The juggernaut continues its reign over the movie world and shows no signs of slowing down. Also known as MARVEL, their newest addition to their ever-expanding universe, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is all but guaranteed to outperform all expectations just as every previous MARVEL film has done before it. I think MARVEL is what Pixar used to be; the company that made no mistakes. Then, Cars 2 happened and everything kind of crashed back down to reality. It wasn’t a total loss, damages have been repaired and Pixar is as strong as ever but now the magical realm of doing no wrong is vanished. If MARVEL is to repeat the mistakes of Pixar, it’s yet to happen and if I had a guess based on what I’ve seen of future projects from MARVEL, their batting average will remain off the charts for quite some time to come. Vol. 2 carries this torch of high expectations with with immense bravado and charm. The Guardians have most certainly returned.
A world created in Vol. 1 is expanded upon in Vol. 2 with great attention to character backstories, story arcs started in the first finally reaching their satisfying conclusion in the sequel, humor levels reaching new heights, and the soundtrack for this second outing is as every bit as memorable as the first.
James Gunn returns as the captain of the ship as both writer and director of this gang of ruffians who come together with the same charm and quick wit that made the first so memorable and brave. Chris Pratt continues his takeover of Hollyweird as Starlord, the lovable, cluts of a hero who manages equal parts chaos and saving of the day. His unspoken love continues for Gamora, played emphatically by the always lovely, Zoe Saldana, who upkeeps the toughness and fearlessness that Gamora is revered for. The gang is back in full swing with Dave Bautista as the always dry, yet somehow simultaneously hilarious Drax, Bradley Cooper as the bitterly loyal Rocket, and by his side is the new craze for cute sidekicks, Baby Groot voiced by the very non-baby Vin Diesel.
The visuals continue to be outstanding and unsurpassed as space life truly comes alive here. Spaceships zoom and defy danger, lasers scream above head, monsters of unimaginable size and horror roar to life as MARVEL continues to push the envelope of computer generated imagery to its limits and demands every time to go even further.
Described as equals parts space adventure and comedy, Vol. 1 set a standard continued in Vol. 2 with joke after joke inserted into the very fabric that is the heart of this film and these characters. There’s always an acknowledgement from the filmmakers and the characters that serious things are taking place but they always present the idea of laughing at it, however serious it all may seem. The integration of jokes is something that must feel natural and akin to the personality of each character and everything from writing the jokes to delivering them, Vol. 2 is taut full of great memorable humor that will have everyone chuckling from start to finish.
Where this might falter at times, it’s picked up by its charming characters, the wit they posses and the immense set pieces that glow with unyielding beauty. If I had any kind of gripe it would be a small one having to do with direction of story. For a while, it isn’t really clear who the villain is. I realize people who know the comics already had an idea but judging the film on its own, it’s a bit up in the air for a while. But in those moments of not knowing, it’s filled with charisma in both writing and performances alleviating any apprehension to continue on until an antagonist is finally revealed. And when it’s crystal Pepsi clear who the bad guy is, it’s a lot of fun and seriously entertaining.
If you liked the first, you will have a damn good time with this second outing rocking to the tunes of some serious classics that will have you toe tapping and singing (quietly, it’s a movie theater) along as you laugh and rejoice in the return of the Guardians we now all know and love. Remember… WE ARE GROOT!
Rated PG-13 For: sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive content
Runtime: 136 minutes
After Credits Scene: 5 of them. MARVEL is going nuts.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Kurt Russell
Directed By: James Gunn
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 4/ Acting: 4/ Directing: 4.5/ Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 4.5 Nerdskulls
Buy to Own: Yes
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