Have I got a review for you! So, last week I managed to see one of the most funniest films I have ever witnessed in my life. It involved aliens, families and really good music. If you haven’t guessed it by now, I’d assume that you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade. The film I’m talking about is…
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
That’s right! I watched it! I loved it! I hope you do to. So, let’s get down to business shall we?
28 April 2017
What Is The Film About?
As part of the Marvel franchise, I think it’s safe to say there’s a pattern that goes on here. Taking place after the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, we follow Peter Quill (a.k.a Star Lord) as he traverses the galaxy (or the small portion he’s rather fond of) saving people from being destroyed. One of his missions takes him and his crew to the Sovereign, a civilisation specifically bred to be “perfect”. On this mission, Rocket (the racoon) steals some of the batteries they protected, eventually making an enemy of the very people they were allied with. They are pursued by the Sovereign, and almost die in the process, when suddenly a strange man (Kurt Russel) comes to their rescue. He calls himself Ego, and confesses that he is Peter’s father.
Alright, so as I mentioned before, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is part of the Marvel franchise, and really, what do you expect from such a huge franchise? The numbers are just ridiculous! Taking the numbers from BoxOfficeMojo.com, for the opening weekend (in America) the film raked in a huge $156 million. Worldwide, the film has gained over $441 million. Now considering the production budget was $200 million, I’d say that’s a huge gain for the film, at least more than double the production budget!
As you’d expect from a Marvel film, there’s a lot of humour, mixed in with action, and just a hint of drama. So, it’s no surprise that when Chris Pratt takes the stage as the infamous Star Lord, you’d expect some quick-witted quips from the aspiring hero. There is literally no room to breathe, every time the group/family start to argue. Of course, that’s pretty much what makes up this film, and I’m not sure if they overdid it.
Right of the bat, Rocket proves to be the kink in the works, as he starts to insult his team members, and tension rises between the cranky racoon and Quill. I think it’s safe to say that Rocket definitely has issues, and his humour is a bit out of rhythm to the rest of the group, since only he seems to find his jokes funny. When it comes to Rocket, I think he’s the most isolated of the bunch, after all, he’s the one that’s left behind with Groot, and Nebula.
Quill doesn’t quite trust him, even though he’s proved himself to be a great asset to the group, and he has a father or older brother complex to him towards Peter (I don’t know, is it just me or does Rocket and Quill’s relationship remind you of Sam and Dean from Supernatural…no? Just me? Ok…moving on). I hope that, when they make the next Guardians of the Galaxy film, they should really explore Rocket and Quill’s relationship, since the rift between them isn’t quite fixed yet. Perhaps that’s something they need to look at. After all, this one was all about parenthood (trust me, there was a lot of hints to that), maybe they should look at brotherhood in the next one.
As for the romance in the film, I do love the fact that the “unspoken thing” between Quill and Gamora isn’t addressed so heavily. It’s just the right bit of romantic tension every film needs, and it’s not so overdone that you have to roll your eyes at it. After so many films emphasising a romance that really shouldn’t have been (*cough* looking at you Hunger Games and Divergent *cough*), this does it just right. Relationships take time to build, and having it build in one film isn’t something that’s realistic (of course, if you have time jumps it makes sense, but that’s mostly done in music videos and short animated films), and having Quill and Gamora at odds with their feelings is much more realistic, and much more relatable, than those fast flings you find in other films.
Alright, moving on to the next pairing, this one is between Drax and Mantis, and I absolutely love this relationship. Having read an article in Empire magazine, the relationship between Drax and Mantis rather makes sense. Both of them feel like outsiders, they’ve been alone for a long time, and now, having found a “family” they feel a little more like they belong and that’s a beautiful relationship. If we look at Drax’s background, he’s lost his daughter, his wife, and practically everyone he’s ever loved; now if we took a look at Mantis, she was abandoned at birth, and has only ever had Ego (Kurt Russel) as a companion, even then, Ego doesn’t seem like a father figure for her, she’s more of an assistant than someone who’s close to him.
When these two interact, I feel like Mantis feels at home with him, and Drax feels like he’s found his daughter in Mantis. There’s a connection there that seems to scream “PARENTHOOD” and I think that’s what the both need. Drax needs someone to care for, and although he has Groot, I think Groot’s closer to Rocket and Quill, he doesn’t seem to have as much feelings for the small plant. Having Mantis around might actually be good for Drax, it’ll probably open up a new perspective for the big guy.
Now, I could go on about relationships, and the ones that are centred around Quill, namely the relationship he has between Ego and Yondu, but that would be taking away the essence of the film, and seriously you guys need to watch it! So, instead, I’ll talk about the look of the film, because the plot itself was done really well, and I don’t think that anything I say could improve on it or add to it. The settings and the colours of the film were so beautiful, I’m just disappointed that we don’t have places that look like them.
The palace of the Sovereign, while being institutionally barren, was beautiful nonetheless. The royal blue against the gold was perfect, if ever I lived in a mansion of my own, I’m definitely decorating one of the rooms in those colours. Of course, nothing could top off Ego’s palace. Just look at the image below! It looks like something out of a fantasy novel! In fact, there’s a novel called The Charmer by Autumn Dawn (it’s a romance, don’t read it if you’re not big on the…well if you’ve never read fanfiction…let’s just say that) and I swear, I imagined Ego’s palace to be the setting of this novel. I mean, it’s like something out of a Lord of the Rings film or book, and I just can’t help but fall in love every time I see this palace. I think, if ever I had the money, I’ll definitely make it myself! I don’t care if it defies logic or whatever, I am building this beautiful beast!
Alright, so from the review, I guess you could say I liked this movie…a lot. I’m not even bothering with the negatives…ok so I have my bias, and I can’t help it. This film just appealed to all of my senses. It had magic (in the form of technology…but magic nonetheless); it has romance that’s unspoken; it’s focused on reminding people about the values of a family, and that it’s sometimes not made with blood. It just has everything that appeals to basically everyone, and I cannot emphasise how much I want you all to watch it. Yes, it’s sci-fi, but it’s also fantasy, it’s family and it doesn’t really care about the boundaries genres give it. If it can cross it, it will.
That’s it from me today, it’s your turn! Have you watched Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 yet? What did you think of it? Was there anything you would have improved on or would have liked to see? Let us know! Leave your tips in the jar below and we’ll see you soon!
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