Marvel over the past few years have been on a hot streak with their films. Of course, Avengers: Age of Ultron was not all that great, but it still met the quality that Marvel is known to deliver on the silver screen. Phase One of the MCU was dominated by the most mainstream characters such as Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, but in the middle and the end Phase Two, Marvel took a risk and released movies for the Guardians of The Galaxy and Ant-Man. Even though both are excellent, some might say that the Guardians were the better film and probably the most loved from the two and maybe even the whole MCU.
Before the Guardians movie came out, some fans were a little worried about how they would handle the team, but casual fans of the movies were also not sure about the characters and were not as “hyped” for the film as they would have been for any other. In the end, James Gunn delivered an excellent film that surpassed all expectations and more. The film had a good story, excellent soundtrack and visuals, great character development and dialogue and most important, it was fun. After such great success, fans were wondering if we were going to see a sequel and the answer to that was, obviously.
Now after 3 years, the wait is over. For anyone wondering if this movie is good, I have one thing to say and that is, obviously. To start the review off, I’ll talk about the visuals. Volume 2 looks just as good as the first movie and better at some points. This time around the guardians find themselves on new alien planets that are colourful and vibrant. These new areas feel more comic book sci-fi than Hollywood’s interpretation of comic book sci-fi. If anything, these environments look like they were ripped right out of the Guardians latest comic run. Everything stays interesting and throughout the duration of the film the viewer never gets tired of any of the visuals. Characters in the movie still look great and true to the comic or at least the post-Guardians Vol. 1 comic designs.
In the first movie, music played a huge role and it was part of the story to an extent. The soundtrack gave added to the films character and tone and made it that much better. Not only did it simply aid the movie, but the chosen tracks were so memorable that the soundtrack sold extremely well too. Sadly, in Volume 2 the soundtrack is pretty good but not as memorable as the first. It doesn’t ruin the movie, but after seeing how well it worked for the first I was hoping to have a stronger soundtrack in the second. In general sound design is excellent once again and everything sounds great in the theatre.
Many have been worried that the story of the second might not be as good as the first, well my answer to that is not what you might be expecting. First off, do not worry, the story is good and keeps you interested all the way until the very end. I would not say that the story is better or worse, but instead the two are on par with each other. Volume 2 is about Star-Lord meeting his long-lost father Ego.
Without getting into heavy spoilers, this movie deals with the theme of family once again. Throughout the film many questions about Peter Quills origin and left-over from the last are answered satisfyingly. Aside from the main characters from the last and Ego, a new character is introduced. Mantis travels alongside Ego and I am extremely happy to say that she adds to the films humor, as she works extremely well with Drax.
The humor in Guardians is once again top notch and feels natural in the context of story but also fits the characters very well. Talking about humor, one must bring up the character dynamics. The dialogue between our heroes is excellent, as the tone is sarcastic and the feeling of unlikely partners continues to exist even though their team-work skills have become much better. Even though the main team is still them, they have matured a tad, especially Peter Quill. Please take that as lightly as possible because he is still very much the immature, sarcastic galaxy saver we love.
The romantic relationship between Gamora and Peter is still part of the film, but it continues to stay ambiguous about where it stands. It isn’t overbearing to the extent of constantly hearing about it, but instead it comes up at the right times and is used to the advantage of the story. Writers have made it in such a way that the viewer doesn’t prioritize thinking about it, but instead they hope for the best when it comes up.
Overall, Guardians Volume 2 lives up to the hype and even surpasses it in some points. Being someone who absolutely loves the first one and considers it the best Marvel film, I am extremely happy with what they delivered. Something I noticed in Volume 2, was how much more “comic booky” this film felt than any other Marvel movies. Not really sure how to describe this, but everything from the new environments to the way the story is structured, it felt much more like a comic book made into a film rather than Hollywood taking a comic book and making into a film. Of course, the Hollywood feeling is still in there, but it is minimal. In conclusion, the Guardians of The Galaxy are back with a new adventure that is better than the first. Our final score is 8 out of 10