Gary Whitta After Watching GOTG: Thanks for Making My Job Even Harder!

Gareth Edwards & Gary Whitta

Marvel is calling their latest movie Guardians of the Galaxy – “Star Wars for a New Generation”. After watching the movie, writer (of the first Star Wars spin-off movie) Gary Whitta shared on Twitter his praise for the film as well as one concern…



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39 thoughts on “Gary Whitta After Watching GOTG: Thanks for Making My Job Even Harder!

  • August 3, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Viral what do you think of GOTG?

    • August 4, 2014 at 12:02 am

      The movie opens this Friday in my city. I’m expecting this movie from day 1. I love such Sci-Fi adventure stories with a big dose of humor. And I’m a big fan of Gunn.

      • August 4, 2014 at 5:31 am

        I am Groot.

  • August 4, 2014 at 12:56 am

    I feel dumb for asking, but what am I missing about the catheter comment?

    • August 4, 2014 at 1:05 am

      Maybe it was like hey I pissed myself, or something about flushing out the bad. I agree an odd way of describing a feel good movie? Hope I understand his Film attempt at Star Wars!!

    • August 4, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      He meant to say IV(good stuff going in). Catheter is the opposite(bad stuff going out).

  • August 4, 2014 at 1:00 am

    I hope GOTG opens Hollywoods mind. Taking changes using “new” and orginal stuff is something we want, and are willing to pay for. You hear Hollywood? We give you money if you give us new qualiy stuff!

    • August 4, 2014 at 1:11 am

      The Jedi Knights were GUARDIANS OF
      Peace and Justice in THE GALAXY.

  • August 4, 2014 at 1:10 am

    I thought this was going to be an article about Gareth Edwards. Gee whiz, if he can be a big shot director I don’t know what’s stopping me!

    • August 4, 2014 at 1:52 am


  • August 4, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Everything set in space with action and explosions is called the next generation Star Wars, so I wouldn’t be too worried.

  • August 4, 2014 at 2:30 am

    GOTG is just ok- it wasn’t amazing or anything- I would be disappointed with the new Star Wars films if they heavily resorted to pop culture references for laughs as opposed to building in thoughtful and timeless homages to film’s history much like the OT did.

    Pop Culture references will become dated super quickly and don’t really constitute good writing. Will anyone find “Kevin Bacon” funny in 50 years… Or even understand the joke? Not likely.

    OT is timeless entertainment as opposed to what the Marvel Universe has given its audience thus far.

    • August 4, 2014 at 2:45 am

      Actually, all 6 Star Wars films were crafted without the usage of pop culture references. You give the PT no credit.

      • August 4, 2014 at 5:40 am

        no doubt, the 2001 reference in ROTS is one of the only things that I like about the movie- I thought it would be easier to leave the prequels out of it though-

      • August 4, 2014 at 9:13 am

        The Pt deserves no credit. They were awful

    • August 4, 2014 at 3:08 am

      Critics say the same of Stephen King.
      His novels range 40 years and are still being reprinted.
      In one hundred years most of his works will still stand.

    • August 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      All Star Wars films are “timeless” in one sense. Like anything they can’t but helped be influenced by their time but thoughtful and timeless homages to film’s history are always a part of Star Wars. The PT is so crammed with them that someone would have to do a whole book on them.

      Lucas thinks in film terms and the density of image that the PT has doesn’t get anywhere near the appreciation it should.

      It’s funny because I note that when EIV first came out one of the chief attributes people talked about is how they couldn’t take it in and that was a positive yet when EI came out the same effect was criticized by many because they thought it was a “failure” of storytelling that the narrative wasn’t clear to them. Exact same thing going on but two different results.

  • August 4, 2014 at 2:59 am

    Wait…how is GOTG “new” and “original?”

    It’s yet another film based off of a comic.

    • August 4, 2014 at 3:18 am

      X men was ripped from DC and Jedi’s have similarities with that and dune. All make money.
      Everything is a variation on a theme, in nature and that of man.
      Walls, Tablets, Scrolls, Bibles, and Comics have a lot in common.

