Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Cinema Review)

12A – 136mins – 2017 – 3D


 

STILL HOOKED ON A FEELING

Formerly feared to be comic and movie franchise giants Marvel’s unknown quantity, James The Belko Experiment Gunn’s 2014 mega-hit established that even lesser known superheroes can find adoration, form meme-worthy catchphrases (“I am Groot!”) and sell retro-flavoured mixtapes by the bucket-load.

With Gunn back at the helm for this highly anticipated sequel, could Peter Quill (Chris Passengers Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Star Trek Beyond Saldana), Drax (Dave Kickboxer: Vengeance Bautista), Rocket (Bradley War Dogs Cooper) and Groot (Vin The Fate of the Furious Diesel) – collectively known as the Guardians of the Galaxy – strike gold for a second time with their infectious blend of ballsy banter, blistering action and killer choonz?

I’ll be honest, as Vol. 2 kicked off with a large-scale battle against an interdimensional… thing, I was a little worried. Although undeniable impressive, the camerawork was needlessly kinetic and showy, the zingers seemed ramped up to eleven and the now established characters seemed exaggerated. I swear, if I heard Drax laugh tactlessly loudly one more time, I was going to scream! The entire opening, perhaps stretching to the first 45minutes, just seemed dangerously close to being unbearably… smug.

However, there is a turning point where, okay, things don’t get “serious,” but Gunn finds a far more harmonious balance between action, japery and emotive storytelling. As strong-willed Gamora duels with her estranged and vicious sis, Nebula (Karen Gillan), Yondu (Michael Rooker) is given a second chance to redeem his sullied name and the man they call Star Lord is finally reunited with his father (Kurt Russell), GotGv2 finds it groove.

Image result for guardians of the galaxy vol. 2 posterThe gut-punch reaction I felt at the surprisingly tender finale confirms how much of a marked improvement Vol. 2 makes over the course of its 136min cosmic voyage. I cared about these characters, whether good, bad, redeemed or disgraced, and when a blockbuster is this good, even FIVE end credits sequences don’t feel like overkill.

CR@B’s Claw Score: 4 stars

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