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Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy VOL. 2
银河守护者 2

Opening Date
27 Apr 2017
PG13 Some Violence
136 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
Action, Adventure
James Gunn
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
By Freddy  26 Apr 2017
‘Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ is a good sequel, but the space opera seems to be finding its footing in the universe.
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My anticipation of ‘Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ has been a mixed bag of emotions. The predecessor was an acclaimed financial success with a platinum-certified album. But most of its charm comes from being unique and unprecedented. It was cheesy, funny, and crass, unlike anything we had seen before. When a sequel comes along, it is difficult to replicate that first encounter. Nothing can come close to seeing this group of ragtags reluctantly join forces to save the galaxy, but that can only happen once.

Sequels are often cursed, but Vol. 2 gets a lot of things right. A light-hearted soundtrack filled with 70’s tunes still dominate the soundscape. The team’s globe-trotting adventure goes to less planets this time, but the audience still gets to see colourful landscapes. The amount of CGI space adventure and adrenaline-pumping action is still there. James Gunn decides decided to lean on the strengths of the first film, sometimes too heavily, such as the appeal of Groot (now in a more adorable form and size) and the humour of how literal Drax can be. The formula of the first film was experimental and Gunn makes clear attempts to perfect it.

In many ways, Vol. 2 learns from the mistakes of its predecessor. If Ronan the Accuser was a bland, flat villain, this film introduces a complex one with a unique history and interesting motivation. Gone is the cheesy ending in which the team saves the universe by holding hands. Instead, the resolution delivers a solid emotional heft that makes Groot’s sacrifice pale in comparison. The jokes are still there although some might not land as well as the first. Yet something does not feel quite right throughout.

The heart of the film is the friendship between the five Guardians. The film loses its bearing when it decides to split the team for most of its duration. Soon after the opening credits, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista) joined Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) to follow his father, Ego (Kurt Russell) and his assistant Mantis (Pom Klementieff). Rocket (Bradley Cooper) is left behind to fix the Milano while babysitting Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) and keeping watch of the captive Nebula (Karen Gillan). The split makes sense due to the bloat of returning and new, interesting characters, but it might do more harm than good.

Despite the increasing headcount, Gunn succeeds in ensuring that each one has a solid story to chew on with a clear contribution to the team. Family is the overarching theme of most of the plots and subplots in this film. The most obvious ones would be Quill and Ego. Gamora and Nebula’s sibling rivalry continues and evolves from the first film. Of course, the Guardians themselves can be considered a family of some sort. Different forms of family relationships are explored through nearly every main character. The blossoming relationship between Quill and Gamora is still addressed, but it is refreshing to see romance taking a backseat.

The acting of the returning characters need not be doubted, although credits should be given to Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, and Michael Rooker as Yondu for their increasingly complex characterisations. The newcomers fit like a glove. Pom Klementieff portrays Mantis with a refreshing childlike innocence and obliviousness that gels well with Drax. Elizabeth Debicki delights as Ayesha, the High Priestess of the golden but rather silly Sovereign people. Chris Sullivan and Sylvester Stallone seem like they are having fun with their roles as Taserface and Stakar Ogord. Last but not least, Kurt Russell’s performance as Ego is fantastic.

Overall, ‘Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ is a good sequel, but the space opera seems to be finding its footing in the universe. Fans of the predecessor should still watch this film as it is an enjoyable romp while expanding the galaxy with new planets and characters while deepening our understanding into the psyche of each team member. By the way, stay back all the way to the end of the credits because there are plenty of scenes to enjoy.
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