Right, girls and guys. I know you’re excited about this one. And nervous.
Guardians of the Galaxy was one of 2014’s unexpected triumphs. It’s loved for its brash charm, subtle quirks and audiovisual excellence. Great characters, a sharp script and the perfect blend of predictable comforts and unexpected twists. The stage is set for the sequel to be utter kak, then.
Sorry to disappoint you, but we have a proper winner in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It’s not perfect, but yuslike it’s fun. The CGI was superb. But you knew that because, in this regard, Marvel can’t put a foot wrong. I’m talking about the extended universe that began with 2008’s Iron Man here, so this praise does not and cannot find its way to flicks like The Amazing Spider-Man, which was bang-average, and The Amazing Spider-Man II, which was genuine shite.
The soundtrack was great. Perhaps not quite as effervescent as the first film’s, but still really, really good. That may have something to do with the fact that I was expecting to be a bit let down by the songs, but they were expertly selected.
There was brilliant character work in Guardians 2. Star-Lord and Rocket stand out in terms of the consolidation of their characters; they remain consistent in the face of the perennial shitstorms that swirl around them. Then, there’s some lekker character development as Drax the Destroyer begins to find a sense of humour. Also making welcome strides forward is Yandu; the blue dude with a whistling technique that’s the envy of every manager in world football and the super cool arrow that he commands with said whistling technique.
Best of all in terms of characters is Groot. I like him so much that the idea of watching a movie with Vin Diesel in it now sounds preferable to wallowing in a puddle of my own excrement. Almost.
Of the many good things about this movie, the best is humour. God, it’s funny. There were about 25 occasions where I laughed out loud. Unashamedly. And most of the people that packed into the IMAX theatre at Cape Gate joined me. It was stuff that most comedies fail to achieve, let alone blockbuster superhero flicks.
Look, Guardians 2 isn’t perfect. There’s a particular sub-plot that irks, which I’ll say no more about. Except that I suspect it’s a necessary swamp to trek through in preparation for future films. There are also a handful of moments where the comedic writing feels like it’s trying too hard. And a couple of the cliches that the genre seemingly can’t go without. This movie won’t be for everybody.
All things considered, this is a wonderful and entertaining way to spend two hours of your life. It’s sharp, slick and stylish. It may lack the panache of Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and the sense of epic resolution offered by Marvel efforts like Iron Man and Logan, but this is a thrilling ride.
We knew before release that Quill, Gamora, Rocket and co are going to link up with the Avengers at some point in the distant future. Guardians 2 is an awesome reminder that these dudes don’t need anyone’s help to be the most thoroughly awesome protectors of the universe.
PS: Watch this thing in cinemas. Please.