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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Review (2017) | Yet Another Gem of Marvel

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is as fun as its previous installment was, or maybe a tad less. But it remains entertaining nevertheless. It tries to answer the speculations we had about who is Peter Quill’s Dad. The flick also forms the basis of the entire story of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. It seems to be drifting away from the absolute rampaging hoot the first part was, yes, but when you have a story to tell, it’s a price one is willing to pay.

The movie drives its crosshairs to all its character giving them proper screen time to prove their mettle on numerous occasions. But the ultimate hero remains none other than the antihero Yondu Udonta, the whistling blue alien, with a badass flying arrow. It is him, his one Godly fight of reprisal, his acceptance, and his sacrifice that serve as the cardinal crux of the flick. Then it was also a great allusion to tell everyone about what a Celestial is, and what is it capable of.

Plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (Spoilers Ahead)

Guardians of the Galaxy sequel returns with a whole set of new forgotten songs never forgetting the real importance of music in the life of Quill. More importantly it does not forget its humour as it starts off with Baby Groot dancing off to a song unfazed by what’s going on while in the backdrop remaining Guardians are trying hard to defeat an inter-dimensional monster.

Baby Groot is akin to a baby whom they are supposed to look after until and unless he grows up, of course, to do some actual damage. So he remains his own dumbed down version for the better part of the flick, cracking us up good with his childlike understanding.

image of baby groot in guardians of the galaxy vol 2

Rocket is just trying to be well, himself, when he steals some important batteries right under the nose of Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), who had hired them to kill the monster in exchange for Nebula. Ayesha the leader of the Sovereign Race then sends thousands of drones to kill them. But the Guardians are saved a mysterious figurine riding a spaceship.

Gamora: A little one inch man saved us?

Rocket: Well, if he got closer I’m sure he’d be much larger.

Peter: That’s how eyesight works, you stupid raccoon.

On the crash site they encounter Ego played by Kurt Russell, who introduces himself to be Peter’s dad. He has a pet called Mantis (Pom Klementieff) who is later revealed to have powers of an empath and is kept around to soothe Ego to sleep.

Yondu and Rocket’s Escape

Meanwhile, Ayesha hires Yondu Udonta who has been exiled from his greater Ravagers community and is desperate to earn his name and get back on the saddle. He, along with a bunch of Ravagers find the stranded ship and capture Rocket. A mutiny breaks and Nebula steps in to decapitate Yondu by shooting the fin on his head. One of the ravagers called Taserface (Chris Sullivan) begins to lead the team of Ravagers by capturing Yondu’s ship and imprisoning both Rocket and Yondu, leaving Baby Groot to stray around.

I am so sorry. I just keep imagining you waking up in the morning, start looking in the mirror and all seriously say to yourself. You know what would be a really kick-ass name, Taserface!

Nebula leaves the ship to avenge the misdeeds carried out on her by her father Thanos owing to Gamora’s self-seeking glory.

With the help of Baby Groot and Yondu’s loyalist Kraglin, Yondu and Rocket manage to kill everyone aboard (watch out for that deadly arrow!) and escape. It is hands down one of those rare moments to remember in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 movie.

Ego the Planet

The secondary parallel running story is about Ego, Peter Quill’s dad, who explains what he is all about. He expounds that he is a God-like entity Celestial who is nothing but an immortal and who has manipulated matter around himself to create a breathing planet with his brain at its core.

Taking a human shape Ego had travelled across the universe to beat his loneliness and discover his purpose. That’s when he had come across Peter Quill’s mother Meredith on Earth. Peter was consummated then however he was forced to leave her to pursue his purpose. He had asked Yondu to deliver Peter to him, but Yondu had kept him to himself. Ever since that he had been constantly looking for Peter. Ego teaches him little tricks to channel and manipulate Celestial power since he was Ego’s true lineage.

On the same planet Gamora is attacked by Nebula and a fight ensues. In an awkward twist of fate they both end up rekindling their lost sisterhood. They find skeletal remains in the caverns of the planet smelling something fishy going on.

