The Movie: 8/10
Guardians of the Galaxy is just plainly and simply, a good friggin’ time! I give it a high score because it is the kind of escapism that truly puts a smile on my face, distracts me from the human world around me and beyond, while making me consider a few things in the process. Yes, it even made me THINK! Imagine that if you can. We have the same characters, but a few new ones in the mix to add to our brood of galaxy saving heroes. I won’t go into each one, they are all fun and/or interesting in some way that makes me happy to see each of them on the screen.
The action is big, as big as a planet! That has to be a good sign for any Science Fiction Action Adventure Romantic Comedy flick. Whew! We have a bad guy this time who wants to rule the universe, well, they all seem to want to do that in this branch of Marvel stories. Kurt Russel is no longer Snake Plisken, more like his evil twin ethereal brother, and no eye patch…bummer. He makes a good villain, for the most part. I didn’t feel much of a threat from him, even when his goo was infiltrating what looked like lots of planets. It just didn’t feel that menacing for some reason. I think the idea of a dude who wants to be alone in the universe, except to have his son around to help give him the mojo to destroy everything, is the hook. It’s just creepy.
We get all the one liners, and the bigger set pieces of seeing places around the galaxy which are colorful and intriguing, but alas, no more giant skulls. The thing is, that giant skull was from one of the same types of beings that our Snake is in Volume 2, so we do get a bit of a back story on what they are all about, those “godlike” entities. I hope they become more and more a part of the Guardians story, they shake things up more than some little dudes who need weapons and man/alien power to do their bidding, like the Sovereign folks, all decked out in gold skin and kind of uptight. They are powerful, but only because of their technology and weapons, not because they can manipulate matter the way the Celestials can.
Overall is a good time, with a few emotional nuggets tossed in for good measure. Star Lord and his father issues are here to give him one more thing to be sad about:) It’s just the kind of movie you can enjoy without much thinking or effort, and that’s my kind of distraction:)
- Guardians Inferno Music Video (4 Minutes) – The Sneepers join David Hasselhoff in a 1970’s tribute to the Guardians.
- Visionary Intro (2 Minutes) – James Gunn introduces the film, the intro contains mild spoilers so don’t choose on your first viewing.
- Bonus Round: The Making Of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 (40 Minutes) – A 40 minute look at the making of the movie split into the following four parts. In the director’s chair with James Gunn. Reunion Tour the music of Guardians Of The Galaxy, Living Planets & Talking Trees: The Visual Effects Of Guardians Of The Galaxy, Showtime The Cast Of Vol 2.
- Gag Reel (4 Minutes)
- Deleted Scenes (5 Minutes) – Adolescent Groot Extended, Memorial Of The War On Xandar, Kraglin & Quill Talk Tunes, Drax Feel The Sadness Extended.
- Audio Commentary With Director James Gunn
- 4KUHD, Blu-ray & Disney Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 7.5/10
How can I criticize this cover? It’s fun and reminds us all of the characters and adventures that make Guardians of the Galaxy such a good time. I would have this as a poster, as long as I could have the first one along side it.
Audio & Video: 10/10
This is the first Disney/Marvel release on 4k UHD and Disney are not messing about when it comes to picture quality. This transfer is vibrant, sharp, and has so much shadow detail with HDR it’s simply amazing to look at. The digitally filmed image is completely noise free and is easily one of the best this year.
The 4K release has a Dolby Atmos track that is stunning, but the Blu-ray disc omits that and comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track. Both tracks are stunning and immersive but it’s odd Disney chose to leave Atmos off the table for regular Blu-ray owners. Both tracks are amazing though you won’t be disappointed.
Overall Score 8/10