Gunn is unbound by the restrictions of a PG-13 rating, something else the material really needed. Hence, the film is vivid, violent and vulgar, yet at the same time, seldom feels pandering or gratuitous. Punctuated by gobs of gags and hilarious dialogue, the movie earns its dismemberments and f-bombs along the way. In fact, the whole thing plays very much like Guardians of the Galaxy without a filter.
This film is basically the anti-Michael Bay version of Transformers. Sure, there are still big transforming robots that wail on each other, but this film actually has a human story and more importantly a heart, that was missing from so many of Bay’s attempts.
I sometimes laughed out-loud, as I imagine a lot of people will. Fans of films such as Neighbours, Girls Trip and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates won’t have any complaints. As these things go, Blockers isn’t bad, but considering the cast and inherent potential of the premise, it could have been so much more.
Kay Cannon has taken the well trodden teenage sexuality comedy film and given it a good shake. I thought that I was done with these type of films after watching umpteen iterations of American Pie and the likes of Superbad. The latter was genuinely funny, with likeable characters and a simplistic plot. Blockers has similar plus points but also a split perspective plot that was surprisingly enjoyable.
It’s more of a psychological thriller that features the acting chops of Aaron Taylor-Johnson. That alone would have me interested anyway, because I think that guy is gold and he doesn’t disappoint.