It’s no secret that comic book movies are the new hit theme for Hollywood. Comic books and movies are like peanut butter on bread. Delicious and tasty, but not for everyone, and it’s understandable. Most viewers are die-hard readers and fans familiar with the lore and history of the source material, there’s no shock there. It’s also no secret that Marvel Studios has been releasing two to three new films each year, and “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” is Marvel’s latest film in their ever-growing cinematic universe. If I could describe this movie, it’d be in just two words: Outrageously entertaining.
Marvel’s latest blockbuster once again comes with a cast of colorful characters. The title team consists of Peter Quill, or Star-Lord as he prefers, played by Chris Pratt. Alongside him is the lovely, yet lethal, Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana. Then there’s Drax, the muscle of the group, played by Dave Bautista. Acting as the tech and gun expert is Rocket, a wise-cracking raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. The fourth and final member of the Guardians is Baby Groot, a humanoid tree that can only say, “I am Groot,” voiced by Vin Diesel. Take a moment to digest that.
Adding to the roster is Michael Rooker, who costars as Yondu, the leader of the Ravagers and Star-Lord’s original boss. Sylvester Stallone also makes a brief cameo as Stakar Ogord. Last, but not least, is Kurt Russell who joins the cast in quite literally his biggest role yet, as Ego the Living Planet. No, that wasn’t a typo. Remember, it’s a movie based on comic books written in the 60s.
The story follows the Guardians of the Galaxy as they undertake a job that eventually goes south, which leads to a deadly chase through space. Their ship unfortunately crash-lands on an unknown planet, until the team is rescued by an odd man who claims to be Star-Lord’s father. While Rocket and Groot stay behind to repair the ship, the rest of the crew depart with Peter’s father to learn about his true origins on a planet simply titled: Ego. While the planet is lush and beautiful, the characters come to learn of the dark secret buried beneath the surface that threatens not only their lives, but the lives of everyone in the galaxy. And who better to save the galaxy, then the very team named Guardians of the Galaxy? Mysteries will be unveiled, lessons will be learned, and a number of cheesy references from the 80s and 90s will be made.
Make no mistake, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” is insane when you stop and think about it, but then again, the same could be said about most sci-fi films. It’s only when the film has so much goodto balance out the bad, that I’m willing to let the insanity slide, and this film not only passes, it passes with a solid A. While the film has its dark and touching scenes at times, it’s a film that’s not afraid to make fun of itself, giving the film a glorious balance between action and comedy. In one scene, you’ll be laughing your head off at the banter, while in another, you’ll be blown away by the nonstop action.
It’s like “Alice in Wonderland” meets “Star Wars.” It’s insane and ludicrous, but so fun and enjoyable that you’ll forget that two of the main characters are a talking raccoon and tree. Speaking of “Star Wars,” if there’s another aspect “Guardians of the Galaxy” shares with the classic franchise, is its use of special effects. The whole film takes place in space, so nearly every shot uses sets and effects. From the scenes of spaceships zooming across the open stars, to the dark confines of a foreign planet. However, it all blends so seamlessly together that it’s breathtaking.
If well-animated effects, colorful characters, and absurd story aren’t enough to catch your attention, then its soundtrack will catch your ears. No, I’m not talking about its original score, well made as it is, I’m talking about its licensed music. If there’s one theme that separates “Guardians of the Galaxy” from other superhero films, it’s their love of classic music. The movie features an array of classic songs from bands like Looking Glass, Fleetwood
Mac, Cheap Trick, Cat
Stevens, and others.
“Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action/ violence, language, and brief suggestive content. Rating or not, this movie has everything a movie lover could want. Action, comedy, and top notch effects. Even if you’re not a fan of Marvel or Superhero Movies in general, the film’s sense of humor, action, and licensed music is enough to make it a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone. Plus, the movie is worth seeing just so you can earn the right to say: “I just saw a movie where Chris Pratt, an attractive green alien, a muscular alien warrior, a baby tree, and a talking raccoon, fight a giant planet.” The final score for “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” is a solid 8.5 out of 10.
Marco Island resident and avid moviegoer, Matthew Mendisana is a Lynn University alumnus. While he possesses a bachelor’s degree in science, it’s the arts that attracted his attention. In his four years at Lynn, Matthew managed to achieve Magna Cum Laude status, earn three publications in the Lynn University magazine, make a short documentary featured in the university’s Film Festival, and created a radio PSA that was later broadcasted overseas.