Mini Reviews of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 & Colossal

Hello there folks! It feels like it’s been ages since I wrote my last review, but it’s actually just a week ago. Well, I saw two Charlie Hunnam films in two weeks… The Lost City of Z and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. I really enjoyed both, the latter is enjoyable though probably not your thing if you don’t like Guy Ritchie’s frenetic style. I’ve liked the rugged Brit for some time but I’m really quite taken with him now, uh-oh. It’s not like I have time for a new crush now though, ahah, but I sure want to see more of the bloke 😉

So here’s my review of the last two recent movies I saw:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Ok so I have to admit the release of this one sneaked up on me. If it didn’t show up on the weekly press screening list I wouldn’t have known it’s coming out. I was one of the few people who think the first one was just okay, not spectacular. I did rewatch it months later and found it to be entertaining, but nothing that warrant a sequel. But hey it’s Marvel, of course there’ll be a sequel if it hits $100mil.

Well the team is back in full psychedelic color and fun retro 80s music. This time the main plot is basically to unravel the mystery of the protagonist Peter Quill’s true parentage. It might’ve been better to release this in June around Father’s Day, not that there’s anything particularly profound about the father/son bit though. It’s tough to care for their relationship when it’s so thinly written, I didn’t even particularly care for Kurt Russell‘s casting.

Just like the original, the best part of the movie is the team spirit and all the bantering between the supporting characters. I still find Rocket (the raccoon voiced by Bradley cooper) and Drax (Dave Bautista) the funniest characters, and I’m glad they seem to beef up their roles a bit more here. I’m getting a bit tired of Baby Groot, there I said it. Yes it’s cute at first but after a while it’s just meh. I also don’t find Chris Pratt all that charming anymore, or maybe I still haven’t recovered from how awful Passengers was). There’s also more focus on the sister rivalry between Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) that’s not particularly interesting. The only parts I did find quite moving is the plot involving Yondu (Michael Rooker). Oh, they also added a new character Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and her banter with Drax is quite amusing.

I feel like the novelty factor of the first movie quickly wears off. What seemed to work in the original just seems recycled this time around. Even the retro music sounds kinda meh to me. Director James Gunn & co. seem to put more effort in having a visual spectacle than an engaging story, but then again that’s kind of what I expected from this sequel. Overall, it was entertaining for two hours but nothing sticks in my mind and definitely not something I’m keen on seeing again.

Colossal (2016)

I saw the trailer on Friday night and immediately decided to see it the next day. I decided I didn’t want to know anything about it other than the trailer, and y’know what, it’s refreshing to go see a movie rather ‘blindly’ like that.

The concept for Colossal is pretty bizarre and it’s definitely ripe for some comedy gold, but I find it to be a pretty engaging drama as well. The story centers on Gloria (Anna Hathaway),  an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in NYC when her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) kicked her out. So she moved back home to her parents’ abandoned house, while at the same time a giant creature came out of nowhere destroying Seoul.

In the trailer it’s made clear that there is Gloria is somehow bizarrely connected to this phenomenon, and when it’s revealed how, it’s really quite hilarious! I don’t want to give too much away because I really think you should go into this movie knowing as little as possible, but there’s an interesting message about friendship and taking responsibilities for one’s action.

It’s kind of a coming-of-age moment for Gloria, and her character evolution is quite believable.  I have to admit I’m not Hathaway’s biggest fan but she is quite effective and relatable here, which makes me root for Gloria despite her obvious flaws. I also like Jason Sudekis as Gloria’s childhood friend Oscar, who’s more than just a comic relief in the movie. However I feel like his character is oddly written, it’s as if the revelation to his true self seemed to come out of left field. But at least his character has an arc whilst Tim Blake Nelson and Austin Stowell as Oscar’s friends barely registered.

Overall I enjoyed Colossal immensely. It was amusing with some thoroughly enjoyable moments. I haven’t seen anything by Spanish writer/director Nacho Vigalondo before, but I applaud his originality and wit, even if the execution isn’t perfect. The movie is so absurd at times but therein lies the charm. It reminded me of Safety Not Guaranteed, which I also saw on a whim a few years ago, with a bit of Pacific Rim thrown in.

I highly recommend this one if you’re in the mood for something out of the box.

Well, have you seen either one of these? What did YOU think?

15 thoughts on “Mini Reviews of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 & Colossal

  1. I saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Sunday as I enjoyed it. It’s not as good as the first film or some of the other MCU films but I had fun watching it as well as the fact that it was also very touching. I really want to see Colossal but it’s too far from where I live as I’m not willing to spend money just to drive 30 minutes from where I live to see the film that I can get on DVD later.

    1. Hi Steven, yeah GOTG2 is definitely not as good as the first one. It was fun but so forgettable. I actually don’t find it touching at all apart from maybe Michael Rooker’s character. Colossal is interesting though, you should check it out.

  2. I was never a fan of the first Guardian film either, only saw it once at a theater and didn’t feel the need to see it again. I might rent the second one. As for Colossal, it looks interesting, probably watch it when it’s on Netflix.

  3. I had the same complaint about Guardians 2 feeling recycled, and that is too bad because I had high hopes! Decent but forgettable.

    Colossal, on the other hand, was a pleasant surprise and is definitely worth watching. Even with Sudeikis’ character taking such a sudden turn, the movie worked for me. It was fun to see it all unfold and it’s such an interesting blend of genres that it ended up feeling unique.

    1. Decent but forgettable is exactly how I’d describe GOTG2, Sean.

      Glad you also found Colossal enjoyable. It felt unique even with some familiar plot points, so kudos to that Spanish writer/director.

  4. I’m not gonna see Guardians any time soon because I refuse the pay for anything starring someone who treats animals like Chris Pratt does. Colossal was great though, I thought the twist about Jason’s character was realistic but still very shocking

    1. Yeah I think you made your position clear about Pratt in your RF posts. Glad you like Colossal too, I really wasn’t expecting that I’d like it as much as I did as I’m not generally a big fan of the cast.

  5. I really enjoyed GOTG2. I think for me it showed a surprising amount of emotional depth that kept me engaged. Besides the stuff with Yondu,i liked the stuff with Nebula and Gamora. And i haven’t seen Colossal yet but it has me interested. I’m not big on Hathaway but with the right material i think she does really well.

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