      • August 4, 2014 at 3:57 am

        Isn’t that what SW is about, MYTH?

  • August 4, 2014 at 3:29 am

    OK, so GOTG made the job of the writer of “Book of Eli” and “After Earth” “even harder.” I have so much faith in this guy!

    • August 4, 2014 at 5:30 am

      To be fair, he did write the video game tie-in to The Walking Dead, which has been acclaimed for its storytelling. And technically, After Earth was co-written by M. Night Shyamalan, who hasn’t really had a good track record with anything he’s been involved with after Signs.

  • August 4, 2014 at 5:27 am

    It amuses me to no end that a movie involving a gun-toting raccoon played by Bradley Cooper and a living tree played by Vin Diesel ended up making more money on opening weekend than The Amazing Spider-Man 2, not to mention being much more well-recieved. Hopefully it’ll tell Sony to pull their collective heads out of their asses and let Spider-Man show up where he belongs.

    Nonetheless, it was a good movie, well worth the risk it took to make and market. I wouldn’t call it this generation’s “Star Wars”, though – it had its own unique style.

    • August 4, 2014 at 9:17 am

      The Pt deserves no credit. They were awful

      • August 4, 2014 at 6:19 pm

        …What the drokk does the Prequel Trilogy have anything to do with my statement?

    • August 4, 2014 at 9:19 am

      I liked the first Spider-Man but the last one was bad. gotg was way better in my opinion.

    • August 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Ah c’mon. It’s the 2014. Originality has long gone. Being weird automatically makes you special.

    • August 4, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Am I the only one that really liked Amazing Spiderman 2? I love how they focused a lot more on the characters/relationships as opposed to ramming a bunch of action and crap story down our throats like Transformers. Isn’t that what we’re hoping for with Ep 7?

      • August 4, 2014 at 8:39 pm

        I felt like I could agree with your post only for the first half of the film. Though the Peter/Gwen dynamic was done very well (making the ending that much more powerful), I felt like the second half of the movie tried to cram way too much content into a short period of time (kind of like the key problem to Iron Man 2 – which I liked – but worse). The worst offender would probably have to be the Rhino’s inclusion, which felt tacked on for marketing purposes.

        Electro’s character development made absolutely no sense after his first battle with Spider-Man – he goes from a mild-mannered if eccentric geek that just wants a friend (who is then understandably afraid when he suddenly gets superpowers) to a narcissist and psychopath with very little explanation. I believe that it was a step down from the Lizard’s story arc in the first movie.

        The Green Goblin thing was disappointing, and killing off Norman Osborn after his only scene when they had implied that he was planned to be included for so much more. While Harry Osborn was handled well, his appearance as the Green Goblin felt rushed and forced. His costume looks goofy as well, since he looks more like Beavis and Butt-Head than a monster. Even the goofy mask from the original movie captured the Green Goblin better than this did.

        Also, I felt like a number of plot points were either underdeveloped or ignored for less interesting storylines. The Sinister Six storyline came out of nowhere and blatantly seems like an excuse to launch a spin-off (because if this movie wasn’t already bloated enough with villains, adding another 3-5 in a sequel probably isn’t going to go so well). Killing off Norman Osborn was the worst thing that they did, and having Harry Osborn kill Gwen Stacy doesn’t have anywhere near the same impact as a father-figure to Peter doing the deed. Mary Jane should have been included in the movie like they had planned, even though she wouldn’t be the love interest so much as a supporting character. In fact, I think it would have been better if they had saved a lot of the stuff in this movie for a third movie, which would have had the benefit of expanding the Peter/Gwen dynamic while also allowing for the Mary-Jane/Peter dynamic to take its place.

