Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017): WE ARE GROOT!

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When I first saw Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, I see it as an ease after bloated and heavy superheroes era of Marvel (except Iron Man series). An orphan boy raised and being disciple of the universe, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), is teamed up by destiny with Thanos’ fierce daughter Gamora (Zoe Saldana), broken-hearted Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), a savage raccoon made on laboratory Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and a moving tree that must take inspiration from Tolkien’s Ent Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). Quill and his team were both entertaining with their humorous actions and much explosions, and the music mix somehow completes the whole movie into a fresh and adorable superhero movie.

Then Marvel realizes that this fresh and adorable movie has potential to be a new franchise that can help building the background before creating the battle of the universe on Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and of course, generating some more cash. So they created Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (to be coherent with the music mix that always accompanies Quill through his Walkman) with a little additional emotion and Star Wars theme of family issues through galaxies. 

While the guardians are being chased by the Sovereign ships after Rocket steals their Annular Batteries, they are helped by a man named Ego (who could be fitter to be a sexy daddy other than Kurt Russell? Oh maybe Sylvester Stallone could be a candidate too since he is also a cameo here). Quill learns that Ego is actually his father, a celestial thingy that wandered across the universe to “seek life”, fell in love with Quill’s mother. This movie is quite easy to be guessed, as it runs well with Gamora’s feeling. When Gamora suddenly feels that there’s something wrong with Ego, we have no other option but to agree with her. Besides, a deity named Ego sounds more like a villain rather than a graceful god.

Meanwhile, the Sovereign’s High Priestess Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) hires Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker) to find the guardians and take the batteries. Yondu’s Ravagers find Rocket, Baby Groot and Nebula (Karen Gillan), Gamora’s sister, and abduct them. A little coup within Yondu’s Ravagers by the heavily salivating Taserface (Chris Sullivan) teams up Yondu and Rocket, and creates the most enjoyable scenes of the movie when Baby Groot adorably tries to help. From Yondu too, Rocket realizes that Ego is a bad guy, and the music starts again, and they escape the ship trying to reach Quill and the others by doing more than 700 leaps that make their face looks like old Looney Tunes cartoons.

On Ego’s planet, Quill has learned that Ego killed his mother by putting tumor on her brain and Ego is trying to create the world of his own by activating all the seeds he planted on many planets he visited (and mating and having children) using Quill’s energy. Ego’s servant Mantis (Pom Klementieff) tells Gamora, Nebula and Drax that this is not the first time Ego tries to activate the seeds by using his children as batteries. This is where we’ve lost the feeling we got on the first Guardians movie. We lost the fun. The music stays on, there’s still explosions everywhere and the humors is still giving us grimace, but somehow the fun is lost. We know that the grand theme of this Guardians movie is about family, but we don’t need more “I am your Father!” scenes without the idea of “father and son ruling together”. The Gamora-Nebula relationship is somehow weirder that we can even see Gamora looks like a girl on her period who yells at literally everything and Nebula feels more soften within her steady built. 

The best thing in this movie is still Baby Groot. His cute built and adorable innocent really feel like he is just a little child among those adult guardians. His round innocent eyes, cute dances, until his wave that can soften Gamora to say “Hi” really stole the show, and even funnier than every humors in this movie told by the “really speaking actors”.

This movie is rated PG-13 for its sarcastic humors so be careful to bring your children watching this. And please don’t leave your seat before the Marvel logo appears. There were 5 after-credit scenes. I give this movie 8.7/10. 0.7 points are from Baby Groot himself haha.

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