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The Ugly Plan

Ego one way or the other proves himself to be exactly what its moniker insinuates it to be. In an attempt to bring Peter to his side, he tells him about how he had planted countless seedlings across different worlds and that it would take him another celestial to activate them. Activating them would create extensions of Ego in different worlds through terraforming. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 depicts a blob like thing consuming planets when Ego forcefully activates the seedlings using Peter as a source.

It is revealed that Ego was responsible for conceiving countless women all across the galaxy just to create extensions of himself, and he sent Yondu to retrieve the children to activate his seedlings, later killing them owing to them turning out to be failures. On realizing that it was Ego who had put a tumour in his mother’s head just because love was distracting him from his purpose, Peter Quill attacks Ego.

Meanwhile Mantis spills out Ego’s plans to Drax, Nebula and Gamora, who then join the alliance to help Peter Quill.

When you’re ugly and someone loves you, it means they love you for who you are.

The Final Showdown

Rocket, Yondu and Baby Groot arrive just in time to abate the punishing onslaught of Ego as they search for his brain inside the planet’s core. Ayesha’s army of droids arrive too causing a minor discomfort in their plans to kill Ego. Rocket creates a bomb with Ayesha’s batteries and has a hard time coaxing Groot to push the right button when it’s planted near Ego’s brain.

Peter uses his Celestial powers to save the remaining team by fighting Ego with all his might, as Kraglin approaches with Yondu’s ship for extraction. The bomb goes off killing Ego and disintegrating the planet in the process. Yondu sacrifices himself for Peter Quill. Peter realizes Yondu was simply trying to save him from being delivered to Ego and that’s why keeping him away from his true parentage, saving him from getting killed.

I told Gamora how when I was a kid I used to pretend David Hasselhoff was my dad. He’s a singer and actor from earth, really famous guy. Yondu didn’t have a talking car, but he did have a flying arrow. He didn’t have a beautiful voice of an angel, but he did have the whistle of one. Both Yondu and David Hasselhoff went on kick-ass adventures and hooked up with hot women, and fought robots. I guess David Hasselhoff did kinda end up being my dad after all, only it was you, Yondu.

When Guardians hold a funeral for Yondu, The Ravagers from all across the Universe come to pay tribute. The sacrifice Yondu was so huge that they revere him for that by showing up.

Post-Credit Scenes

In a post credit scene we see Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone) reuniting with his ex-team inspired by Yondu. It appears we have another group in the making.

Kraglin picks up Yondu’s fin and arrow, clearly stating that the badass power is going to be his in the future sequels.

image of yondu with kraglin in Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2We find Ayesha looking for a proper revenge by creating something mysterious in a huge box. On being asked what it is she has to say:

That, my child, is the next step in our evolution. More powerful, more beautiful – more capable of destroying the Guardians of the Galaxy. I think I shall call him… Adam.

It is an allusion at Adam Warlock, another amazing Marvel character, who we might have the good hap of seeing in the long run. In one of the fun scenes of the movie Howard the Duck is shown once again. I think he is being toyed with for cameos so far. Stan Lee shows up once again with his cameo with The Watchers this time. It seems to make a curt remark as if it is Stan Lee filling them with the knowledge about his MCU. Some consider him to be a Watcher himself? Whaaaa….?

The Final Verdict

After watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 you realize the real hero of this movie was none other than Yondu. With an apt way to depart him from the future stories, which I think wasn’t at all necessary, (Why so soon?) the movie tries to draw out its emotional factor. But since its drama is always interposed by someone’s witty remark, a jest, or Baby Groot cuteness, it fails to charge up the melodramatic enclave it wished to go on, and eventually things kind of seem like a stretch.

Nevertheless Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 turns out to be simply amazing owing to the fun factor it trundles on, the choice of music it picks every now and then, the proper screen time it lets each of the superheroes have, and its brilliant direction.

