Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 – ★ ★ ★ ★ Theatrical Review
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the most anticipated Marvel movie of the year…until the next one was teased. The first Guardians of the Galaxy movie was a huge and unexpected success. Those sorts of films are hard to follow up on, and the pressure to recapture lightning in a bottle is incredible, fortunately James Gunn was up to the task.
Our band of spacefaring misfits are at it again, now they’re charged by the Nova Corps to safeguard the universe…. or to guard the galaxy. This time though, we get some more backstory to the characters, and a few of the mysteries from “Vol. 1” are answered. Learn! how Star Lord, a seemingly ordinary human was able to handle an infinity stone! See! the development of a recently resurrected Floral Colossus! Discover! the secret of Peter’s father! Watch! as Taserface hunts down the Guardians for the Sovereign! Shudder! as there could be a traitor in the ranks of the Guardians! Cry! as certain key characters actually don’t survive the movie! Laugh! at the excellent banter between the Guardians! Be amazed! Be amused! Be entertained! Because that’s what the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is really all about.
I managed to make it out to the theatre with my brother to see Guardians Volume 2, and we were the only two people there. Granted, we did go rather late into the run, and we went to the late show on a Sunday night. The nice thing about being the only two people in the entire theatre was that we could talk about the film freely without upsetting anyone. Of course we did switch off our cell phones, we’re not animals. We didn’t actually talk that much, but it was nice to be able to say “wow” or ask what something was, or comment or predict/guess something without getting nasty looks.
Guardians Volume 2 was a wacky, funny, action packed, fun, popcorn flick. And I liked it just fine that way. New characters were introduced, new ideas, and new locations in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The banter and humour was constant and well done once again. The special effects were excellent, and everything seemed to have been amped up to at least equal the first film. All the main characters delivered exactly what I expected, and I even managed to enjoy Karen Gillan this time around, something that didn’t really happen last time. Michael Rooker’s Yondu got an expanded role in the sequel, and it was quickly rewarded with an excellent, almost standout, performance. There may have been a few too many characters, and sadly, once a movie or a franchise becomes popular, all sorts of “big name” actors come out of the woodwork and are thrust into roles they might not normally take. I enjoyed Pom Klementieff as Mantis, and Kurt Russell was really good as Ego, Peter Quill’s father, but I thought that Sylvester Stallone was just kind of thrust in there, with little explanation. Apparently his character is supposed to be big in future movies, but I, a rather big comic book nerd, had no idea who he was, or why I should care about him, or even agree with Stallone being cast. All that aside, you can tell James Gunn really enjoys his job, the characters and everything about the Guardians of the Galaxy, and ultimately so did I.
Bottom Line: Even though it’s one of the better selling soundtracks in recent years, I think I like “Awesome Mix-tape Vol. 1” better than Volume 2. Sure Mr. Blue Sky by E.L.O. was nice, The Chain by Fleetwood Mac was great, and I loved George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord and Come A Little Bit Closer by Jay and the Americans is one of my all-time favourite songs, but the rest of the arrangement didn’t wow me as much. Ah well, still a really good soundtrack.
Posted on 17-07-11, in 4 Star, Comic Book Movies, Movie Reviews and tagged after the credits, Baby Groot, Batista, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, comic book movie, Dave Bautista, Drax, Drax the Destroyer, Ego, Gamora, Groot, Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn, Karen Gillan, Kurt Russell, Mantis, Marvel, Michael Rooker, movie, Nebula, Pom Klementieff, review, Rocket, Rocket Racoon, Sean Gunn, Stakar Ogord, Stan Lee, Star Lord, Sylvester Stallone, Vin Diesel, Yondu, Zoë Saldaña. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.