Movie Review: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2" Is Full of Fun, And More Emotion Than You Might Expect
Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Kurt Russell, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan,
Pom Klementief, Sean Gunn and Sylvester Stallone with the voices of Vin Diesel
and Bradley Cooper
Screenplay James Gunn, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Directed by James Gunn
Reviewed by Patrick and Paul Gibbs
Out of Four
Marvel Studios, arguably Hollywood's most lucrative and reliable source of of razzle-dazzle popcorn entertainment, outdid themselves with Guardians of the Galaxy, breathing fresh new life into the MCU just when it was starting to get badly needed (we're thinking Thor: The Dark World here.). That sense of boldness and originality is hard to create twice. Ghostbusters and Men in Black struggled with how to recapture the sense of "I've never seen anything like that before" with their respective second chapters, and the blockbuster sci comedy has been a difficult genre for franchises. But Marvel Studios and James Gunn have come through with the spectacular follow up to their unique hit, offering us a sequel that is thrilling and funny, if not quite as fresh as the original.
The effects and design are outrageous and sumptuous, keeping with the comic book meets movie serial style of the original. Director James Gunn shoots large sections of these films using IMAX cameras, and it's frankly a mistake not to see it in that format, as it is a real feast for the eyes.
Russell and Pratt have terrific chemistry, and the de-aging effect that Marvel seems to be so fond of isB
used to it's most successful extent so far (any other actor playing a young Kurt Russell would never have worked.). It's actually hard to figure why Pratt isn't in talks for the remake of Big Trouble in Little China, the two are so similar in type.
If there is one area that truly falls short, it is the Awesomeness of "Awesome Mix Vol.2." Part of the issue is the more melancholy nature of the story, and part of it is simply the fact that so many of the bounciest songs of the era were used in the first film, but the music in this one just didn't leave us bopping in our seats. "Brandy" by Looking Glass is very nicely and meaningfully used (even if the meaning of it gets spelled out a but too directly), but otherwise we are hard pressed to name any of the songs that were in the film. This is isn't a major strike against it, but it's hard to picture this spawning a soundtrack album as popular as the original.
All in all, despite feeling a bit unfocused and overblown, this is crowd pleaser that is likely to pull in big bucks, and leaves us excited for a third installment, feeling like the true middle chapter of a trilogy. Thank heavens Gunn is signed on to Captain one more journey.
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