Film critic Chuck Koplinski joins the Morning Show for this week’s version of Friday Flicks and is discussing the much anticipated sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and a moving foreign film in Frantz.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (Starts Friday) The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) true parentage. The tone and theme of this entry is darker than its predecessor as it focuses on the thorny relationship between Quill and his father Ego (Kurt Russell). However, there’s still plenty of fun to be had as James Gunn provides many moments of effective ironic comedy while the cast – Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Michael Rooker – are allowed to plumb deeper into their roles resulting in a far more poignant conclusion. 3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 136 minutes. AMC, CAR, HAR, ONA, SAV.
Frantz (Starts Friday) In the aftermath of WWI, a young German woman (Paula Beer) who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman (Pierre Niney) who visits the fiancé’s grave to lay flowers. A sense of melancholy hangs over this film before it gives way to a modicum of well-earned hope. The debilitating nature of grief, the healing power of mourning and the power of forgiveness are all touched upon and rendered with sincerity and power in this complex and beautiful film. 3 ½ Stars (Chuck Koplinski) Rated PG-13. 111 minutes. ART, NOR.