The big-screen comic book craze is certainly not showing any signs of dying down, but of the last few years, none has quite sent it into such a spin as James Gunn’s 2014 blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy.
This sequel, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” was practically a cat in the bag in terms of being made, and the fans of the first one have certainly been waiting for it, especially me.
This sequel delves further into the back story of Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt), the young boy abducted from Earth by Yondu (Michael Rooker) after his mother succumbed to cancer.
Here, he is re-united with his father (Kurt Russell), who disappeared from his life and became the inter-galactic warrior, Ego, who inhabits his own corner of the universe.
His son, meanwhile, continues to be known as Star-Lord and, as he and his ragtag misfit friends, including Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket the Racoon and Baby Groot go about their missions, they uncover a sinister truth that could tear them all apart.
It pretty much repeats the formula of the first film to a thoughtful effect, and with Gunn back at the helm, it delivers in terms of laughs, camaraderie and visual effects. It is all on a bigger, grander scale and this is visually impressive and aesthetically stimulating.
Vol. 2 is everything I had hoped it would be and more. To say this movie is tremendous is a bit of an understatement. Its action-packed fantasy and exploration of fun is sky high at all times.
The sound track is pure perfection for the generation of the ‘70s. The first scene is done sans dialog and choreographed to ELO’s marvelous, Mr. Blue Sky. Cameo’s by some old favorites like Sylvester Stallone, David Hasselhof and even Howard The Duck add to the giggle factor.
One thing that I liked in this film is that it is deeper than the first and has an emotional tone, something that we rarely see in superhero films. It shows the real meaning of family and friendship and emphasizes on teamwork and sacrifice. It moves the audience to tears just after a good belly laugh.
There is a statement in the closing credits: “No raccoon or tree creatures were harmed during the making of this movie. However the same cannot be said for the handlers of the raccoon and tree creatures.”
The visual effects are absolutely delightful, colorful, fantastic and fun. The action is superb and the choreography and cinematography is brilliant. From beginning to end you’re hooked. One thing I didn’t expect was for this one to surpass the first movie, but it honestly tops it, even though the first one is absolutely brilliant.
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