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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2  : Lets You Down With A Thud & A Turd
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Friday, May 5, 2017
Action
James Gunn
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel

The showdowns, the special effects and the showmanship are all out there in space. But what works are only the earthly bonds that keep together abunch of characters who’re now as familiar as family to the viewer.

 

The swagger and the sense of fun brims over as Peter, Gamora, Rocket and Drax beat and badger a giant squid-like alien while Baby Groot grooves and sets the tone for the second edition of a franchise that was a pleasant surprise the first time around.  

 

I wish I could say the same for director James Gunn’s repeat edition that binges on special effects but has little to keep your eyelids from drooping. I mean, how much imagination would you expect from a screenplay that names its chief villain Ego and his big revelation is that everything is about Me? Ego is our hero Peter’s father, surfacing space miles out of nowhere with a nefarious plan to rule the Universe.

 

Inside and outside the spaceship, Peter and green alien Gamora’s unspoken chemistry continues. For humour, Rocket and Drax talk of turds with Drax declaring, “I have famously huge turds.”

 

Drax getsa girl, Empathy, a wide-eyed girl with droopy antennae, and their version of reverse chemistry is vastly amusing.

 

Gamora gets a sibling with rivalry and revelry thrown in.

 

With all the special effects swirling about and making no impact, it’s basically family time as mothers and fathers also keep the mush going.

 

Yondu, Peter’s adoptive father, shows him what being a real daddy is all about. And Peter is a pure earthling when he tells his father Ego, “You shouldn’t have killed my mother and squished my Walkman” before sci-fi takes over for an elongated battle to annihilate Ego.

 

The only balm to combat battle fatigue is the goofiness that rules. Like Rocket and his endless jokes at a character named Taser face. Cuteness quotient comes from little Groot whose big wide eyes and childlike reactions do melt your heart.

 

Chris Pratt as Peter with his Walkman and earth music is total hero every inch of the space adventure. Zoe Saldana manages to emit romance eventhrough that yucky green makeup. Bradley Cooper makes Rocket annoyingly endearing. And Vin Diesel does some curiously cute voicing for Groot.

 

It’s the characters that stay, not the sci-fi or the feeble storyline. 

 

For a film that should seriously look for substance over special effects, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 gets a 2.5* rating. 

 

Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author
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