As part of the Guardians of the Galaxy series, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana snagged a pair of invitations to appear in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, alongside Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Thor. Sharing the screen with such legendary superheroes, did Pratt and Saldana feel a twinge of professional jealousy? On a personal level, no… but for their characters, it was a different story.
Avengers: Infinity War, also starring Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland, opens Friday in theaters everywhere.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe keeps moving along in the right direction, and one of the main reasons for their success is their ability to creatively think outside the box. Case in point is the choice of Super filmmaker James Gunn to direct 2014’s mega-hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Gunn’s character and genre driven sensibilities seamlessly blended into the film’s epic visual scale and narrative.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 could have been a rehash of the original, and fans would have probably forgiven the sequel if Gunn solely relied on the eye catching special affects and the pure chemistry of the leads. Though the heart of this story centers on Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) relationship with his long lost father Ego (Kurt Russell), the rest of the Guardians are given ample time to develop their respective arcs (one surprising element features the growing bond between Drax and Mantis). As evidenced by Gunn’s prominent use of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 centers on the importance of family, and the film doesn’t chintz on developing meaty back stories for its seemingly most incidental characters. The aforementioned Mantis (Pom Klementieff), gold-faced antagonist Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), Gamora’s vengeful sister Nebula (Karen Gillan), and returnee Yondu (Michael Rooker, delivering the film’s most memorable performance) all get their chance to shine. Instead of littering his 136 minute film with wall to wall action, Gunn also spends time developing the relationships among the Guardians and the extended family who may either break their chain or enhance their lives. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may take a few more left turns than its predecessor, but these seeming detours pay off with a resonant final act.
Along with several informative special features that delve into the making of the film, the Blu-ray also comes with five minutes worth of deleted scenes. One sequence is an expansion of an end credits sequence that, without giving too much away, displays Pratt’s improvisational gift. Another deleted scene, which again is an extended version of a scene that’s in the film, offers up a bit more screen time to Mantis and it’s also worth a look if you’re a fan of the character.
Thankfully Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 doesn’t suffer from the sophomore slump and as one of the end credits teased the Guardians will have an even more interesting villain to face them in the future.
Click on the media bar below to hear Zoe Saldana discuss Gamora’s bond with Star-Lord:
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now out on Blu-ray.
With Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy becoming one of the biggest box-office hits of 2014, expectations have been raised for the sequel. And star Chris Pratt thinks it delivers. Now that audiences know and love the movie’s characters, Pratt told us that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is even more fun and more exciting than the first film.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 opens in theaters this Friday.
No matter how you look at it, Guardians of the Galaxy was a massive success. Here in the U.S., it was the third-biggest movie of 2014, taking in $333 million at the box office. Internationally, it did even better; worldwide, it grossed $774 million. With its origins in a popular Marvel comic, an all-star cast and the weight of Disney behind it, very few people were surprised at how well the movie did. Some of those people, though, were the people making the movie! Star Chris Pratt admits they were caught off guard by how big a blockbuster the movie became. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chris Pratt)
You can bet that Pratt and his castmates have higher expectations for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is now playing in theaters.
Chris Pratt returns as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and the great news is the movie is getting getting great word of mouth. Along with a stellar ensemble, the project also features inspired filmmaking from director James Gunn. One can expect even more awesomeness the second time around.
“It’s a great script, a great story,” said Pratt, who was seen last year opposite Denzel Washington in The Magnificent Seven. “We’re just so thrilled to get to come back. The first movie got a great response and there were really high expectations (with the sequel) and I think we’ve met them. James Gunn made a great movie.”
Another one of the franchise’s strengths is its ability to seamlessly fuse some underrated melodies from the past into the storytelling (for example, Elvin Bishop’s “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” is beautifully employed during a bonding sequence between Star-Lord and Gamora in the original). During this week’s premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Ca., Pratt talked about his love for the music behind the Guardians of the Galaxy films.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens nationwide May 5.