Are we hooked on it’s feeling? Still high on believing?
The first Guardians came as a bit of a surprise for most people. The superhero genre all felt very similar in theme and style, Vol. 1 tore that apart. The colourful nonsense, the fast paced comedy, excellent soundtrack and the total freedom Guardians had from the rest of The Marvel Cinematic Universe let it run wild with its story. It didn’t have to be limited in the way that some of the other Marvel films may be when existing all in the same universe. It was great fun and still stands as one of my favourite MCU films to date.
Thanks to the first I was hugely excited for VOL. 2 and overall I was pretty happy with how it’s turned out. Not overjoyed but middling. I left knowing I’d had fun but a little bit disappointed with a few things.
Firstly let’s just get this straight out… It’s not as good as the first. The story in the first was tighter, the soundtrack in the first was a million times stronger and VOL. 1 had you care more for the characters. The issue I had with VOL. 2 is that it all gets just a little too silly. Now I know these aren’t grounded in as much realism as some of the other Marvel movies and you could argue that’s what makes it stand out from the other ones, but by the end of this film the guardians survived so many ridiculous things and pulled out the most fortunate items just when they needed them that it became obvious that nothing was going to kill any of them… (Take note, I like to call this “Fast and the Furious syndrome”) In the final act I just didn’t care what was happening anymore. It also became just a huge CGI fest of flying around, smashing through rocks and entered the realm of nonsense that DC is usually guilty of.
That’s only really the final act though, everything before that I thoroughly enjoyed. The jokes this time around were particularly strong (Drax and Mantis being the stand out moments) and baby Groot is impossible not to love. Visually the film is gorgeous. The use of colour, design and the straight up imagination of the source material is outstanding. Its eye popping throughout and although weaker than Vol. 1, the soundtrack is pretty good. Vol.1 arguably has better known songs that helped but for me any soundtrack that features “Spirit in the Sky” “Hooked on a feeling” “I want you back” and “Escape (The Pina Colada song)” was impossible to better!
As mentioned before, the humour was great, however there are times it risks ruining some of the tension in the film and some jokes border on cheese… Also without a clear villain in the film until much later on it all feels a little messy. At one point in the movie I was like, yeah this is great, I’m laughing, but where is this going?
It must be said that the chemistry between the main characters is fantastic and builds on the relationships from the first film, I genuinely enjoyed all the scenes where they interacted with each other and Rocket teased some really strong character development. I hope they build on that in the future Guardian films, he’s a complex racoon.
Somewhat let down by its loose story and disappointing climax. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is still a fun ride through the cosmos which is dripping with style and humour.
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