Film Analysis: Guardians of the Galaxy


This is the 10th movie in my marvel marathon. Peter quill after getting abducted from his home planet earth, peter becomes a space junkie and stumbles upon this stone that has too much power than he anticipates. He makes friends along the way of trying to sell this stone but is stolen by the infamous ronin.

Film Analysis

Film Title
Guardians of the Galaxy
Year 2014
James Gunn
Genre Action/Adventure/Comedy
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why? I would give more flirting between gamora and peter because it will give them more of a spark


1. Who is the protagonist? Star Lord
2. Who is the antagonist? Ronin
3. What is the conflict? Ronin wants to take over everyting
4. What is the theme or central, unifying concept? (summarize in one or two words) work together despite differences
5. How is the story told (linear, non-linear, with flashbacksflash-forwards, at regular intervals) Linear
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)? Peter quill finds a stone that is worth a lot of money so he tries to sell it. Little does he know that much higher people are looking for it and if they find it then its all over
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such
The soundtrack is 100% amazing and the audience had to have been head-banging to this amazing culture flashback
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions? Stylized, even though this is far away, we still have no way of knowing if this actually happened
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do costume and makeup convey character? So there are many different alien races in this film and its hard to fit them all in this little box, but one thing that signifies identity is tight red leather clothing from the ravegers
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood? darker lighting to show how dark their universe is then it gets brighter when the main villain is destroyed
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically? wide shots for action and closer shots for dialogue i noticed
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about the music? The music is the best part of this film and really makes us connect with the main character star lord and his big passion for music
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture? there aren’t really any culture or world culture problems considering that it’s in outer space
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sources.Example: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015. “With the exception of Lee Pace, whose Ronan isn’t as nasty as one might hope for a big, bad villain, the cast is well-chosen.”-James Berardinelli|reelviews July 30, 2014
15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements. Write a one-sentence description of the scene and record the time of the scene.Example: from 1:05:00 to 1:10:00.

Explain why you chose this scene.


such a great scene that shows so much of star lords personality

16. In the selected scenewrite a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
a. Screenwriting: Shows how funny star lord can be throughout the film
b. Sound Design: alien noises and tech based noises that are very cgi sounding
c. Camera Movements/Angles: wide shots to show the big cgi landscape
d. Light Setup: dark lighting to show the dark planet
e. Soundtrack/Score: come and get your love is an amazing song that fits very well in the scene just like all the other songs in this film
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film? There is none

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