Am I the last person on the internet to have seen this film this late? I guess so. Well, that wouldn’t be half as bad as not having seen this film at all because it is a whole lot of fun. “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a fun and disposable fare which got immense appreciation and rocked at the box office. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that it did everything that a “Guardians of the Galaxy” film could ever think of doing let alone achieve it. So when you have a precedence of that order the only thing left for you to do is just take that stuff and make it as big as you can. That’s exactly what director James Gunn does with its sequel and he does a pretty good job.
The Guardians of the Galaxy led by Peter Quill aka Star Lord (Chris Pratt) face off against a marauding gang of aliens who look like Oscar trophies and whose ships attack in a manner reminiscent of Galaga, the famous arched video game. Hell! They even recreate the sounds of Galaga. The Guardians have a narrow escape and end up on a secluded planet, thanks to a man who rode on top of a ship without a space suit and single-handedly finished off all the ships owned by the Oscar-lookalikes. This man arrives at their safe heaven and introduces himself as Quill’s father Ego (Kurt Russel).
He offers Peter to take him to his planet and give him a peek into what his father is. Quill, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista) make their way to this strange planet. Yondu (Michael Rooker) is contacted by the queen Ayesha of the Oscar look-alike aliens to bring back Peter Quill and his team to her. Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot stay on and repair the damaged ship at their safe sanctuary where they are attacked by Yondu and his men eventually. While Quill tries to understand his father and his great plans for him, the other members of the team make important discoveries of their own leading up to a fitting finale.
This is a great looking film with one of the best 3D that I have seen in recent times. The nature of the content of this film really helps the 3D as many objects have the luxury of popping out of the screen. It’s not something that is intentionally done but feels extremely organic coupled with the visuals on hand. I just loved the extensive color palate that they used in this film. I have always had an issue with the bland coloring that the Marvel films go for. I mean! they are based on comic books right? In comic books, the characters leap out of the pages through their actions and color more than anything else. That doesn’t seem to be the case with the marvel films, the latest example being Captain America : Civil War. Thankfully, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is brimming with vivid colors and plush visuals. That alone merit a view for the film. I was enthralled by the planet of Ego that is not only colorful but has a great bit of depth to its visual.
As was the case with its previous installment, this film too is extremely fast. They never waste a single second jumping from one action sequence to another or from one comic moment to another. The screenplay is relentless and no matter who is on screen, the director ensures that you are having a good time. I say this because the Nebula – Gamora track adds nothing to the story apart from giving us a peek into what a “piece of shit” Thanos is which I believe will assume some importance as we get into the Infinity wars arc. However, even their sequences are well designed and peppered with so much of jaw-dropping action that you will never feel bored of it. Yondu is given a lot of screen time and I would not have liked it had he not been such a superb character. He had little to do in the first installment, but here he has a large portion of the film to himself and he doesn’t disappoint.
There has been a lot of talk about baby Groot and I must tell you that he is adorable. He is so so cute that you can drool over him. I wish he never grows up. His stupidity and innocence are milked to the last bit and the sequence where he is asked to bring in the head gear of Yondu and he constantly keeps making mistakes is one of the most hilarious scenes of the film. The climatic run with the bomb is no less fun. There are numerous similar scene that are spread over the runtime of the film which I believe you will love. Kurt Russel plays Chris Pratt’s father and the sentient Ego. He is a charming devil as we all know him to be and he does great in his act. What I loved, even more, was the fact that he was conscious of the role that he was playing and at multiple times he played his part pretty low key so as to get a grip of the character that he was embodying.
Pratt, Saldana, and Bautista are all top notch in their roles. However, it must be mentioned that Saldana has very little to do and that I believe was the reason that demanded the inclusion of the character of Nebula to give her something to do. Drax is hilarious in an odd sort of way and we have come to love that. Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket adds character to a CGI creature and that’s no mean feat.
Overall, people who loved the first installment of Guardians of the Galaxy will also love this film. It has all the same elements and on the positive side, those elements are amped up for a greater viewing experience. The characters retain their charm and the ones who are added new are not bad either. The film is fast and racy and that only goes on to increase the fun. Fans of the first installment should watch this one for sure. Even if you haven’t seen the first installment, you may still watch this one as a standalone film even though you might have to do a little bit of catching up on certain facts to enjoy the film completely.
Rating : 4/5 (4 out of 5 Stars)