Best: Unexpected heart
The combination of James Gunn, Chris Pratt, John C. Reilly and, well, Rocket Raccoon was a pretty good indication that "Guardians" would be a very funny movie. The trailers also did an excellent job communicating that Marvel was not skimping on the space age action either. What was completely unexpected was the legitimate emotion Gunn and co-screenwriter Nicole Perlman brought to the proceedings. A lot of credit has to go to the amazing CG animators who worked on Groot, but Gunn deserves major kudos as well. No one expected to be a little verklempt with this one did they?
- Gregory Ellwood