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.
Transformers: The Last Knight was the #1 film over the weekend but unfortunately the film made just $45.3 million. Its five day domestic haul was a franchise low $69.1 million, but thankfully its international take is at $196 million. Coming in second was Cars 3 with $25.1 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1.Transformers: The Last Knight – Could a lackluster domestic opening signal the death knell of the franchise? $45.3 million
2. Cars 3 – $25.1 million
3. Wonder Woman – The flick has grossed over $650 million worldwide. This weekend it makes $25.1 million
4. 47 Meters Down – Mandy Moore shark film makes $7.4 million
5. All Eyez On Me – $5.85 million
6. The Mummy – Tom Cruise misfire makes $5.8 million and domestically it has yet to reach the $100 million mark (it’s at $68 million).
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – $5.2 million
8. Rough Night – Scarlett Johansson comedy collects $4.7 million. Domestically, the movie has made just$16.6 million.
9. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – $4.3 million
It was simply no competition as Wonder Woman smashed The Mummy into submission with a $57.2 million weekend. The Mummy, which launches Universal’s Dark Universe line, was a distant second with $32.2 million but has done solid business overseas ($141 million). Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Wonder Woman– $57.2 million
2. The Mummy – $32.2 million
3. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – $12.3 million
4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – $10.7 million
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $6.2 million
6.It Comes At Night – First rate thriller starring Joel Edgerton makes $6 million in its debut weekend.
7. Baywatch – With just $51 million amassed domestically, this comedy is a box office misfire for The Rock. This weekend, it takes in $4.6 million
8. Megan Leavey – Kate Mara headlined indie drama collects $3.8 million.
9. Alien: Covenant – The picture is one of this year’s biggest box office disappointments as it’s made just $71 million domestically. This weekend, it collects a meager $1.8 million
Although director Ridley Scott’sAlien: Covenant received its share of buzz, the $97 million budgeted feature managed just a $36 million debut. Although it was good enough for #1, the figure was still below expectations for the film. On the flip side, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had a strong weekend with a #2 finish ($35 million). Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Alien: Covenant – It’s a first rate sci-fi epic, and hopefully the movie doesn’t drop off the face of the Earth in its second weekend. It debuts with $36 million and narrowly beats Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $35 million
3. Everything, Everything – $12 million
4. Snatched – Amy Schumer/Goldie Hawn comedy makes $7.6 million and to date the film has grossed over $32 million domestically.
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – Family film disappoints with $7.2 million debut.
6. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Fantasy epic has a sub-par second weekend with just $6.8 million. Budgeted at $175 million, the flick has made just $27 million domestically!
7. The Fate of the Furious – $3.1 million
8. The Boss Baby – $2.8 million
9. Beauty and the Beast – The movie has made over $1.2 billion worldwide. This weekend, it takes in $2.4 million domestically.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 easily beat out newcomers Snatched and King Arthur: Legend of the Swordto take the #1 slot at this weekend’s box office. The picture made $63 million, with #2 finisher Snatched collecting $17.5 million. The $175 million budgeted King Arthur: Legend of the Sword bombed at the box office with $14.7 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 1o:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – It makes $63 million this weekend and has a total domestic gross of over $246 million.
2. Snatched – Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn film makes $17.5 million.
3. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – $14.7 million
4. The Fate of the Furious – To date the movie has made over $1.1 billion worldwide. It collected $5.3 million over the weekend.
5. The Boss Baby – $4.6 million
6. Beauty and the Beast – It’s the #1 grossing film film of the year with a worldwide take of $1.2 billion. Domestically, it takes in $3.8 million this weekend.
7. How to be a Latin Lover – The picture, starring Salma Hayek and Raquel Welch, collects $3.7 million.