were going back to see the film a second, third, fourth, fifth time, or more, because they loved it. What mattered to me is that after a lifetime of telling stories and half a lifetime making movies, I felt like you and I, filmmaker and audience, were at the same place at the same time.

“It mattered to me mostly because I told a story fully with my heart, and you took it into yours. I don’t think I can ever explain how much that means to me. It makes every failure I’ve ever had well worth it.

“I get a lot of messages from people saying, ‘You made me believe in movies again.’ Well, you guys made me believe that what I spent my life doing was worth doing. And you strengthened my belief that nothing’s worth doing, if it’s not done honestly, and it’s not done with love.

“On this, the one year anniversary of the cinematic Guardians entering our solar system: thank you, thank you, thank you. We really are, truly, honestly Groot.”

Don’t you just love him!

Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 is on its way in 2017. What’s the betting when it’s released internet consensus will be a grumpy, “Not as good as the first one…”?

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