africa-new-bannerjpg

Africa Melane reviews: "Guardians of the Galaxy is a salute to 80's pop culture"

To book for Guardians of the Galaxy click here.

CapeTalk host Africa Melane reviews the latest release of Guardians of the Galaxy:

I should start by confessing that I never watched the first ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, but I understand that it was a charming and entertaining movie, which turned out to be more successful than anyone anticipated. So, it was inevitable that Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his fellow Guardians would return for a second installment.

This time, they are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter's parentage is revealed.

The opening galactic, be it a sinewy blob, fight scene really sets up the various characters adequately. As a newbie to the franchise, I got a very good sense of who was who in the zoo, their strengths, weaknesses, and most importantly, their contribution to the family. Those familiar with the franchise will appreciate the reminder and will pick up where they left off with the franchise.

Also read: 5 reasons why you have to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Family seems to be the narrative that writer and director of the volume, James Gunn, pins the sequel on. Was it Percy Jackson in his book, The Sea of Monsters, who wrote: “Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse...and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”

The most important thing in the world (and now in the universe) is family and love. When Ego (Kurt Russel) saves Quill and his troop from certain death and presents himself as his father, the movie holds a promise of a contest between the new found family of the Guardians on the one side and Quill’s true parentage on the other.

I am not convinced that making Quill’s arc the essence of the narrative does enough to hold the movie. More importantly, Gunn does not do enough to build his audience up to the final scene of maiming and killing as yet another apocalyptic action sequence plays out to conclude the movie. I did not care enough about saving the universe. I was annoyed that Rocket, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Yondu (Michael Rooker) and the rest of the team are relegated to supporting roles to prop up the rather thin narrative.

What did I enjoy about the movie? The salute to the 80’s pop culture. The music and the visual aspects of the movie took me right back to my childhood and conjured up warm and happy memories.

I was reminded that comics are about having fun at the end of the day. And you will have fun watching this movie. Even if it will not be as satisfying as the first one clearly was.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2

Director: James Gunn Writer: James Gunn Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Kurt Russel Running time: 02h16m


This article first appeared on 702 : Africa Melane reviews: "Guardians of the Galaxy is a salute to 80's pop culture"


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Innovative medical glue replaces stitches and staples

Innovative medical glue replaces stitches and staples

Bio-Technology Ph.D. student at the Israel Institute of Technology Alona Shagan explains device similar to a standard glue gun.

W Cape Human Settlements MEC: 'It's about integrating communities'

W Cape Human Settlements MEC: 'It's about integrating communities'

Tertius Simmers talks about the 245 new housing units as part of a greater project to expand the Belhar CBD.

Generous R50k donation helps 43-year old single dad complete his studies

Generous R50k donation helps 43-year old single dad complete his studies

Promising ICT entrepreneur Sibongile Mbhele will be able to finish his online studies through a Singaporean university.

[VIDEO] DA's Van Damme accuses family of racism, V&A Waterfront apologises

[VIDEO] DA's Van Damme accuses family of racism, V&A Waterfront apologises

The Democratic Alliance MP claims she was subjected to a racist tirade at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront and wants action taken.

Cape Town: How to report Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer beetle and steps to take

Cape Town: How to report Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer beetle and steps to take

The City of Cape Town's rapid response programme assesses and verifies every report and carries the cost of tree removals.

Sexual abuse claims at CT orphanage, manager 'under the influence of alcohol'

Sexual abuse claims at CT orphanage, manager 'under the influence of alcohol'

MEC for Social Development Sharna Fernandez says after affidavits taken and charges laid, Al-Noor orphanage has been deregistered.

Popular articles
[VIDEO] DA's Van Damme accuses family of racism, V&A Waterfront apologises

[VIDEO] DA's Van Damme accuses family of racism, V&A Waterfront apologises

The Democratic Alliance MP claims she was subjected to a racist tirade at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront and wants action taken.

[WATCH] Volkswagen’s new feel-good Kombi ad 'Cupcake Boss' is brilliant

[WATCH] Volkswagen’s new feel-good Kombi ad 'Cupcake Boss' is brilliant

Advertisers traditionally warn against working with children. In this ad it works beautifully, says ad expert Andy Rice.

Court orders Gupta-linked Trillian to pay back R600 million to Eskom

Court orders Gupta-linked Trillian to pay back R600 million to Eskom

It also ordered the company to pay for all the costs of the application. Bruce Whitfield interviews EWN’s Clement Manyathela.

Fight continues for family of 11 evicted from Paarl wine farm

Fight continues for family of 11 evicted from Paarl wine farm

On May 7, the Land Claims Court heard an application to have the eviction of Nomabongo Sweetness May and her family rescinded.

Investigation underway into cause of Cape Town hotel fire

Investigation underway into cause of Cape Town hotel fire

Staff and guests at Durbanville's Ruslamere hotel were evacuated while firefighters battled the blaze on Tuesday morning.

Sexual abuse claims at CT orphanage, manager 'under the influence of alcohol'

Sexual abuse claims at CT orphanage, manager 'under the influence of alcohol'

MEC for Social Development Sharna Fernandez says after affidavits taken and charges laid, Al-Noor orphanage has been deregistered.

BP could be fined millions for illegally building 17 petrol stations

BP could be fined millions for illegally building 17 petrol stations

The case against international petroleum giant was brought by environmental group Uzani Environmental Advocacy.