Guardians of the galaxy – Vol. Doom

Director :- James Gunn

Cast :- Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Kurt Russell

Genre :- Action, Sci-fi, Superhero

I remember going to the theater to watch Guardians of the Galaxy. The first time I went in for the sake of Marvel Studios, no idea who these characters were. I loved it and the jokes were just too damn good. The second time I went because I wanted to.

Now we have the second part, it’s the first superhero movie of the year and boy was it a disappointment. I wasn’t even going to do a review but here I am, fighting against my inner demons trying to think good of it.

To be honest, the movie wasn’t half as bad but the first part was way too good. Guess, high expectations inflict more damage than you can imagine.

The movie is about the team now doing deeper space exploration, encountering celestials and other godly creatures/ aliens every now and then. They remain as bounty hunters on furlow from different groups of people who are out to kill them, just regular pirate-y kind of work I assume. Through the course of the film we have new characters being introduced such as Ego(Kurt Russell) – Starlord’s (Chris Pratt) father , Mantis – Ego’s assistant (Pom Klementieff) , Tons of new ravagers – Yondu’s ( Michael Rooker ) associate, Nebula (Karen Gillian) – Gamora’s (Zoe Saldana) sister has a bigger part in this edition and of course, we have Baby Groot still voiced by Vin Diesel. Starlord meets his father – Ego while escaping from the clutches of Queen Kismet’s (Elizabeth Debicki ) army and is given information about his father and mother. How and what happened to the family he never had.

That is pretty much the story and to keep it spoiler – free, I am going to leave it that way. Let’s begin analysis of what went wrong.

The movie was good enough, the plot was moderate, the characters had been established well along with their universe but I felt there wasn’t enough of a punch in the concept. The marketing and plotline was all sold based on Baby Groot’s cuteness which was not enough to sell the whole movie. Yes, Baby Groot was way too cute but to sacrifice that in the face of a movie is something I don’t understand.

The gang with Mantis, Yondu and Nebula on Ego – Peter Quill’s father’s planet.

I expected a lot from the movie considering Thanos was in the first part, the biggest baddy in the MCU and considering he was shown to have kickstarted his plan in the post –  credits of Captain America : Civil War you would hope he would have gained his hands on one infinity gem in this part but that wasn’t the plan. Plus, the wow factor of the first part evaporated in this part. The new celestial body’s from the first part etc. We did however, get to see a whole bunch of celestials which is really difficult for a non – comic book fan understand about. Guess, MCU is getting inspired by the DCEU now, in a very bad way.

He may have been your father, Quill, but he wasn’t your daddy. – Yondu

The movie did play well into the understanding of family ties between characters. The first part did portray how lost Peter Quill was when the concept of his father came across and this part deepens the view into his ancestory and his father’s origin story explaining why he was able to hold an infinity gem for that long. We also get to see the relationship between Yondu and Peter Quill. How, Yondu who practically raised Peter had grown close to him over the ages. A bit ironic considering at the end of the first part, he basically swears revenge on him. But, guess that was forgotten as soon as dad concept showed up. Also, we were given insight into his childhood which the first part hinted at but didn’t tell much about. Another main storyline chased here was of Nebula – Gamora sisterhood and their childhood. Of the torture Nebulla faced at the hands of Thanos a.k.a. DAD. A plight that drives her to go hunting for him at the end of the movie. Few secrets are revealed about their childhood and they have a heart – to – heart conversation. Drax talks a little bit more about his wife and kids , with Mantis (who can read emotions) telling us of the pain he feels. Rocket and Groot, the two outlaws in a group of misfits are the highlight of the movie without any questioning of the past like who experimented on them? Where did they come from? Do they age? Are they real animals? Nobody knows! But rocket remains to be the entertainer of the group with Drax (Baptista) contributing a little with his annoying laughter. We got a look at a bunch of new ravagers with a few surprising entries into the MCU that I hope get a bigger part of, in the near future.

All in all, the movie carved a path the first one had set – up of going deeper into the MCU but this one fell short of total amusement unlike it’s predecessor. The first part introduced the concept of Infinity gems before which we had no idea about and this one introduced the concept of celestials in a very subtle and forgettable way. The directors did try keeping the spirit of the success, the first movie and every other Marvel movie obtained i.e. Comic relief using jokes and iconic scenes such as Yondu’s whistle following arrow, Rocket and Drax’s jokes but I didn’t enjoy it as much.

I didn’t like the movie at all but if you did let me know.

My Rating :- Conceptual Disaster


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