Magazine article Variety

Unchaining Big Dreams

Magazine article Variety

Unchaining Big Dreams

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Unchaining Big Dreams James Gunn gets the tech tools to realize his vision By Jenelle Riley

WITH THE SMASH HIT "Guardians of the Galaxy," James Gunn directed perhaps the most visually arresting movie of the year. In addition to "Guardians'" outer-space setting and ambitious action sequences, he managed to make audiences believe in both a talking raccoon and lovable tree creature.

But "Guardians" isn't merely eye candy - at the heart of the film is a story about a group of misfits working together, with a smart screenplay by Gunn and Nicole Perlman.

And Gunn says story always comes first.

"You need to make sure that technology is there to enhance the story and excitement," he says. "And if technology does that, it's great. If it overshadows it, it's not so great."

This mandate applied to bringing Rocket, the gun-toting raccoon, and Groot, the childlike tree creature, to life. "I have a very strange attachment to Rocket and Groot. I love them as if they were my children. And I created them in that respect, to really be fully characters who have many dimensions," he says. …

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