Say “I am Groot” to your new favourite Marvel Movie

Marvel hits a home run yet again in a stellar phase 3 performance with their latest big hitter, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper return as everyone’s favourite Intergalactic idiots as they battle each other as well as a handful of enemies ready to destroy them around every corner. The not so goody two shoes Avengers blast back onto the big screen and into our hearts in a rib-tickling, raucous ride.

This movie is the most vivid venture even put to film. Guardians 2 is the first Vista Vision 8K movie ever to be shown in cinemas and director James Gunn really tried to highlight its potential by filling every inch of the screen with deep-coloured deeds and glowing glad rags a plenty. Gunn is a director who clearly loves this franchise and that shows in how enjoyable this movie is. He clearly has put a lot of effort into his masterpiece by constantly tweeting and vlogging about it. His editing choices for this flick are a force majeure of cinema.

 

Once again, the GotG soundtrack is yet again an unfathomable delight. Featuring classic heavy hitters like The Chain by Fleetwood Mac and Wham Bang Shang-a-Lang by Silver it doesn’t quite hold up to the first Awesome Mix Tape. It’s clear that the main song on the EP, Mr Blue Sky by ELO is one of the more enjoyable songs on the track, need it be reminded it is one of the most cliché tracks in the history of movies. It’s right up there with All Along The Watchtower, Chariots of Fire and Sympathy for the Devil as one of the most overused songs in cinema. A real shame but far from the biggest crime – an obvious sense of nitpicking has taken place here.

The usual “It’s really good but not as good as the original” again takes form. Guardians 1 was a masterpiece for Marvel and although this film is a very, very good addition to the overcrowded MCU, it ultimately doesn’t live up entirely to its predecessor. And yet, you simply cannot take away how good this movie actually is. Strong action, amazing humour from characters who were undeveloped in the first, like Drax, and a Stan Lee cameo that makes you question what his role is in the entire MCU.

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Kurt Russell, star of The Hateful Eight and John Carpenter’s The Thing takes on the Guaridans as Ego the Living Planet.

So, the not so good. The humour is on point at times. And yet, jokes about whether Ego has a penis or the size of the Guardian’s turds just didn’t feel right. Normally, Marvel humour is well-timed quips and banter, not juvenile toilet humour. Poop jokes can be left to one side as the movies are aimed just as much at kids as adults, but Penis jokes? Really? Yes, the Guardians are a little more adult than the Avengers, by no means Deadpool standards but you get the idea. But it really begs the question, was that too much for kids? This is me clutching at straws here but even so, is this sort of humour necessary in a space adventure movie? After all, you didn’t see Poe Dameron or Finn make dick jokes in The Force Awakens.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 shows that Marvel has taken their strengths into the stratosphere and beyond in their latest outing. Putting the crudely unnecessary jokes aside, the Guardians are back and shine brighter than a dwarf star. The once considered bottom of the barrel comic book fodder are now the world’s favourite comic book family. A talking baby tree, a raccoon weapons expert and thief, a giant beast of a man with a faint grasp of the english language, a green lady and a wise cracking human – They’re the Guardians of the Galaxy and they’re the stars of your new favourite Marvel movie.

Would I recommend this movie? Yes. My goodness yes. Even if you don’t love superhero movies you’ll love this one. It’s funny, sad, enjoyable. Imagine an arguing family playing monopoly on a rollercoaster in funny costumes – that is this film. It has the perfect blend of everything crammed into one. Despite not being as good as the first, it is still a beautiful barrage that bounds Marvel ahead of all of their rivals and into your hearts once more.

Remeber to stick around for the post-credit scenes!

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