No, The Characters in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Aren’t Speaking English

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If you’re one of those left-brained people who refuses to suspend their disbelief while watching the Guardians of the Galaxy films, wondering just how and why all these aliens from distant universes speak English, director James Gunn would like a few words with you. The characters in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 aren’t speaking English at all; a voice translator is doing all the work. In a series of tweets, Gunn yet again confirmed the Guardians of the Galaxy characters don’t speak English. See the details below.

We’ve been here before. Back in 2015, someone on Twitter asked James Gunn, “[W]hy does everyone in GotG inexplicably speak English?” Gunn had a quick, simple reply to the question:

The director is referring to the scene from the first film where the Guardians, before they’ve actually become the Guardians, are in a police lineup. When Star Lord, aka Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) appears in the lineup, information about the character appears on a digital read-out. Among the data is “Translator implant in neck.”

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Well, because no one knows how to use Twitter’s search function, people have continued to ask Gunn this same question numerous times. And Gunn, good sport that he is, has taken the time (occasionally) to set the record straight. Which he just did again earlier in the week:

In other words, the translator implanted in Qull’s neck helps him translate the variety of languages he encounters as he travels through the galaxy. And just because we as an audience hear everything as English, it doesn’t mean Quill does too. So says Gunn (again, via Twitter):

This is all well and good for the Guardians films, but what about future Marvel movies? After all, Quill and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy will be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War. How will the various Avengers understand what the heck Quill and company are saying if none of them technically speak English? The real answer is: it’s a movie, try not to obsess too much over this. But of course, obsess is exactly what film fans do best, so the question remains. That’s fine, just don’t expect Infinity War to address it. Besides, Gunn again has a simple answer for all of this (via The Inverse):

“None of this is a problem. The translator implants — which all of the Guardians except Groot have — work both ways. That is, if they’re talking with someone who speaks French, they can both understand AND speak French (if French is programmed into the translators). This is a pretty simple technology by Guardians standards — just a more advanced version of Google translate — and certainly something we’re technologically closer to than, say, traveling light years.”

Gunn is certainly right on that last point. Just the other day, Google announced their “Pixel Buds” earbuds, which will apparently have the technology to translate 40 languages. “It’s an incredible application of Google Translate powered by machine learning — it’s like having a personal translator by your side,” said Google product manager Juston Payne. No word yet on if the Pixel Buds translate alien languages, though. I’m guessing no.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now on Blu-ray. Avengers: Infinity War opens May 4, 2018.

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Go Into The Story Script Reading & Analysis: “Galaxy Quest”

A 6 part series on the beloved 1999 science fiction comedy movie.

Screenplay by David Howard and Robert Gordon, story by David Howard.

IMDb plot summary: The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help.

Links to the GITS week-long discussion and analysis:

General Comments
Structure
Characters
Themes
Dialogue
TweetCast Transcript

Years ago, I came up with this mantra: Watch movies. Read scripts. Write pages. A link to my reflections on that here.

Cannot emphasize enough the importance of reading movie scripts.

For all of the other screenplays and commentary in the GITS Script Reading & Analysis series, go here.

For my 7-part series on How to Read a Screenplay, go here.

For links to over 100 free and legal script downloads, go here.


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Epcot is Getting ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Ratatouille’ Rides [D23 Expo 2017]

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As expected, several major announcements regarding the future of the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida came out of the D23 Expo. The acclaimed Ratatouille ride that opened at Disneyland Paris back in 2014 will make its North American debut in the park’s France pavilion. In even bigger news, a new Guardians of the Galaxy ride will open at the park, bringing the Marvel universe to Walt Disney World.

Neither of these announcements should come as a surprise to theme park aficionados. Both Ratatouille and Guardians of the Galaxy rides have been rumored for some time and recent construction permits all-but-confirmed that they were in the works.

Ratatouille is a natural enough fit for Epcot – after all, the park already has an area themed around France and Disney already has a ride design ready to be dropped into the land. As you can see from the concept art below, this addition will come with some extensive remodeling:

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The Guardians of the Galaxy ride (supposedly a hybrid of dark ride and roller coaster) is a bit more mysterious and the presentation did not confirm the rumors that it would take over the space occupied by the rapidly aging Universe of Energy. The only story detail we know is that a young Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) apparently visited Epcot as a kid…which means that this Marvel attraction may get very, very meta. Maybe it will tap into the nostalgia that so many Disney fans have for the park’s glory days in the ’80s?

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However, there were other major reveals. Disney announced plans to completely redesign the entrance to the park, giving the tired opening area some much needed wow factor:

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It was also revealed that Mission: Space, which has been closed for refurbishment, will re-open with a new “mission” for riders to complete. Specifics weren’t revealed, but “guests are going to blast off for an orbital adventure around the planet.” And if the ride doesn’t make you lose your lunch, you can head over the brand new restaurant being built next door, which, as you can see from the concept art below, will be an eatery that lets you dine in outer space.

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A Mixed Bag

Epcot has been approaching a crossroads for years. Theme park fans have decried how it has strayed from its original “world’s fair” mission statement, but everyone also agrees that the park is in desperate need of some tender loving care. Many of the rides are feeling creaky and much of the scenery is showings its age in a big way. Something had to happen.

The first confirmation that Epcot would be straying further from its original path came when Maelstrom, a boat tour through Norwegian myth and history, was replaced with Frozen Ever After. Disney fans decried the death of a well-liked (but let’s face it, not exactly classic) attraction…but Frozen Ever After did what it was supposed to do and gave Epcot a shot of energy. The path ahead for the park that was once focused on science and culture and learning seems to be clear: more characters, more recognizable franchises and more Disney branding.

And that’s to be expected, right? And knowing Disney’s track record, what we do get will impressive and immersive and very entertaining. Epcot will rise anew. But consider this the end of the old Epcot, the one that us old folks remember. The future is shiny and cool and yeah, a little bitter.

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VOTD: Why ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Looks So Damn Stunning

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One of the most refreshing things about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, even when compared to the first film from 2014, is the vibrant, bright color palette that spans across the entire film. This is such a colorful movie with beautiful practical and digital sets, and some of the best visual effects in a Marvel Studios project. Director James Gunn‘s visual style really shines in his cosmic corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he has the RED Weapon camera to thank for that.

After the jump, watch a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 featurette that explains how the special RED camera helped James Gunn capture the gorgeous large formatfootage you’ll see on the big screen.

As James Gunn and some of the other key behind the scenes crew members talk about shooting the movie, the high-definition footage speaks for itself. Gunn goes against the grain when it comes to the visual style of his movies, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has positively mesmerizing visuals with smooth camera movements made possible by the small size and versatility of the RED Weapon camera.

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