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The Incredible Hulk Case Study | That Betty Ross Tranquilizer

With Hulk and Thor‘s epic clash right around the corner, it’s time to reminisce about one of the most crucial chapters of Hulk’s life – Betty Ross. She’s a forgotten page in Bruce Banner’s life that once held steadfast to hold the entire plot of the Hulk story on her soft hands. With Marvel gone completely off track trying to form stories for the sake of mere adrenaline, it is high time we paid homage to the ultimate sedative of monsters all across the globe.

The Beauty Beast Love Syndrome

We have been smitten by the concept of beauty and the beast since time immemorial. And we don’t have to turn pages of history to know that it has always been that way. Mankind has invariably ended up thinking in that direction one way or the other. It’s the rage that does it for them, and it takes a beauty to sedate them. It’s like a perfect shot that every human can relate to.

Hulk is a paragon of that very thought. It was born with that nub of going rogue, of literally becoming a beast of fury, destroying everything and everyone who came in the wake of his turning. He was derived from ideas originating from Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. And we have seen a lot of similar ideas being executed in King Kong movies too.

He is indestructible, and that isn’t just the best part of being him. At least the writers who brought him into the world weren’t thinking his invincibility to be the only amazing thing about him. And I am glad that the Hulk origin story is so much more than what he has ended up becoming today – a mere exhibit for cheap thrills.

Betty Ross – Hulk’s Love Interest

If memory allows you to reinstate past images, you must remember Betty Ross, Bruce Banner’s girlfriend. With a beautiful past that captures his soft side for Betty Ross, suddenly leaving the thread hanging creates a gargantuan hole in Bruce’s heart. His becoming an angry green monster out of the blue takes him away from her unknowingly. Those are broken strings of unfulfilled love. Only lovers who have loved and lost can fathom its huge import.

So there he is! A green monstrous demonic machine that decimates everything that comes his way. He is angry, blame it to the accidental gamma radiations. He only speaks the language of smashing and come what may, he wouldn’t stop. To make such a behemoth dormant isn’t an easy task. And you are already aware nothing, and I mean nothing from this world can make that happen. What do you do?

The Solution

The answer to his rage is none other than Betty. The yin to his yang. The antidote that will forever keep him in check. Hulk can’t possibly imagine hurting her, even in his sub-conscious destructive mode. Just put her there in front of him, and he will change course, or fall like a beast that falls for beauty. It’s like a sudden spurt of hormones inside him that releases because of his insane love for the woman who wears him down almost instantly.

The Beauty and the Beast Hulk and Betty Ross art

It’s the good in him that supersedes then, turning him into his alter ego Bruce Banner who is abounding with love for Betty. Betty is the answer to his wrath. Betty is his cure.

And as always – Love overpowers Anger.

Time to Empathize

Somewhere in our hearts we know the colossal significance behind it. Man has forever been that quintessential beast of destruction, and there’s nothing, literally nothing in the world that could stop him but a thing that’s immensely close to his heart. You put it up, and there’s no way you wouldn’t find a fidget in his step.

Put yourself in his body for a second and think. When you are mad like hell, and you just don’t care about the world, you want to bring harm to yourself and to others with your action, what are your thoughts the? Extreme outrage I presume. But what would bring you to your normal self? The exact opposite – the counter attack in the form of extreme love!

Everyone has that one Betty Ross in their lives who is capable of bringing the Bruce Banner, the good guy out of them. The beauty to their beast. If you tack her against him to answer, he will sing like a canary. She’s the ultimate respite. She’s the goddamn cavalry capable of knocking beasts with memories of past. If you are wired to one, you know who.

Beauty, Nay, Betty is a Notion

And she doesn’t have to be a she. It could be the other way around or even better, a mere notion of love. That’s all there is to it.

Hulk was intelligently fabricated with that stunning notion, and every time I see him go nuts, I can’t help but think about how Betty used to be one of the reasons to pacify him. What a beautiful thought to bring out a fascinating monster!

Betty Ross and Bruce Banner

Today, a series of comics, animations, and adaptations of the green mammoth wonder have been flaring up within split seconds, and trust me nobody’s complaining, I still think that particular essence of building an epitome of destruction went missing somewhere. The enormous reason behind building a colossus ended up getting lost.

