This week, Y’s movie critic, Kevin McIndoe, shares his views on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Revenger, Vincent N Roxxy and Overdrive.
Most sequels can often be about as entertaining as a GCC conference. Put simply, we tend to have seen it all before.
And as for surpassing the original; forget it unless it’s The Godfather Part II or Aliens.
Happily, in this, the moviegoer can sit back, relax, and not have to worry if this is a worthy successor because it is, and then some.
And for those of you worried that another inter-galactic fight fest might be a tad on the tedious side, think again.
Director James Gunn has got it covered and he’s moving the action, and some of the characters, on.
While Vol I was about uniting the most enigmatic outlaws in the universe, this time around the team has to stick together while working through some issues.
And the usual suspects are back: green-skinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana); a walking tree (voiced by Vin Diesel); follicly-challenged muscle-man Drax (Dave Bautista); cosmic, plastered-in-blue-paint rogue Yondu (Michael Rooker) and foul-mouthed raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper).
As Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) tries to uncover the mystery of his parentage, Gamora has some deep-seated family issues with her nasty sister Nebula while Drax may have found love.
Even the grandparents will love this, as there are plenty of timeless classics from the 70s peppering the movie soundtrack, such as Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain, or George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord, and yes they work rather well
It’s so much more than superhero slapstick with moments of Marvel-esque bon mots. Take the whole family and enjoy. It’s two hours of your life you won’t want to get back, and will remember for a good while.
Review by Kevin McIndoe
After waking up and discovered she has undergone gender reassignment surgery, the assassin (Michelle Rodriguez) has to hunt down the venal doctor who did the deed. This is an action-thriller that some may find enjoyable but it is based on a premise that is, at best, crude and immature; and at worse, offensive. Sigourney Weaver co-stars but she really should exercise more care when selecting character parts. This is the kind of straight-to-DVD-type tripe that film distributors think is OK to dump onto an Omani audience. Don’t fall for it, folks. Vote with your feet and give this infantile film a body swerve.
When small town loner Vincent (Emile Hirsch) and feisty punk rocker Roxxy (Zoe Kravitz) fall in love, they find their path of true love has a lot more bumps in the road than that of most other couples. Pretty soon, they find themselves on the run while violence follows them everywhere they go. While it seems like a simple tale of star-crossed lovers and a romance ridden with problems, it’s actually pretty good; a chick-flick that guys wouldn’t be embarrassed about saying they have seen it. Both protagonists are outstanding, the writing and dialogue incisive and perceptive, and it is paced well. A delight.
Two brothers, Andrew (Scott Eastwood) and Garrett (Freddie Thorp) are car thieves who want to beef up their business in luxury and vintage cars. When hired to steal a Bugatti valued at one million euros, they head to the south of France to take the job on. But when they get caught, the car’s owner Jacomo Morier (Simon Abkarian) is not best pleased, to say the least. If they want to carry on living, they will have to steal a Ferrari belonging to his arch-rival. This is a good, old-fashioned action thriller that’s a lot of fun. Pity Scott’s dad, Clint, wasn’t behind the camera, though.
Oman Release date: June 22