– contains no spoilers, at all –
I would say that Guardians of The Galaxy are a Marvel, outside Marvel. At least until the Infinity War. The reason why is not only it’s completely unusual set of characters, but also the fact, that while all stories so far took us (at least partly) to Earth, Guardians remain with their story in Space, and that includes its second installment.
At first, I wasn’t too excited when Marvel announced this film, but it had Gunn’s name to it, so I was always gonna go, and I loved it profoundly. It became an enormous hit, giving us the second film. While the first one cared for the story and it’s continuity, this one is about at least seven different plotlines, it’s more of character development exercise. So, don’t go in it for the plot, because the plot is all over the place.
Having said that, it truly dives into the depth of characters without becoming cheesy, and that is for one reason. It’s humor. I never thought I’d say this about a Marvel film, but this is not a sci-fi, it’s a high space comedy, best one in ages. The one-liners are never-ending, the puns are brilliant and the sarcasm, priceless.
Can you even phantom a number of one-liners when Stark, Star-Lord, and Doctor Strange will meet? Because … I can’t.
From the first scene to it’s like six post-credits scene, it makes you laugh out loud, and even cry with laughter. It makes you feel good, and for us older, it has amazing, I guess Easter-eggs, that you will love! You will seriously loose it one of them.
The hint is in vol. 1
But if I do get to the stories itself. The best one through this film are those of Nebula and Yondu. For me, these two characters were really beautifully crafted. I loved Nebula from the first moment, partially cause it’s Karen Gillan, whom I love. But her portrayal and the really painful story of Nebula is brilliant, add Gamora to it, and it absolutely works. Yondu has his own painful Kree story and he really stands out in this film.
But we also meet Peter Quill’s dad and go checking out his timeline, the timeline, without giving anything away, is profoundly about not humanity per say, but more about what it means to be a being, rather than a power. But nobody really stands behind, you’ll fall in love with baby Groot, you’ll feel it for Rocket, you’ll have an understanding moment of Gamora and her regrets. It’s plenty separate but touching stories.
But the film prepares us for the Infinity War as well, thanks to Nebula we know more about Thanos and we see, that the fight is on our cinematic doorstep.
The last thing I must mention is the soundtrack. With the first Mixtape, Guardians did something, so many films tried to copy, but they didn’t really have any heart in it. Throughout the film, the music does not stand out as it did in the first film, but it’s still a hell of a fine collection.
Now it’s funky time, a feeling through the whole film. It’s all very funky, colorful, explosive with the hint of “what the hell?!!”
For me, I had a great time watching the film and I will definitely go again. It’s a hilarious Pacman cameo blast!
Did you see the film? What did you think?