Comic book movies are becoming a lot like chocolate – there’s dark, there’s light, but once unwrapped…hey, it’s chocolate.
With ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’, there’s no debating that this is the lightest milk chocolate on the market – yet, it’s quality stuff. And writer/director James Gunn goes for, quite possibly, the most deliciously tongue-in-cheek romp through the Marvel universe yet with Volume 2.
Much like the original, this one is riddled with sci-fi brawls, space chases, explosions, sarcastic pep, 70’s pop songs, homages to a vault of cheesy TV shows and movies (see if anyone else catches the slight bow to ‘Star Trek V’) and an unusual but hilarious adoration for David Hasslehoff.
Yep – the Hoff. Even ‘Deadpool’ won’t go THERE.
How can you not love a movie that kicks off by belting out ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky” over the opening credits, where everyone’s soon-to-be favorite extraterrestrial plant, Baby Groot – voiced by Vin Diesel – dances to the tune in the foreground while his fellow Guardians scrap a giant Octopus-like monster behind him, in soft focus? That sequence pretty much sums up the rest of the movie – it’s very funny, very frantic and won’t have its eclectic characters straying too far from the blueprint.
Okay, Gunn does get perhaps a WEE bit maudlin with the storyline, as Peter ‘Star Lord’ Quill (Chris Pratt) meets his long lost biological father, Ego (Kurt Russell). The team, including green-skinned Gamora (Zoe Saldana), muscular warrior Drax (Dave Bautista), wisecracking Rocket Racoon (voice of Bradley Cooper) and Groot, now mercenaries for hire (why hello, A-Team reference) tag along to Ego’s paradise-esque planet, which seems a little too good to be true….which usually means, it is. Sub-plots, also family based, include the appearance of Yandu (Michael Rooker), a shaky father figure to Quill, and Nebula (Karen Gillan), the sister of Gamora, who takes the term ‘sibling rivalry’ to the absolute limit. I never witnessed anyone try to run over their own sister with a spaceship until now.
Obviously, there’s a lot to see here – and that’s not even counting the four (I said FOUR) vignettes AFTER the film is over. If you can’t wait for next year’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ OR ‘GOTG Vol. 3’, I think we just saw half of it all during the credits. And THAT my friends is truly getting your money’s worth!