The fifteen movie in the Marvel cinematic universe is an entertaining fusion of action, comedy and heart-wrenching drama.
As a follow up to the funny and action-packed formation of the team in the first movie, the Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 sees the Guardians travel the universe to unravel the mystery behind Peter Quill’s parentage. And that’s essentially the plot — simple and short.
I enjoyed Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 a lot more than I thought I would. It strikes a nice balance between action, humor and drama. Whereas the first movie’s sole intention was to bring the team together, this one flushes out not just Quill, but also the other characters, including antagonists Nebula, Yondu and Mantis, a new character whose abilities adds greatly adds to the humor.
In Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, we get an understanding of why Drax is so obsessed with killing Thanos, and why Thano’s own daughter, Gamora, not only detests him, but also wants him dead.
As for Rocket Raccoon’s tough, big-guy attitude, let’s just say it all stems from a traumatizing experience that transcends animal abuse. You will definitely feel for him.
We don’t get to learn a lot about Groot, unfortunately, but what little screen time he has is entertaining and memorable.
Nebula’s bitter and destructive rivalry with sister Gamora rears its ugly head in Guadians 2, but there is a lot more complexity to their relationship that we learn about. Daddy issues, anyone?
Yondu’s backstory in connection with Quill’s is arguably the most heart-wrenching. The blue alien man has some serious depth to him and there is a very good reason why he couldn’t kill Quill in Guardians 1.
In fact, I would go as far as to say that without Yondu’s sub-plot, Guardians 2 wouldn’t have been as engagning.
Not only does Guardians 2 add more meat to each character’s lore, but it does so with sheer quality in everything — writing, acting, cinematography, etc. — and at the right amounts.
The writing, while predictable at times, is as good as in any other marvel movie, offering
The characters are portrayed masterfully, and you can connect and empathize with each one, good guy or baddie. This is a testament to the great writing and casting.
As for cinematography, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has built a reputation for and even reinvented the scope and artistry of ensemble action, but I the Guardian films are definitely the most dazzling, in my opinion.
Like the first Guardians, Guardian 2 is a swashbuckling adventure flick complete with a vibrant array of sweeping panoramas, epic action sequences, dynamic framing and composition, with a healthy serving of slapstick comedy injected throughout.
The CGI is mostly spot on, demonstrating Marvel’s mastery of the art. One CGI character especially had me fooled.
Music is another hallmark of the Guardians Of The Galaxy films, and Guardians 2 delivers in spades. While you may not agree with the song selection, you will appreciate how well they are used throughout the adventure, be it during the chaos of the opening credits, big action pieces or scene trationisons.
Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is a thoroughly enjoyable superhero movie, but I can see a few places where film and especially comic book enthusiasts will find issue.
The first deals with main crux of the story, which was Peter finding his father Ego. Many viewers will find it fairly predictable, but the writers probably couldn’t have done anything drastically original with with. I found it to be fine, but nothing special.
Speaking of Ego, avid comic book fans may scuff at his backstory deviating from the comics. The same can be said about the true relations between Quill and Yondu, and many other dissimilarities that carry over from the first movie.
This is not a major issue, however, considering that most audiences know relatively little about Star-Lord’s squad and have no basis of comparison.
Finally, there is an increase in comedy compared to Guardians 1, and it could feel at times that the movie is trying too hard with the humor. The gratuitous amount of silly gags could turn off those looking for something more dialed-backed and mature.
As funny, dramatic, action-packed and even cliche as Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is, it is really about family at the core, particularly building and repairing relationships. It tries to cement the relationships between the original characters, while adding a new one.
It delivers an action adventure that ticks nearly all the right boxes. It has a more than an adequate script, impeccable acting, great humor and great cinematography.
But in the end, it was the quirky roster of heroes (and anti-heroes) and their chemistry that sells the flick. Like it or not, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 will put a smile on your face.
It’s A Flop! The Predator Bombs At Box Office
20th Century Fox’s hopes of reviving its Predator franchise is going according to plan.
Directed by Shane Black, reboot/sequel of the iconic Predator movie grossed just $55 million at the global box office, notably lower than its $88 million budget
In North America, the film grossed $24 million compared to the $26 million analysts estimated, placing it third in the franchise after Alien vs. Predator ($38.2 million) and Predators ($24.7 million).
Things were a little bit better internationally, but $30.7 million from 72 markets isn’t much to write home about, either.
The poor results can be attributed to mixed reviews and bad word of mouth stemming from actor Steven Wilder Striegel’s registered sex offender allegations.
As things stand, Iron Man 3 will remain the only box office hit on Black’s directing C.V. f-or the foreseeable future.
Have you watched The Predator? If so, share your impressions in the comments below and let us know it’s worth the ticket of admission.
Look Out For Many Easter Eggs In Venom Movie
Easter eggs are scattered throughout this Marvel Comics adaptation.
Despite Venom’s history as one of Spider-Man’s most popular nemesis, not being in the same cinematic universe as the webs-linger leaves his movie precariously isolated in this era of interconnected blockbusters. Fortunately, even though there isn’t likely to be any acknowledgement or direct references to Spider-Man, the character has a rich history in the comic book world to draw from
Director Ruben Fleischer assured viewers, especially comic book fans, in an interview with Fandango that the Venom movie will contain a few subtle and not-so-subtle nods to the source material, stating:
“I definitely tried to pepper in Easter eggs throughout the film. Some are more obvious than others. I’m excited for fans of the comics to see the movie.”
Look no further than the third trailer (shown above) for one of the Easter eggs, which features a threat issued by Eddie Brock after merging with the Venom symbiote that was pulled straight from the pages of an Amazing Spider-Man comic book. Fleischer added:
“Even a line that’s featured in the trailer: ‘Eyes, lungs, pancreas. So many snacks, so little time,’ is directly taken from the comics. It was exciting to me that people recognized that and appreciated that.”
The new Venom movie also includes some nods to the franchise’s future, and as the first installment of Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, sows the seeds for potential spinoffs.
Keep an eye out during the post-credits sequence.
First Justice League Trailer is Entertaining, Heavy on Humor
Warner Bros. dropped a lot of great content at San Diego Comic Con, including an impressive first trailer for Wonder Woman and a teaser for the Justice League movie.
In the case of the Justice League trailer, it makes a very good impression. It’s heavy on humor between some of the world’s greatest superheroes but a little light on action, indicating a tonal difference between Justice League and Batman v Superman.
We also get a our first looks at The Flash and Cyborg in action — let us know what you think about their design…
I gotta say, after watching the trailer, I am much more optimistic about Justice League. Let’s just hope the finished movie is as entertaining.
Justice League: Part 1 is scheduled to hit theaters on November 17, 2017. It is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Mamoa, J.K. Simmons, Amber Heard, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher.