‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Back With a Bang
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Great, grand wonderful movie; one that I remarked on while leaving the darkened theater, “This is the best movie ever made.” Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 might not actually be the best movie ever made but my goodness, we had fun watching it. It even has a flaw that improves it. Sylvester Stallone has a small role as a bad guy. Such a famous face cannot vanish and appear to us to be anything except Stallone, which kind of jars us a little bit.
Writer/director James Gunn also wrote the script for Slither and the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead. More importantly, he wrote and directed Guardians of the Galaxy, a film that took in three quarters of a billion dollars. We liked that one from here to Hong Kong.
Part of the charm of this movie, like its predecessor, comes from the music. In the movie house we sit in what we can rightly think of as a huge juke box. When the songs pour out from Star Lord’s walkman, we have one of the best sound systems ever bringing every crystal clear note to our waiting ears. We have beautiful songs from George Harrison, ELO, Fleetwood Mac, and Cat Stevens along with a dozen others blasting our happy ears. In one scene, lovers dance their first dance to the romantic music of Sam Cooke; loud too.
The word is out in Hollywood and actors have rushed to participate in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 even in tiny roles. We have the recurring stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana in the male and female leads. Wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista returns as Drax in a great comic role. Michael Rooker re-appears as Yondu, the blue baddie. Kurt Russell has a major role as Ego, a bizarre god-like figure (remember this began as a comic book). Voice-only actors Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel replay their roles as Rocket Raccoon and Groot, now Baby Groot, the sprout.
Loads of new and famous actors staff even the smallest roles. Voice-only roles come from Miley Cyrus (as a computer) and Seth Green (as Howard the Duck–yes, we have Howard the Duck make an appearance–how great is that?). But Rob Zombie and Ving Rhames also show up, not that we recognize them in their make up. Ditto for Michelle Yeoh, Jeff Goldblum, and Tommy Flanagan (Sons of Anarchy). Stan Lee, of course, makes his cameo. Mantis, an important new character, is played by the beautiful and wonderfully named Pom Klementiff.
That’s not all folks, we also get David Hasselhoff and a series of Hasselhoff jokes that run right through the film.
This totally deserved five star movie sequel runs for a good long two hours and 17 minutes. The PG-13 movie has no issues with language or naked people but plenty of light hearted movie violence. Made on a substantial $200 million budget the movie has brought in some $133 million in a few overseas venues already. The summer season has begun and begun big.