Can a young man first born in the American Midwest to a seemingly average pair of young lovers find out that he is supposed to become a god and be immortal? Can one be a god or angel (or human-looking alien from another planet) and not know it until some initiation in young manhood? Maybe Chris (or Christian, like in the Sibelius King Christian Suite) is the best name for such a character or the Hollywood star who plays him. Donald Trump would never suspect a thing; his travel bans won’t apply to UFO’s from other planets.
That seems to be the gist of the new franchise sequel, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” written and directed by James Gunn (based on the Marvel comics series by Dan Abnett).
Minnesota-born (from the Iron range) Chris Pratt (remember him as the teenager “Bright” in the WB Series “Everwood”) plays the archtype superhero Peter Quill, or Star-Lord. Chris, approaching 38, does look a little more weathered, and as I recall had at one time gained weight, which he shed. Now, well post-adolescence, there is a mop of hair decorating the middle of Chris’s chest, which is at risk from the laser probes through his bod toward the end. (That also happened to the young Clark Kent on Smallville near the end of Season 2, resulting in a keloid scar for a few episodes.) Chris’s character needs to add some art to his people skills: how about singing bel canto, playing piano, directing plays, and making short films. He does carry others on his back.
After a prologue set against the disco radio music of 1980, we jump to 2014, when Peter (who, without relativity, would be the same age as Jesus during his ministry) visits the High Priestess (that was the name of a friend’s cat when I lived in NYC) on a golden throne in a golden palace in a city on some other planet looking like Dubai. He’s sent on a quest to find his father and his ancestry. How he gets past the speed of light barrier is not explained. Does he rent a digital holographic replica of his body from Hertz when he streams instantly to a new planet? Oh, they show in him spaceships with a co-pilot Rocket, a talking raccoon with voice of Bradley Cooper. And there is a little wood spirit (whose learning abilities play a critical role in the resolution at the end) with voice of Vin Diesel.
There are some other planets, like one with an open market in what looks like a town in Siberia, but he finally meets his real father, Ego, played by a foppish but aging Kurt Russell. Ego has created his own living planet in his name, the size of the Moon – making us wonder how it has near Earth gravity. (Ever notice how these planets all have the same atmosphere as Earth?) Ego wants to expand, so that the entire universe (or at least Milky Way Galaxy) becomes him. The planet has wonderful scenery: organix spires of plant material, with red and violet colors as well as the more common photosynthetic green. Are any of these planets tidally locked?
We do see planets explode at the end, at least Ego. And there is a scene where a blue mass (remember “The Blob”, which was pink) encroaches on a town (is that back in Missouri?)
And finally, after Peter is reassembled one last time it seems like he will become a god whether wants to or not.
Remember the pretext of the NBC series “The Event”, where Jason Ritter’s character saves everyone but doesn’t know he is an alien?
Wiki chart of sizes of exoplanets known so far.
|Name:||“Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2“|
|Director, writer:||James Gunn|
|Format:||2.35:1, 3-D, IMAX|
|When and how viewed:||AMC Potomac Mills, Woodbridge, VA, 2017/6/4, late, small audience|
|Companies:||Marvel, Walt Disney Pictures|
(Posted: Monday, June 5, 2017 at 6:15 PM EDT)