        The whole thing felt quite obvious that Sony wants to make a Spider-Man Cinematic Universe rather than give the rights back to Marvel, and if they wanted to do that to begin with they should have developed the storyline more in the original film and the sequels instead of cramming most of it into the second installment. In general, I feel like Marvel Studios would do the character a greater justice, especially considering that Spider-Man plays off of other heroes so well. At the least, Sony would benefit so much more if they worked under some kind of a partnership with Disney.

        • August 4, 2014 at 8:59 pm

          “I felt like the second half of the movie tried to cram way too much content into a short period of time”

          Agreed, reminiscent of spiderman 3

          “Electro’s character development made absolutely no sense”

          He was already extremely self-absorbed, but yeah, the way he all of a sudden had no regard for human life wasn’t very believable.

          “The Green Goblin thing was disappointing”

          I’m ok with how he was used. I like the buildup — Peter’s relationship with Harry was done well. At least he wasn’t tossed away like venom in 3.

          “In fact, I think it would have been better if they had saved a lot of the stuff in this movie for a third movie, which would have had the benefit of expanding the Peter/Gwen dynamic”

          Agreed, peter/gwen had some great chemistry on screen. Wouldn’t have minded seeing that in a third movie. My wife, who’s not a spiderman fan, enjoyed gwen and was pissed when she died.

          “In general, I feel like Marvel Studios would do the character a greater justice”

          As long as they keep Andrew Garfield. I’m sold on him. He’s great.

  • August 4, 2014 at 5:39 am

    The Matrix and Independence day had similar tag lines or critic rumblings, it helps sell a movie its all part of marketing and the similarities are obvious.

  • August 4, 2014 at 6:55 am

    I saw GOTG last night. It did remind me of Star Wars a bit in that it had witty banter that was funny and some great sci-fi space scenes and amazing make-up. But it’s more of a comedy than the Star Wars movies, Also has lot’s of pop-culture references and popular earth music. So it doesn’t feel like a completely different galaxy the way Star Wars does. It reminded more of the 5th Element than Star Wars. Definitely nothing as compelling as “the force” exists in this humorous movie… more like Galaxy Quest!

    • August 4, 2014 at 7:27 am

      They actually played this up as “Marvel’s Galaxy Quest” early on in production.

  • August 4, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I was skeptical based on the trailer, but GOTG was pretty good!

    I’ve got to say… the CGI actually looked amazing, at least as far as creatures go (some of the space battle scenes got a little wonky). That raccoon guy and the tree dude looked very convincing… if they can pull off that kind of CGI for star wars I think both practical and prequel people alike will be pleased.

    Did anyone see it in Atmos? I saw it in Atmos for the first time but was unable to actually hear the Atmos sound… I’m wondering if the theater malfunctioned or if GOTG’s atmos mastering sucked?

      • August 4, 2014 at 7:12 pm

        Dolby Atmos… it’s a new sound format that utilizes object orientation… meaning the mixers don’t have to rely on channels to place sound, I guess it’s supposed to sound like things are in a real 3D space, in all directions. (Instead of Dolby 5.1 or 7.1 which only has sound coming from the sides). Dolby Atmos uses overhead speakers to create a sphere of sound… up to 64 speakers! Based on what I’ve read I’m thinking my theater didn’t have it activated, because reviewers who’ve seen the Atmos mix said it wasn’t subtle.

        I think there’s only 100 or 200 theaters in America that do Atmos… so you have to look up which ones do it, if you live near a city chances are better you’ll be able to find Atmos. Typically it won’t say on the webiste which shows are Atmos, you actually gotta call the theater to ask. It’s sort of like how THX wasn’t enabled for a lot of theaters when Episode 1 came out… but man that THX sound was killer!

  • August 5, 2014 at 3:40 am

    In regards to what Marvel is apparently calling GOTG (Star Wars for a new generation) the maid from Family Guy had this to say: “No… No… Star Wars VII will be the Star Wars for a new generation”.

  • August 5, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Goth. Was ok at best. Don’t believe the hype.

  • August 5, 2014 at 8:28 am

    GOTG Was ok at best. Don’t believe the hype.

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