All assembled: Earthman Peter Quill (Star-Lord), the silent brute Drax, the green-skinned mercenary Gamora, the living tree Groot and the talking raccoon. The heroes do not betray themselves and with enviable regularity continue to find themselves in unthinkable situations, extricating themselves from them almost without harm (and sometimes even with benefit) for those around them. This time they will have to uncover one of the most important mysteries in the entire galaxy: who is Peter Quill’s father?
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The second part of the adventures of Star-Lord and Company. This time it all starts with the fact that Nebula, Gamora’s worst enemy and Thanos’s henchman, falls into the hands of the Guardians as a prisoner. However, the situation is complicated by the conflict with the highly developed civilization of the sovereigns, in addition, Peter Quill meets the one he has been looking for all his life – his father …
The sequel, like the original film, pleases the eye with special effects and decorations. Bizarre worlds, the nature of distant planets, crazy space flights and battles – in a word, a revived comic space opera. Entertainment is the main thing in such films, and here James Gunn passed the exam with excellent marks.
Alas, there are not so many new bright characters as there could be. Star-Lord’s father is not overly impressive despite being played by Kurt Russell. At first he plays an aristocrat-demigod, hospitable and majestic, and then … however, it would be a spoiler.
Stalone here, by the way, is generally for furniture, his role is practically reduced to a cameo.
Mantis is funny to the point of affection, highlighting with her femininity the brutal feminists Gamora and Nebula. As for the latter: it seems that someone whispered to Gann that it was politically incorrect to make an ugly woman a ridiculous comic villain, so Nebula was rehabilitated here to an ambiguous anti-heroine. Although he still creates game, sending, in fact, several dozen people to death (well, playing an indirect role in this), only to get the opportunity to clean up the face of his sister (seriously, she just wanted to beat Gamora!).
Shockerface was remembered for its brutal appearance and nickname, which all characters consider ridiculous. In general, he is a standard barmaley, an evil idiot who is not a pity to be used up.
The sovereigns greatly amused them with their ridiculous appearance (like ordinary people in pretentious robes, painted with golden paint, like “living statues”). An excellent parody of the “ideal society” of utopias. It is clear that in the cynical and adventurous setting of Guardians of the Galaxy, they look like clowns.
I already wrote about Nebula, other heroes did not undergo any special changes. Except that Drax became more cheerful. And here I want to scold the second part for pretty spoiled humor. In the first film, there were no so many outhouse jokes. The kindergarten skirmish between Peter and Rocket during the chase, in the face of mortal danger – all this stupid dialogue about poop, which Drax also happily joined, is already beyond good taste. Obviously, one cannot expect subtle humor from an American comedy action movie, but the same Pirates of the Caribbean somehow managed without such Âjokes.
But the dialogues of Mantis and Drax are really funny, although here the humor is rude, and is based on the fact that they are both “out of this world”: one is terribly naive, and the second is a caricatured macho savage who does not know what ” tact”.
The abundance of blunt jokes contrasts strangely with the tragic plot. Yes, oddly enough, potentially this film should have been more serious than the first, since two important characters die here, and not like Groot, but for real (although, given that this is a movie comic, it may not be).
By the way, Groot. He is here, and now, for a change, in the form of a kawaii kid, which is good, because a portion of healthy cuteness and kawaii is necessary in an entertaining film.
Bottom line: the second part is weaker than the first, but good in its own way. Still a kind of “Pirates of the Caribbean” in space. Fans of comics and space operas should watch (if you donÂt disdain ÂAmerican humor), but you should not expect revelations.
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