Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  

USA, 2017.  , .    Screenplay by James Gunn, based on Marvel comics created by , , and characters created by , , , , , .   Cinematography by .   Produced by .   Music by .   Production Design by .   Costume Design by .   Film Editing by , .   

The gang is back and still travelling the galaxy in aid of whatever mess they come across or, more often, create, beginning with a visit to a planet of golden-hued superhumans who don’t take too kindly to Rocket stealing their superpowered batteries.  Taking Gamora’s sister Nebula into custody and running from their angered hosts, our heroes are in big trouble until they are saved by a mysterious figure who turns out to hold secrets to Peter Quill aka Star-lord’s past.  Residing on his new host’s paradise planet and finding out more about the missing elements of his life that have made him so unhappy for so long, Quill is, like his friends, at first delighted by his good luck until his companions have reason to be suspicious of just how perfect this place is.  Mythical elements of Hercules and Oedipus Rex are jaggedly inserted into a weakly plotted but beautifully shot adventure that has plenty of big laughs, beautiful effects and continues to benefit from the chemistry between its performers.  It’s a good-natured and pleasant adventure, but even if it gets points for never taking itself too seriously, there’s no denying that it’s at least fifteen minutes too long and draws far too small a plot over too long a film.   is remarkably effective at providing the voice of the insecure raccoon, while steals all her scenes as the delightful Mantis.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Visual Effects


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