Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review: Fails To Dance Like The Prequel

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 takes place three months after the first movie. Will they be able to stop the world from getting destroyed again?

Insight:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 takes place three months after the first movie. Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Baby Groot are hired by the leader of a sovereign race to protect their batteries from an inter-dimensional monster in exchange for Nebula, Gamora’s sister. Later, Rocket steals the batteries and the Sovereign attacks their ship. Saved by a mysterious man, who reveals himself as Ego, Quill’s father, he invites Quill to his planet. Quill, along with Gamora and Drax accompany him, while Rocket and Groot remain behind to repair the ship and look after Gamora. Yondu is hired to capture the guardians, but a mutiny leaves him as prisoner along with Rocket and Groot. Rocket, Yondu and Groot escape and go to Ego’s planet, where Quill and the team gets to know about the evil intentions of Ego. Will they be able to stop him from destroying the entire world?

 

Buzz:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Before Kurt Russell, Matthew McConaughey was considered for the role of Ego. It is the first movie to be shot in 8K. The prop team had to make six cassette decks and Sony walkman headphones from scratch as they couldn’t find any unbroken ones for filming. David Bowie was also slated to appear in a cameo role in the movie before his death in January 2016. Chris Pratt revealed that the movie’s story helped him to cope up with the death of his father. The movie features 5 mid and post-credit scenes.  

 

What To Anticipate:

Marvel has had a bad record of their sequels not doing as well as the original movies (Iron Man 2, Thor: The Dark World even The Avengers: Age of Ultron missed its chips as compared to the first one). Big on budget and big on VFX effects, does Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2 break the curse of the sequels? Well, it definitely tries, but not so much.

 

With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, exploring the whole idea around Peter Quill’s father takes us on a journey that explores the hidden characteristics of the other guardians. With the first part having dealt with Drax, it’s Rocket, Yandu and Gamora’s character that have been delved into. At the same time, the whole idea of bringing Guardians into the big upcoming Avengers movie left James Gunn (screenplay) with not much of a choice but to deal around with the movie in such a way that it somehow leads a path towards that.

 

James Gunn has to be applauded for his work as a director but the same cannot be said for his role as the screenplay writer. Well-timed punch-lines and jokes with casual subtle emotional discoveries like exploring the relationship between Peter Quill and Yandu and between Gamora and Nebula does find their way through, to rise above a script that seems to falter at places. The whole notion of a father serving as the ultimate villain seems like a premature story that could have been explored in the later parts. May be it was the failure of introducing a new villain (The Avengers 2) and the really good reception of Civil War, which explored the relationships between the superheroes that the director tried to go with the latter.

 

Unlike the first part, there is not so much of an on-screen action, for most of it runs in the background, but at the same time, who didn’t love Baby Groot dancing as his fellow guardians fight an inter-dimensional monster. Yandu struggling with his paternal love, Rocket juggling between puns and emotional relief (you’ll love him), Gamora coming to terms with his sister-Nebula, Peter, trying to understand his father, Baby Groot being cute all the time and Drax, troubled with metaphors – that’s the whole movie for you with the subplots inserted in between, like family (consistently harped upon, as if it were Fast and Furious), some really amazing visuals and ultra-effects and yes, saving the galaxy, because they are Guardians of the Galaxy.

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