It’s like we have once again overlooked poetry.

Captain America: Civil War Review (2016)

High on breathtaking action and bro-feels!

Captain America: Civil War subtly disembarks crucial Marvel characters into the MCU grounds without overlooking the originals. There is a morsel for everybody, as they get a shot at each other with some rad action to ice the intriguing melodramatic plot. Nobody gets left out with their screen time, which was a Herculean thing to achieve. Marvel simply aced it.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR MORALITY AND SUPPORT

Bro-feels are hopping around throughout the movie as you see Cap and Iron Man digress from their paths to go against each other, in a gradually developing storyline. You can’t help but feel sorry for both of them as they try to rip each other apart. Like other characters in the movie you end up taking sides yourselves. Iron Man is understandable but Captain America can’t be written off either. Both are on such pedestals of morality that Civil War between them becomes inevitable.

BREATHTAKING ACTION

Action is sheer bonkers! So many cool stunning bits that you have to see the movie again to keep your cross-hairs locked. The biggest action driver is no doubt the Winter Soldier again, as Bucky Barnes ravages through every one who tries to either stop or catch him. Watch out for that highway action scene! He single handedly decimates every superhero who comes in his way. Black Panther gets introduced brilliantly to the tale. So does Spidey! Looking forward to watching their solo movies now.

HUMOUR GALORE

Civil War is high on humour just like any Marvel movie is, with Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Anthony Mackie and Paul Rudd doing us the honors of throwing us off into non-stop guffaws. Brilliantly penned screenplay as usual with great music to cover things up. Editing is exceptional as well.

Captain America: Civil War’s drama lets you dig deeper into the heads of the superheroes, and make them fairly relatable. You can’t help but relate your plight to these characters who get hammered under egotism, friendship, choices and conscience. Despite everything the movie packs in, you have to establish hands down that Iron Man stays the coolest, and Captain America undoubtedly the finest!

MINI-MOVIES PER SE

The weird thing about Captain America: Civil War is that you divide the movie into sub-sections and you still get awesome mini-movies that hit extraordinary feat per se. Wrap those little plots and there’s the big one that reveals like an eye-opener eventually in the climax.

One downside could be that there is no true villain in the movie. Rather a pointer that directs them into mangling each other to gnaw at the team from inside.

THE FINAL ADVICE

Not going into the spoilers much I would recommend you go get on this awesome bandwagon called Captain America: Civil War at once, and enjoy the thrilling action-packed bromancing ride. Watch it over and over if you wish to relive its classy mind-numbing action.

Ant-Man Review (2015)

Marvel hardly fails to marvel. Ant-Man was always on the cards, and when the time came to epitomize the superhero, they were successful in delivering it quite brilliantly. Peyton Reed wraps up a beauty of a superhero from the squad of superheroes to help Marvel climb another successful ladder of spinoffs. Now we wait for him to enter the circle of trust and append Avengers.

The plot of the movie keeps you constantly riveted. What makes it further entertaining is some good comedy grated by Michael Pena depicted brilliantly by Reed. Michael Douglas is great as Pym. So is Corey Stoll as Yellowjacket. Paul Rudd is fantastic and apt for the role of Scott Lang. Choice of Evangeline Lilly for Hope couldn’t have been better.

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At times you feel the thrill of going ant-size, should have been properly manifested. Also, the movie would have looked much better with a little intensity. Scott agreeing to don the suit for his daughter, and the entire Pym coaxing prep talk seems a little far-fetched. Also, the bit in the quantum realm could have done great with a little bit of time ripples. But then again we are talking comics here! Let it just be entertaining.

One of the most beautiful things about the Marvel cinematic universe is that they have been able to create, relate and link everything to one common ground and it goes on like a TV series. So even if you feel a movie is a little bland, there are enough Easter eggs to root you back into it.

There are two end credit scenes to the movie that hints things are going big in the next flick of the Marvel franchise. Don’t miss those!