Monday, May 15, 2017


          Almost every bit as good as the first. It's basically about like the other one, except not totally fresh and unexpected.
          Admittedly, the story is fairly scant. Though it amounts to yet another father quest, the style of the characters and sheer presentation suffice to enthrall.
          Whereas the first one allows us to meet the disparate characters and see the formation of the unlikely group, this sequel focuses on Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, meeting his dad (excellently played by Kurt Russell).
          Among the sub-plots, Gamora (Saldana) has a part-robot sister named Nebula (Gillan) who's ticked off that their dad, Thanos, had part of Nebula's flesh removed and replaced artificially every time she lost a contest to Gamora.
          Whereas last time Rocket (voice of Cooper) rode on the shoulder of the big plant-man Groot, this time Baby Groot (voice of Diesel)--a tiny plant-guy who rocks out to Star-Lord's mix tapes with cuteness levels exceeding baskets of kittens--rides on the shoulder of the genetically-engineered weapons specialist raccoon...or monkey, or rat, or garbage panda. No one can quite tell.
          Some of the movie's scenes are tainted by inclusion in the trailer for months. A better way to draw in viewers is to not spoil scenes, but rather create an entirely separate trailer product which provides a sense of the film and enhances excitement without giving anything away. Suffice to say, there's still romantic tension between Star-Lord and Gamora as noticed by Mantis (Klementieff), whose antennae detect people's emotions and allow her to innocently reveal deep secrets.
          Meanwhile, we learn of the Sovereigns, gold-colored people of an advanced species who control human affairs from afar. Or at least try to, blissfully ignorant that their machinery produces noises sounding like Atari arcade games.
          Like Deadpool, Guardians is a post-modern twist on the Marvel superhero movie. Laid-back and irreverent, the sequel revels in the same edgy humor and ethos of coolness that sets the franchise apart from the crowd.
          Well worth settling back for more galactic action and the best easy listening soundtrack in the multiverse.

Starring Chris Pratt,
Zoe Saldana,
Dave Bautista,
Bradley Cooper,
Vin Diesel,
Pom Klementieff,
Michael Rooker,
Karen Gillan,
Kurt Russell
Directed by James Gunn
Written by James Gunn, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Runtime 136 minutes
Rated PG-13

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