It has been a while since I wrote a review. The more time, the more the desire, the more virgins jiggling in front of my door (I am told that this has never been the case … good), in short, nothing interesting to say. But today, like this, point blank (small dedication to my regular), I want to talk about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 movie, last movie release that has been stuck in my head since. Like what, even a good large calibrated product can leave its mark in the moo box that I use as a thought processing machine.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 movie critic
A real breath of fresh air in the middle of a Marvel Cinematic Universe certainly not fundamentally unpleasant but generally forgettable, the Guardians of the Galaxy first of the name allowed the troublemaker James Gunn (out of the Troma stable, therefore not the first yes-man come) to deftly divert the imperatives of such a blockbuster in order to offer a delirium obviously limited but oh so endearing. But the enthusiasm, a bit disproportionate to the spectators (me the first), demonstrated above all the distressing state of the big spectacle cinema of this decade, leading the public to raise to the skies a work which it would have considered simply correct in front of the mastodons of ‘twenty years ago. Because without wanting to play the old idiots, Terminator 2 or Jurassic Park (to name a few), it was still something other than The Avengers.
As expected as feared, preceded by the dazzling success of James Mangold‘s twilight and ultra-violent Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 movie would it transform the test or explode in full flight, the expectations being this time much more important unlike an original opus having been able to benefit from the confidentiality of the base material? The public seems divided on the question, even if personally, I found much more than expected.
Direct sequel to the adventures of Star-Lord and Company (taking us back to the heyday of Rocky 2, Karate Kid 2 and Back to the Future 2), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, after a quick flashback which will inevitably have its importance for the future, plunges us directly into the heart of the beast, through a rather surprising bias for this kind of production. Rather than giving us an ultra-spectacular action sequence, James Gunn takes the risk of alienating part of the audience by focusing on something innocuous, childish, offering an opening credits absolutely enjoyable for me and instantly worship. And the guy to do it again later in the film, for an equally convincing result.
A note of intention that has the merit of being clear, James Gunn informing us from this moment that for him, the show, as fun and uninhibited as it is, will not be an end in itself, but a pretext to do evolve its characters. In perfect continuity with his filmography, the filmmaker illustrates the touching and anarchic portrait of a reconstituted family made up of neurotic marginalized people, accurately filming interactions that constantly navigate between laughter and tears.
Gigantic introspection of more than two hours instead of the expected frenzied space-opera, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 thus sketches furiously endearing protagonists, to which James Gunn brings a dimension both emotional and epic, each anti-hero having his own little moment. Deepening his headliners while effectively introducing his newcomers, Super’s dad even succeeded in giving a completely different face to simple supporting roles in the first film, like Yondu (masterful Michael Rooker), passing from a bad guy cabotin to a surrogate father with a truly moving fate.
The father figure is thus one of the most important themes of a film heavily focused on filiation, through a quest that can only be marked by cruel disappointment. The look that James Gunn has on this lack, for lack of being original, oozes sincerity, and the evocation, however awkward it may be, of a pater familias made of odds and ends, of added pieces, will inevitably have touched the little boy that I was trying to make a daddy worthy of the name.
The stakes also take the same direction, abandoning the simplistic big bad of the first film (basically, I want to be caliph instead of the caliph and fart everything), for an apocalypse at the same time greater (the whole universe is concerned). and more intimate, the threat being directly linked to the past of the hero played by Chris Pratt. An “evil” perfectly embodied in the person of Kurt Russell, at the same time funny, cunning and charismatic, whose cold rhetoric remains of an implacable logic and is adorned with an unsuspected depth in calibrated productions of this kind.
Entirely devoted to the torments of its characters, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 does not forget to entertain, throwing in the face of the spectator its share of delusional and visually marked scenes, James Gunn having fun like crazy at the staging, well helped by a 3D for once mastered. Using his fantastic soundtrack judiciously (the second job of Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain will have given me shivers), the director makes his film a purely musical work, each song being perfectly thought out, at the risk of sometimes highlighting the point.
A defect that we find throughout a script unfortunately struck by a certain immobility, the freedom of tone and action visibly granted to James Gunn not having only advantages. Assisted by another pair of hands, the director might have been able to have the necessary distance, thus avoiding an artificial narration based on strings as big as Drax’s fist.
Constantly on the rope by pushing his biases to extremes and never afraid to do too much (whether in humor or emotion), perhaps disappointing and less immediate than the first shutter for many, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 movie is for me quite the opposite, finally more striking and less subject to a binding specifications (even if this remains very present, we must not kid ourselves), a clearly imperfect work and rickety but incredibly generous, with an undeniable pulp charm that will have left me with a devilish potato and little guilis in my stomach. One of the few feature films in the MCU that can boast of having heart and style.