There’s no getting away with it, when the Marvel Studio is firing on all cylinders they produce fantastic comic book movies. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is another incredible addition to the Marvel portfolio. From the first scene, where we see Baby Groot dancing to ELO’s Mr Blue Sky, the tone is set for a romp that is full of action, character development and humor. And oh that humour!
There are moments that seem to be inspired by Monty Python, as unbelievable as that may sound, and they work so well. Along with the gags, there’s a great soundtrack, only to be expected really as the first outing was largely responsible for a trend in finding retro soundtracks that compliment the film. Needless to say Guardians has got it right again, where oddly so many others have failed.
Storywise, the film cracks along at a great pace. After the first reel set up, we see the group divided and we get to follow the two tales as they unfold. It would really seem a shame to spoil any of this, the film should really be seen cold, so if you are a fan, take my advice and see it quick before you read any spoilers. Visually it is stunning too. Perhaps it’s the comic book nerd in me, but surely there was some influence from John Totleben’s work on Alan Moore’s Miracleman? If you see the movie and get the same vibe, please let the good people at We Have A Hulk know.
The effects and CGI are certainly up to speed. We watched in 2D, so perhaps a viewing in 3D is also called for here. Towards the end, I did feel some of the green screen just a little wobbly, but again that is just nit picking. For the comic fans that know their Marvel roots, there’s a whole lot of Easter Eggs to look for. Once again though, totally against grain, I am loathe to list them here. When you see them it will only increase your enjoyment of the film, and for a movie this good, I can’t bring myself to spoil!
My only complaint, if you can call it that, was a climax that ran on a little too long. There was a lot to get through, and it just seemed a little badly paced at the end. Sequels can be difficult but it’s amazing that they crew involved has pulled this off. It’s a masterclass in sci-fi film making and should be the bar that is reached for in the future. I can’t recommend this enough, please see it as it should be seen, on the big screen with a grateful audience. Roll on GOTG 3!