Guardians of the Comic Book Legacy

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Guardians of the Comic Book Legacy

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


he wildly entertaining Guardians of The Galaxy: Vol 2, the sequel to 2014’s whimsical surprise superhero film, starts off with a delightful opening sequence that would be much more at home during the end-credits. In the scene, the adorable Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel; easily the movie’s best character, who deserves his own spin-off) is shown dancing around blissfully to Electric Light Orchestra’s peppy “Mr Blue Sky”. The four Guardians meanwhile – Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista) and “trash-panda” Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) – battle an enormous Octopus-like alien monster in the background.

This interminable splashy shot, featuring an action set-piece, could have gone down the conventional route, with the camera demanding attention on the swords, the blood, and the superheroes. Instead, the spotlight is on Baby Groot’s smooth moves.