STARRING: CHRIS PRATT, ZOE SALDANA, DAVE BAUTISTA, BRADLEY COOPER, MICAEL ROOKER, KAREN GILLAN, KURT RUSSEL, SYLVESTER STALLONE
DIRECTOR: JAMES GUNN
Who would have thought that when Marvel was scraping down it’s very bottom barrel to find something of value, they would surprise us with such an unlikely team of heroes. And that it would become one of the most anticipated film of the Marvel universe. With Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 2, Gunn becomes even more bolder and bring more of his own style to the film and rids Marvel from the curse of the sequel.
Marvel has reached a position where it can experiment with its storytelling and characters and take greater risk. And what better film than this with a range of literally colorful characters with different shades and tones to experiment with. You can clearly see the shift Marvel is trying to make entering Phase III of the Marvel Universe with Dr. Strange and now GOG 2. From the very first scene the film springs up a surprise and you know things are going to be different.
The introduction sequence sets the stage for the film beautifully. The uniquely done action sequence makes it amply clear that this film is more about the characters. There will be no one dimensional characters just to drive action and the characters will drive the film. There is quite a lot of action but it is only there because it is required. The film does not look for excuses to force in a big scale action sequence. Gunn has attempted to tell a story and it would easily be one of the most emotional films in the quiver of Marvel.
The biggest strength of the movie is its interesting titular group of characters. They are just so much to be around that there is hardly anything else you would look in the movie and yet there is so much more for the film to offer. It is brilliantly funny and the dialogues just work every time with punch a minute. The interaction between the team and their sweet natured bickering is the mainstay of the film. The film also introduces new characters with aplomb and each one of them are as appealing as the characters from the first film.
The plot is interesting too. You get to know a lot more about the characters and their past and that makes you more engrossed in the film because you want to know more about them. It is one of those unique superhero films where all the characters even the secondary ones are given proper arc. That is the brilliance of the writing. Even the menial characters are not cardboard and have a purpose in the universe. And of course, the progeny of Quill is the backbone of the film which is nicely resolved. The negative character too here is so much better than the usual one toned villains and makes for an interesting watch. Each character has their sub plot running and most of them are done justice too. Yodu is given a lot more footage this time around it is incredibly touching to see his and Quill’s relation grow. The bonding of the team again feels a bit repetitive but they are so much fun together that it really does not matter.
The film once again boasts of a visually mesmerizing backdrop. Much like the first film the different planets and their details are done perfectly and add to the allure of the film. Each planet has its own flavor and gives variety to the film. There are some times the CGI does get a bit over the top but there the expert writing of Gunn saves the day. The way he balances the emotions and instills humor to the scenes is just amazing. However, there are parts of the film where the screenplay starts to stall and your attention waver for a tad bit especially at the planet of Ego. The characters are so much fun together that the fun automatically recedes when they are not together. The writing could have pulled together in these parts. The climax also could have been slightly better and feels stretched out but is still serviceable and the emotional quotient works well. The end credits are fun to watch.
The team is at their usual best and the actors do a splendid job in their characters and their chemistry is beautiful. Dave Bautista gets one of the best dialogues in the film and he brings the house down. Pratt’s comic timing is impeccable as usual. Bradley Cooper rocks as Rocket and is so much fun. Groot has to be one of the most lovable character in any film in the recent times and you just want more of him. Rooker as Yondu is class apart and breakout star of the film. Kurt Russel is enigmatic as Quill’s father. Stallone rocks the look and he may not have much to do in this film but looking forward to him playing a greater part in the next installment or perhaps a film of his own. He would totally hit it out of the park.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is every bit as awesome as its awesome soundtrack selection. It is in a league of its own and its own unique voice which is supremely enjoyable. GOG was my favorite superhero film of the recent times and the team does it yet again.