Hey everyone, Jason from Jack-FM here with my very first “official” movie review!!
First things first, huge shout out to MovieBob over on YouTube. I agree with, and will be sharing, a number of his thoughts on the movie. You can find his movie reviews HERE… They’re a bit irreverent, but I love his take on films.
I made my way down to the Cinerama last night for my second viewing of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I was lucky enough to go to the sneak preview on Monday, so having seen it twice I can definitively say that it’s an amazing movie.
One of the biggest things that Marvel Studios has going for it is that they’ve got making movies like these down to an art. Marvel movies are EVENTS. We wait for them for months, sometimes years. When they hit, it’s an explosion.
With that said, one of the things that MovieBob brings up is that it’s hard to compare Marvel films to every other movie out there. You kinda have to compare them to the rest of that pantheon of movies, and that’s a really cool thing. Another of MovieBob’s observations is that one of Marvel Studios’ struggles is with consistent sequels. Iron Man 2 wasn’t as good as the original, same with Thor 2, Avengers 2, etc. The outliers are Captain America: The Winter Soldier and now Guardians of the Galaxy VOl. 2.
One of the things that I love most about James Gunn is how he is able to craft a story with so much detail put into the characterizations of the leads. This sequel, while brash and vibrant like the first, is also deeper. We get to know the characters so much better. Also, Gunn has done a fantastic job of teasing the audience with the trailers & marketing materials without spoiling the major plot points & hooks of the film itself.
We get fantastic moments with each character, and in the end… all I want is to see more.
There are a TON of easter eggs to find too, nods towards Thor: Ragnarok, a few subtle winks to the comic reading faithful, and one of the best Stan Lee cameos yet.
Speaking of cameos, a lot has been speculated about Sylvester Stallone’s character in the film, and I’m not going to spoil anything. Let’s just say that I truly hope we get to see him in Vol. 3.
I had a number of truly favorite moments in the movie, and one of them happens right as the title card & opening song rolls. Needless to say, the music in the movie is fantastic & finely crafted; each song punctuating the moment perfectly, & lyrics that either touch directly on the action, or subtly in the background.
The original cast is just great, but the newcomers are where the movie really shines. Kurt Russell is a godsend (literally) to this movie. His panache & charisma work so well with Chris Pratt, and the two of them together are really wonderful. For those of us who were wondering how they’d be able to tackle a “Living Planet” without it being cheesy, have no fear… Michael Rooker as Yondu was also one of my favorite performances, and I’m glad we get more of him on the screen.
The pairings in this movie help it come together as well. Ego & Star Lord, Nebula & Gamora, Drax & Mantis, Rocket & Yondu, Baby Groot & well… EVERYONE.
I’d also like to mention that I saw the movie both in 3D & on a regular screen, and I have to say that I much prefer it in 3D. There are a bunch of little things that just felt “flat” on the regular screen, but came alive and made the movie pop in 3D. If that sort of thing is your jam, I highly recommend it.
A few final thoughts: While the Bechdel Test is ridiculously easy to pass, blockbuster films rarely do. I’m happy to report that there GotGV2 passes in multiple occasions. The future of the franchise is going to be interesting to watch, with three separate movies tying into this one. (Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, & Guardians Vol. 3)
All in all, I loved it. It’s not the same as the first movie, and that’s okay. It has action, it has laughs, it has a wonderful story, but most importantly, it has heart, and that’s where James Gunn has really outdone himself on this one. I can’t wait to see more.