Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Galactic Sequel With Flaws [REVIEW]

Back again with my movie review!

Sebulan berlalu setelah review terakhir tentang film Beauty and the Beast. Sekarang we’re going to talk about one of the biggest, ever happening movie universe, dan salah satu film yang bernaung di bawahnya, yaitu Guardian of the Galaxy Vol.2.

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Official Theatrical Poster (Source)

Just a reminder; meskipun film ini sendiri sudah rilis sekitar seminggu yang lalu di Indonesia, jadi tiap review film yang aku tulis bakal spoiler-free. So don’t expect me to go further into the movie’s details, as much as I want to, karena nggak mau mengurangi minat mereka-mereka yang belum nonton. I myself hate spoilers so damn much tho, jadi harap maklum.

Alright, back to the Guardians.

Bercerita beberapa waktu setelah film pertama mereka, dimana mereka sukses mengalahkan Ronan, para Guardians kembali melanjutkan petualangan mereka. Di sekuel ini, cerita berfokus pada Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) yang bertemu dengan ayah kandungnya yang telah lama hilang dari bumi, Ego, yang diperankan oleh Kurt Russel. Now you may see Ego as a loving, long lost father figure for Star-Lord. But a lot of things went down throughout the movie. It was madness, really.

One of the good qualities of the movie is the way of how James Gunn, as the director, managed to fit in each of the characters’ background into one fun-filled movie. Selama 2 jam 18 menit, kamu akan disuguhkan sepercik cerita dan hidup para Guardians sebelum mereka bekerja sama dalam satu kelompok. You’ll find out about what started the rivalry between Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan), what makes Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper) such an annoying a-hole, and a lot more. Semua itu disuguhkan sepanjang durasi film dan tanpa kamu sadari kamu akan merasa mengenal para Guardians lebih dalam. Bahkan kamu akan merasa iba dengan salah satu anggota Ravager dan motivasinya sebagai karakter. And then you’ll be shocked, I won’t tell you why. Trust me, it almost got me in tears.

As usual, I was always mesmerized dengan visual film ini, bahkan film pertama sekalipun. Either I just really love space and galaxy or I’m too much of a fanboy, tapi visual yang disuguhkan dalam film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 ini bener-bener enchanting. Apalagi scene pertama, dimana para Guardians harus bertarung melawan alien untuk menyelesaikan quest mereka, bener-bener eye-opening and jaw-dropping. Bukan hanya karena kita ditontonkan Baby Groot yang menari mengikuti alunan lagu jaman 80-an, yang menjadi ciri khas film Guardians of the Galaxy ini, tapi juga dengan humor serta dialog yang dilontarkan dengan timing yang pas hingga membuat film ini sedikit konyol (in a rather good way tho). Namun sayangnya, beberapa joke dan dialog yang muncul di beberapa adegan terasa sangat berlebihan dan kadang terdengar norak. As much as I love a good humor, the movie sometimes delivered it in a very over-the-top manner. Some even made me cringe so hard I want to giggle like a bitch.

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The Guardians with Mantis, Yondu, and Nebula. (Source)

Untungnya, humor-humor garing itu bisa terlupakan berkat betapa sangarnya para aktor melakonkan peran mereka, tak terkecuali pendatang baru, Mantis, yang diperankan oleh Pom Klementieff. Meski tergolong salah satu karakter baru yang dimunculkan di sekuel ini, Mantis really did stole my heart. She’s just really innocent, cute, and likeable. I was genuinely hoping she’d get more screen time, tapi yah, sebentar pun menurutku sudah cukup. Toh masih ada film ketiga nantinya. I was also started to like Yondu (Michael Rooker), who was sort of visually annoying in the first movie to me, finally made me realize that jerks sometimes had the biggest heart than anyone else. He was instantly became one of my favorite characters in the sequel, thanks to his badass fighting style as well as his background story. Drax, yang diperangkan oleh Dave Bautista, pun di film kedua ini memiliki kepribadian yang lebih kompleks namun semakin easy-going dan less hard-headed. Nebula (Karen Gillan) was less developed tho, tapi at least di sekuel ini dia lebih memiliki sisi “human” dibandingkan di film pertama. Dia lebih menunjukkan bagaimana dia berusaha untuk menyelesaikan pertegangan antara dia dan Gamora (Zoe Saldana). Oh, expect a lot of new characters introduced in the movie, yang salah satunya diperankan oleh Sylvester Stallone, plus salah satu karakter yang cukup terkenal di universe Marvel (Hint: quack-quack).

Nevertheless, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is simply a visually enchanting movie, with a not-so-typical fighting scene that you’d normally see in superhero movies, as well as roller-coaster of emotions and twist throughout the movie. Jujur saya, aku pribadi nggak mengharapkan sekuel Guardians of the Galaxy bisa “semulus” ini. It wasn’t perfect, but merely a very well-made sequel with some redeeming flaws. If I have to be really, REALLY honest, sekuel ini masih belum bisa mengalahkan keseluruhan cerita dan daya tarik dari film pertamanya, tapi dengan plot yang diisi fun and laughter, serta dibumbui dengan lagu-lagu soundtrack yang manis (Father and Son by Cat Stevens is dope!), cukup membuat Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 sebagai sekuel yang apik.

Also, seperti layaknya film-film Marvel lainnya, don’t leave your seat! James Gunn said that it has five credits scenes and he’s not kidding; it really is. You’ll see familiar faces as well as a potential villain for the upcoming movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Score: 8/10

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You should watch it. Obviously. (Source)
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