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For a brief moment, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 felt like the worst thing a movie featuring a sentient baby tree and an anthropomorphic raccoon could be: it felt familiar. This happens somewhere within the first 30 minutes, after Drax the Destroyer’s sixth or seventh quip showcasing how clueless about social norms he is and Peter Quill’s constant referencing of cool things from the 1980s. It’s as if the film was straining too hard to remind you how much fun the first one was. Hey, remember how much you loved dancing Baby Groot? Well here he is again, but this time you get four full minutes of him grooving! Please enjoy.
This was a worry. The first Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise, breaking the Marvel movie template and setting a tone that other comic book properties would slavishly follow (oh, hi there Suicide Squad). The Guardians hail from the weirdest, most bizarre corner of the Marvel universe. What a pity if the second film in the series ended up being just a retread of the first, more Iron Man 2 than Captain America:The Winter Soldier.
But then, just as a certain new character’s Mork & Mindy-like egg-shaped ship takes off to the sound of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” Guardians of the Galaxy Volume2 starts bringing it all together. It leaves the references to the first film behind, pushing its characters, setting, and plot to compelling places. It becomes thrilling, emotional, funny, and most of all, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 finally becomes what the first film was: fun and more than a little heartfelt. As Rocket Racoon says near the film’s climax: “Welcome to the freakin’ Guardians of the Galaxy.” It’s about time.
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is at its best when it’s doing something new. It’s no coincidence that the film’s shift from good to great happens when Volume 2’s most interesting new character appears. Kurt Russell is a standout as Peter Quill’s (aka Star-Lord aka Chris Pratt) long-lost father, Ego the Living Planet (who fans of the comics will know better as an actual gigantic planet, as opposed to the guy who played Snake Plissken and Jack Burton). Russell is indeed more diminutive than a celestial body, but he brings outsized energy and charisma to the role, and his interplay with Quill is funny, touching, and heartfelt. The other new face is also a fun one: Mantis (played by Pom Klementieff) is an empath in the employ of Ego, and she provides a lot of the film’s laughs. She’s a sweet addition, and with her wide eyes, innocent nature, and high-pitched voice, is literally an anime character brought to life. It wouldn’t have been surprising to see her to turn to camera, smile, hoist two fingers in the air and squeal “Kawaiii!!!”.
It’s also refreshing to see that while the returning cast brings the biggest emotional punches, those hits don’t all come from the main Guardians crew. In fact, former villians Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) have the most dramatic arcs, with the former leaning in hard on the underlying father/son dynamic he had with Quill in the first film, and the latter finally revealing the source of all her angst and anger toward her sister Gamora (Zoe Saldana). Yondu, it could be argued, is the beating heart of Volume 2. There’s a scene near the beginning of the film, a wordless one where Yondu stands amidst a bevy of android pleasure models, his empty stare telling us everything about the emptiness and aching inside. It’s a wonderful, quiet moment that conveys in seconds more about Yondu than we learned during the entirety of the first film.
Those moments of stillness stand out the most. From the subtle but meaningful look Drax (Dave Bautista) gives Mantis near the end of the film to the gentle dance Star-Lord and Gamora share, director James Gunn isn’t afraid to dial down the explosions and noise to let his characters breathe. Each of the main Guardians crew gets their chance to evolve and grow in between fighting interdimensional beasties and escaping from hostile alien armadas, and they become fully-fleshed out, believable characters. Whatever the color of their alien skin, all of these strange creatures feel very human.
And it’s why the film’s many action sequences work as well as they do. The flash and bang in Volume 2 is impressive and impactful in the way many of Marvel’s best set pieces are, but everything has more weight because of the characters. Sure, seeing Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) singlehandedly taking on an army of Reavers is cool, but you’re excited not because a small mammal is doing kung fu, but because Rocket, perpetually underestimated and looked down upon, is finally getting his comeuppance. You cheer as Star-Lord finds the strength to take on the film’s big bad at the end of the film not because he’s Chris Pratt and he looks good shirtless, but because his anger is righteous as he seeks to avenge a wrong from long ago. You squeal in delight as Baby Groot…well, you just squeal because he’s undeniably, almost unbearably, cute.
There’s a scene near the end of the film, after all the action is over and the Guardians are taking stock of what happened, where Baby Groot climbs gingerly onto Star-Lord’s lap. Groot looks up, and Star-Lord offers him one of his earbuds, and they sit there, quietly, listening to music. It’s a wonderful moment at the end of a long journey where all of the Guardians have experienced new things, vanquished immense foes, and grown as a strange, unorthodox family. And we’re right there with Groot and Star Lord, looking out at the stars, excited about what’s coming next. Now, about those five post-credit scenes…
The international story looks different, however, as The Fate of the Furious brought in $163.4 million internationally this weekend, boosting its global haul to $908.4 million after just two weeks. The movie is expected to cross $1 billion during the next week. The Fate of the Furious made $532.5 million worldwide on its first weekend, toppling Star Wars: The Force Awakens to set a new record.
Rounding out the top five this weekend were The Boss Baby ($12.8 million), Beauty and the Beast ($10 million), Born in China ($5.1 million), and Going in Style ($5 million). You can see the full estimates for the April 21-23 US weekend below.
One of the modders, Mr. Leisurewear, explained in the GTA Forums that the mod team was “contacted” this week after they released a trailer for Red Dead Redemption V (which has been taken offline).
“I know this is hard pill to swallow, but as you may have noticed we did get contacted , and we sadly have to say we are stopping this project,” Mr. Leisurewear said (via Kotaku). “So thanks guys, we were all so happy to see this, but it isn’t going to happen, sorry.”
The party that contacted the mod team might have been Take-Two, the rights-owner to the successful Rockstar Games-developed series.
Announced in March, Red Dead Redemption V aimed to bring Red Dead Redemption’s map (based on the Xbox 360 edition) into Grand Theft Auto V. A beta was planned to launch this summer.
As for official games, the Red Dead series returns this year with the much-anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2.
For nearly a decade the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been structured via ‘phases’, with overlapping characters and storylines. The MCU is currently in Phase 3, but now Marvel boss Kevin Feige has revealed that what follows might be very different.
Speaking to Collider, Feige said that the studio was currently focused on completing Phase 3 in 2019, but hinted that the Marvel universe could go in a different direction after this.
“Right now, [it starts] with where we wanna take the stories,” he said. “Certainly as we get to Avengers: Infinity War there will be a sense of a climax. By the time we’re at the untitled Avengers 4, 22 movies will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU. And what happens after that will be very different. I don’t know if it’s Phase 4, it might be a new thing.
“We have an idea [of what the MCU looks like post-Infinity War], and it’s gonna be very, very different.”