“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” Review

28 April, 2017

Director: James Gunn
Screenwriter: James Gunn
Director of Photography: Henry Braham
Cast: 
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

Synopsis: Old foes attempt to make amends as Marvel’s legendary superhero squad Guardians of the Galaxy return with an action-packed sequel in which heroes and villains unite while Peter Quill connects with his long-lost father who unleashes his true Celestial powers.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Review:

A film of infinite possibility but one with a persistent need to be crass and irritating, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is a rough sequel from Marvel Studios who reveal a familiar set of characters as they prepare to mass produce more Star-Lord action figures and Baby Groot bobble heads. Marketed on the likeability of the miniature sapling but relying far too much on his presence, the film unsurprisingly milks the cuteness of a dewy-eyed Baby Groot whose computer-generated charm distracts in times of chaos while James Gunn gets to work destroying far too many brain cells within the minds of his unwitting audience.

Written for buffoons with a terrible sense of humour, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” out-cringes its predecessor as record scratches and slapstick inserts interrupt the flow of the movie, leaving popcorn-spluttering fanboys howling in their seats while those who hoped for something of more substance groan in despair. Emphasising the comedy yet never once constructing a decent joke, James Gunn consults his “Scooby-Doo” humour bank as his desire to convey the lack of intelligence possessed by his heroes leads the film down a bumpy path, even interrupting characters as straight-faced as Mantis to Nebula in their most consequential and underscored moments.

Constructing a film fit for Marvel Studios but one that neither Fox nor DC would show much keenness for, Gunn leaves gloominess at the door as bright colours and mixtape hits reflect a comic book style that quickly becomes irritating for those unswayed by the film’s pause-for-laugh moments. Ensuring that the action feels as mind-numbing as the character development, Gunn delivers an insufficient follow-up to the film’s 2014 origin story, remaining in line with the standards set by Marvel but ultimately failing to recapture the power and vibrancy of his notable original.

 

   

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