So Guardians has been out in UK cinemas for about 2 weeks now, and at the time of writing this I’ve been lucky enough to have seen it twice already, so I thought I’d take some time out to share my thoughts on it with you. I’ll do my best to keep it spoiler free and hopefully if you haven’t seen it already I can convince you to part with a few hours of your time to give it a try.
This is of course the sequel to the 2014 Marvel film Guardians of the galaxy, and volume 2 has been left with some pretty big shoes to fill, the original film was, in my opinion, a refreshing change from some of the Marvel films that came before it and this was due to it’s clever balance of humor and also heartfelt more serious moments. This was perhaps the thing I was most apprehensive off going into my first viewing, a mix like that can be difficult to create one, let alone a second time.
I didn’t need to be worried, right from the first maybe 5 or so minutes we had already experienced this unique blend, from initial flash back scene in 1980’s Missouri to the humor of the opening title credits I had a good feeling right from the start.
Fast forward 34 years and we join our unlikely group of heroes working for the Nova core to carry out various tasks across the galaxy, this particular job from the Sovereigns protecting highly sought after and expensive Annulax batteries, in return for their work they are given Nebula, Gamora’s sister, who was being held hostage and set about returning her to Xander to collect their bounty. Of course this would have been made farm easier if Rocket hadn’t decided to help himself to some of the batteries.
The Sovereign go after the guardians and an impressive space battle ensues, Star Lord is visibly annoyed at Rocket for causing this and the continue to argue as they fly, narrowly making it through the battle they crash land and their ship, the Milano, sustains serious damage. Rocket notices that during the battle against the Sovereign they were aided by another ship they didn’t recognize, and short time after landing the ship joins them, this is where we meet Ego and Mantis.
Star Lord, Drax and Gamora end up going with Ego and mantis back to their planet while Rocket and Groot repair the ship while keeping an eye on Nebula, on Ego’s planet Peter learns more about his parentage and how he ended up leaving Earth with Yondu, meanwhile Rocket is ambushed by Yondu and his group of ravagers and taken hostage.
As we learn more about Peters heritage it becomes clear that all is not what it seems, meanwhile Rocket and Yondu end up setting aside their differences to work together to warn Star Lord and the rest of the Guardians what’s about to happen if they stay on Ego’s planet.
The humor is in my opinion as good as the first Guardians film, which speaking to other I know is something the fans were worried about, that it wouldn’t live up to the expectations set by its predecessor, luckily I didn’t find this to be the case and thought Drax in particular had some really funny moments. Of course the friendship between Rocket and Groot also provided some really funny moments, and they are possibly my favourite pairing from the Marvel cinematic universe.
For me what really made this film great was the in depth character development, although, for the most part, the film focused on Star Lord and where he came from, we got to learn a lot more about not only the other Guardians but also about Nebula and Yondu in particular. I definitely left the cinema with a different opinion on some of the characters than I went into it with, and this is a credit to the story telling.
The film was quite heavy with new information to digest but it was well paced throughout and I never felt bored or overwhelmed by what was going on and this made it an easy watch. As in the first film the soundtrack, awesome mix volume 2, was brilliant and really added to the feel of the film, I know it’s something I’ll be downloading soon and playing over and over in my car alongside the first. It’s still stuck in my head now and it’s been at least 4 days since I last watched the film.
Of course, one of the best things about Marvel films are the post credits scenes, and get comfortable because volume 2 does not disappoint, with 5 post credit scenes you’ll be sure to get your moneys worth out of the cost of your ticket, and it has already left me excited for the next installment.
Overall I really enjoyed this film, and although for personal reasons I found some of the subject matter quite difficult to watch, I do think it is an equal to the first film and one I will be watching again soon. Its quite a long film with a total running time of 2 hours 16 mins but it didn’t feel that long watching it. I think the guardians series is quickly becoming my favourite of the Marvel films and would highly recommend viewing!
Have you seen guardians? What did you think? Drop me a comment, as always I’d love to chat and hear your thoughts.