Sunday, May 7, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. review

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. starts out with our merry band known as the Guardians of the Galaxy attempting to get some batteries from a monster for the gold skinned race known as The Sovereign. They're led by Ayesha played by the lovely Elizabeth Debicki. (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) Is it too much to ask Warner Brothers to make a sequel to U.N.C.L.E.? I mean check out this poster for U.N.C.L.E.
And for the next Guardians movie could we lose the gold painted skin? I mean Ms. Debicki is gorgeous in her ivory tone. Oops, sorry that could be a spoiler. Maybe, Marvel could feature her in her own superhero movie. Was I supposed to be writing about the new Guardians movie? Were there any other actors in this movie?

Anyway, Star-Lord aka Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) succeed in securing the batteries. But Rocket decides to troll the arrogant Sovereign by stealing more batteries from them. This leads the Sovereign to chase the Guardians in space. Fortunately, they are saved by a mysterious figure, Ego. (Kurt Russell) He has a big surprise for Quill in the Darth Vader vein. "Luke er... Peter, I am your father." Hey that last part is in the trailer so don't whine about a spoiler.

The main actors are all great. A special nod to Bradley Cooper as Rocket. I can't think of Rocket as a CGI character but a sentient rodent er... raccoon. Of course, Elizabeth Debicki is absolutely fabulous. I'm sorry was I talking again about Ms. Debicki?

Director and writer James Gunn turns the Guardians comic book into a movie comedy. That may annoy fans of the comics, but frankly I don't know if the books were serious. Volume 2 is a science fiction comedy with a little drama thrown in. Arthur C. Clarke, this ain't. Gunn's movie throws jokes at you with lightening speed. And for the most part it works. But not all is laughter, there are touching moments about family. The only small problem with the film is that it is a little bloated with some action scenes that go on too long.

One caveat for you young folks. Like the first Guardians, this movie heaps a generous dose of seventies -early eighties nostalgia at you. Let me explain a gag that had me laughing hard in the theater while most people didn't get the joke. The Sovereign remotely guide their fighter ships like people playing video games in an arcade. Um.... in the early eighties, we used to go to the arcades to play video games like Space Invaders, Pac-Man, etc. Anyway, the Sovereign fighter ships make eighties video game sounds Get it? Okay, I guess you have to be old.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 is one funny science fiction comedy. And it has Elizabeth Debicki. The grade is A Minus.

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