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Fast And Funny

Saturday, May 06, 2017
By Deepa Gahlot

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2
James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldanha, Kurt Russell, Dave Bautista and others
Rating: * * *

This Marvel production, James Gunn’s sequel to the huge hit 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', will please fans, but might leave others a bit underwhelmed. Not because it is lacking in entertainment, but because it is trying too hard. If the most appealing character in the film is Rocket, the smart-alecky racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) then the film is lacking a little something.

It has a lot of extravagant action, some funny lines, a retro design and soundtrack, but its obvious 'Star Wars' influences show up more too, in the make-up, costumes and bizarre look of the main and supporting characters.

It begins with the Guardians battling a huge octopus-like monster and wisecracking about guns and knives, with little Groot (cutely voiced by Vin Diesel) dancing away to Mr Blue Sky; that sets the tone for the rest of the adventure, and the sprinkling of drama, in which Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) has daddy issues and Gamora (Zoe Saldanha) has problems with her wicked sibling Nebula (Karen Williams). The bare-chested warrior Drax (Dave Bautista), with his booming laugh, forms a strange friendship with a shy ‘empath’ called Mantis (Pom Klementief).

The galaxy doesn’t seem to be under any imminent threat, so Vol.2 has the Guardians run afoul of the gold-covered Sovereigns, led by the imperious Ayesha (Tilda Swinton) when Rocket filches some precious batteries. They escape a video-game like attack by a flurry of remote-controlled aircraft and then end up annoying the hideous space pirate Taserface (Chris Sullivan) and the blue-tinted Ravager Yondu (Michael Rooker). Sylvester Stallone makes a cool appearance as Yondu’s foe, and let’s hope he has more to do in the next movie of the franchise (there will be more!)

In the midst of all the frantic shooting and slashing, Ego (Kurt Russel) arrived in a fancy space pod, claims to be Quill’s long-lost father and takes them to his very own planet, that looks like a very innovative fair ground.

Everything from the production design to the characters’ get-ups displays a flashy sense of fun if only the film had more screwball wit and a little less mayhem. This one does pause for breath once in a while, from all the dizzying action, which makes it a ‘timepass’ watch.

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