Monday Movie Report: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ cast backs Gunn

Cast members from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” series from Marvel are standing in support of director James Gunn. The announcement from the combined cast comes roughly a week after Disney fired him from directing the third film.

According to Variety, Disney fired Gunn when individuals brought up numerous tweets he made several years ago. Following his ousting, Gunn received support from numerous people, both in and out of Hollywood, citing that the tweets were jokes and that the director had profusely apologized years ago for the online comments.

In a statement, Gunn said his “words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative.”

Additionally, numerous commentators on film noted that at the time, Gunn was working in the exploitation film industry, known for its shock value.

One of the best discussions of the topic came on the Double Toasted show, featuring host film critic Korey Coleman and special guest movie commentator Bard Jones:

The latest news, reported by Variety, shows that the cast collectively made a statement backing up Gunn:

“We fully support James Gunn. We were all shocked by his abrupt firing last week and have intentionally waited these 10 days to respond in order to think, pray, listen and discuss. In that time, we’ve been encouraged by the outpouring of support from fans and members of the media who wish to see James reinstated as director of (Guardians of the Galaxy) Volume 3, as well as discouraged by those so easily duped into believing the many outlandish conspiracy theories surrounding him.”

The statement continued as follows, according to Variety:

“His story isn’t over – not by a long shot. There is little due process in the court of public opinion. James is likely not the last good person to be put on trial. Given the growing political divide in this country, it’s safe to say instances like this will continue, although we hope Americans from across the political spectrum can ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponizing mob mentality.”

Variety writes that the statement was signed by Chris Pratt (Peter Quill), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Draz), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Vin Diesel (Groot), Sean Gunn (Kraglin), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Michael Rooker (Yondu) and Karen Gillan (Nebula).
Production is scheduled to start in early 2019.


At the box office this weekend, it was the sixth installment of the spy series “Mission: Impossible” earning the top spot. The picture grossed $61.5 million for its opening weekend, beating the previous top weekend for the series set by Mission: Impossible II in 2000 with $57.8 million.

The full top five from the weekend was:
1. Mission: Impossible Fallout – $61,500,000
2. Mamma Mia! 2 – $15,000,000
3. The Equalizer 2 – $14,000,000
4. Hotel Transylvania 3 – $12,305,000
5. Teen Titans Go to the Movies – $10,510,000

For the upcoming weekend, new releases include the family film “Christopher Robin,” the young adult sci-fi flick “The Darkest Minds” and a comedy with “The Spy who Dumped me.”

Meanwhile, on the small screen, movies available for rent or purchase include:

  • Ready Player One, my rating: 2.5 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.78 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73%.
  • Overboard, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 26%.
  • The Miracle Season, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 47%
  • Tully, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.5 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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