'Guardians 2' wows with original plot, witty one-liners

Sunday , May 14, 2017 - 12:00 AM

By CAMI CRIMIN
TX. Correspondent

Everyone loves a quirky superhero movie, and who is better at quirky superhero movies than Marvel?! (That’s right DC, I said it.)

Throw in a few supernaturally good-looking (and hilarious) actors, add an awesome soundtrack that appeals to young people and adults alike, and you’ve got yourself a winner!

The first “Guardians of the Galaxy” was an entirely new type of superhero movie. Peter is his own type of protagonist; not the tragic, angst-ridden, self-sacrificing stereotype present in so many movies today. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which came out in 2014, was a great change of pace, and a great movie altogether.

It is for that reason that I am glad the sequel was nothing like it.

You may be thinking that in saying that “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” is nothing like “Guardians 1” — which I already said was a great movie — I am saying that “Guardians 2” was not a good movie. Not true. The fact that “Guardians 2” branched off is what makes it so great.

Director James Gunn could have seen the success of the first movie and thought, “I can change that slightly and make even MORE money!” Luckily, he didn’t. Who wants to pay for a movie that they basically already have?

No; Gunn did the smart thing and instead of giving the audience more of what they loved about the first movie, gave them an original plot, new comedy and new backstory about each character. Characters who might have felt one-dimensional in the first “Guardians” were given new life and quirks that make them even more interesting to watch. New characters are introduced who enrich the plot even more. Gunn made sure that this movie was as good as the first, while keeping it original so as to not cheapen the brilliance of its counterpart.

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True, the antagonist did not come into play until the third act of the movie, but I can say with absolute certainty that it was worth the wait. I can’t be the only one who thinks that Marvel villains have been somewhat lacking in the personality department as of late. I can’t recall the last time I left a Marvel movie and REMEMBERED the villain’s name.

This Marvel villain had a few quirks, and was memorable because of them.

So, it you want to see a movie with rich with witty one-liners, an original plot, stunning landscapes, an adorable baby Groot, and a FANTASTIC makeup artist (pay attention to the first few minutes of the movie; what looks like some pretty impressive CGI de-aging of an older character is actually good old-fashioned makeup), you may want to check this one out.

Cami Crimin is a sophomore at Northridge High School. She enjoys reading, writing, drawing, cooking and doing FX and beauty makeup. Email her at doctorwho528491@gmail.com.

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