When Guardians of the Galaxy hit the theaters in 2014, I hailed it as the superhero movie Quentin Tarantino would have made because of its ultra-cool quotient. The second installment in the series however diverges from its predecessor and is laden with emotional overtones. The plot is concerned with the questions that baffled us all in the climax of the first installment :- Who is Star Lord’s father ? How was he able to hold onto the Infinity Stone ?
And it does a good job in answering them. When I think about it, I think I couldn’t have asked for a better sequel for this series. The movie delves into what makes it so much more endearing as compared to The Avengers, the emotional core of these groups of misfits. Here they are, with all their layers peeled off, completely emotionally naked before the viewer.
The character who I believe deserves a special mention is Rocket Raccoon. He may probably be one of the most original characters to have graced the silver screen in the 21st century. His cocky attitude, his pugnacious one-liners held me spell-binded. The fact that he is so darn cute doesn’t hurt as well.
The few nodus in this movie would be foremost the eagerness of James Gunn to revive the same magic and style of the prequel. Even though completely different in terms of their style, one being unabashedly cool and the other emotional, Gunn attempts to load the narrative with gags which eventually start wearing off. Also, the prequel had left a pretty high bar for the soundtrack section which in my opinion it fails to live up to except for Father & Son by Cat Stevens, which adorns a beautiful emotional ending .
To sum it, Guardians of the Galaxy – Volume 2 is a hell lot of fun, with well-fleshed out characters and a surprisingly moving story arc. It is a sequel which in more ways than one lives up to its smashing predecessor, and is a great addition to this space-western saga.
RATING : – 8 / 10
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