It’s the first weekend of May and you know what that means? No not love is in the air! It means Marvel studios is kicking off the summer movie brigade with another one of their “super” superhero movies. In this case, the mercenary team takes to the stars again in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starring Chris Pratt and a bevel of other characters to lead the charge. Will this intergalactic spoof take us to intergalactic heights, or has it burnt out like a white dwarf? Robbie K is back with another review, and as always, I appreciate the views. Let’s get started shall we.
- Visual Style
- More Action Than the First
- Comedy Gold
- Another golden soundtrack
Summary: When guardians comes to mind you probably think of a lot of… weird things. However, if you get past the trippiness of the idea, you’ll see some impressive visuals to get your adventure going. Marvel studios once ore shows of their special effects prowess, bringing you a display of interstellar stars, explosive laser fights, and unique planets with odd environments. Guardians 2 will have your eyes watering at all the explosions of color and the beautiful actors that inhabit the artificially created setting. And no lie, it certainly warrants a look in 3-D given everything they stuffed into the film.
Yet with the impressive displays comes the ability to add edge to the movie, and volume 2 brings it in spades. While certainly lighthearted at times, the second addition to the franchise is much darker than its predecessor. Graphic deaths, hate filled dialogue, graphic violence, and some disturbing visuals are just some examples of this edge, and warrant caution when bringing the kiddos to see it. Good news though, this edge also dropped a barrier holding back the action, because Volume 2 is loaded with more battles than its predecessor. Much like Star Wars, the ship and laser battles are loud, flashy, and suspenseful (at times), feeling like a haphazard mess that is perfect for this galaxy. It is not the most spectacular, but it gets the job done and brings loads of laughs with it.
Speaking of laughs, Guardians biggest selling point is the comedic gold buried in the star filled void. The film got a lot of things right, including dynamic comedy styles, such as innuendos, insults, and clever references, each balanced to keep the chuckles coming. And it was only amplified by the fantastic timing and delivery by our talented cast of actors. Of all the cast, I think Rocket and Drax are the funniest, with Drax’s lines being the best timed and delivered, while Rocket had the edge and best writing. Bottom line is, I have not laughed this hard at the movies in the long time and hope you enjoy it as much as I did. One last thing, the soundtrack is on point again filled with a variety of classics to make your toes tap or get that last emotion out. In addition, they use some of the songs as a fantastic comedy device, once more illustrating the creativeness at Marvel studios.
- Action is not dynamic
- Drawn out/Cheesy moments
- Semi Lame villain again
- The story elements not as tight
Summary: This section was hard to come up with, but here were a few things on the weaker side for me. It starts with the action. I know, Guardians is a comedy movie, but it still portrayed with heavy action moments. To some degree this is true, but the action is not as dynamic as some of Marvel’s other films. Much of it is simplistic shooting and monotonous ship battles that slightly differ with a setting change or a different ending to the conflict. When they try to add a little diversity, these moments become drawn out, overdramatic moments that feel like something from the third matrix movie without the intense suspense. They do get points back for some clever spoofs and supporting dialog, but Guardians has a lot of work to do in the action department to rival some of the greater films.
One thing that could help this is to actually cast or develop their main villains to have some more bite to them. In this film, I had difficulty determining who was going to be the primary villain, which made a lot of those drawn-out moments and “suspenseful” battles lacking to me. Why they keep trying to make these grandiose blowhards whose skills are pathetic is beyond me, but hey grandiosity is the Guardians attaché. Something else that was hard to get on board with the looser story design of this film. It wasn’t linear, and much of the arcs didn’t seem to tie together as I think they envisioned, that is until the end where things hastily tied up. And for me, there was lots of obvious foreshadowing that gave much of this movie away, and if you pay attention you can have everything predicted in 15-30 minutes. In addition, the Nebula arc had some guts behind it, but still didn’t sit well with me given all the stories crammed into one movie and how incomplete they felt at times.
The epic trailers did the movie justice, for the most part, and Guardians 2 has plenty of awesome factors that will entertain the masses. It’s special effects and action are exciting, and the edgier atmosphere opens up for darker plots and comedy that many will like (alongside the killer soundtrack). Yet the story isn’t as put together and some of the drawn-out moments could have been edited down to restore the balance they were seeking. Nevertheless, and as if I could stop you, this movie is one for the theaters, though I warrant caution to those looking to take young ones due to the edge of the film.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 8.0