05-12-2017 12:19 PM - edited 05-12-2017 12:25 PM
There are movie franchises that I care a great deal about, like Alien and Star Trek, and others that I really don’t that are still enormously popular, like the Fast and Furious and Friday the 13th. There are venerable film series that have been trundling along for decades with various degrees of success like James Bond. And then there’s Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, an ongoing series of films that have not failed to be excellent in nearly every way — even when I didn’t think they possibly could be.
The latest entry in the MCU, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, adds yet another achievement to this series of films that already includes Iron Man, the Mighty Thor, Captain America, Doctor Strange, and a host of supporting heroes — and villains — in it’s ever expanding roster. A film critic once described The Lord of the Rings as having more characters than the Bible. The MCU embodies this sentiment like no other film franchise since.
BEWARE: There may be minor spoilers ahead, but I’ll try to keep such things to a minimum.
So, I took my best friend to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the local Imax and saw the film in 3D. I didn’t think I would be disappointed and I wasn’t, but I was surprised by a few things. The film was very endearing for it’s heart. After Vol. 1 established all of the characters and their relationships, there was still a lot of territory left unexplored and Vol. 2 does an excellent job of starting to flesh out the characters. While Peter Quill aka Star-Lord was already pretty fully realized in Vol. 1, Rocket and Yondu get their moments as do Gamora and Nebula, and Drax and new character Mantis. While not so drawn out as to become maudlin, the deepening of these characters and the establishing of their interconnectedness works very well and is handled in fun and surprising ways.
Visually, the movie is stunning, but given the extremely high production values for these movies, it comes as no surprise. But the visual effects support the story by and large and are seldom gratuitous, albeit they often extend the hilarity of many of the action sequences. But some of the locations — particularly Ego’s planet — are both sumptuous and fresh with a depth of detail that is nothing short of breathtaking. Short story long, Vol. 2 was beautiful to look at.
While I will not run short of praise for this movie — it’s just that good really — it did have the feeling of being a “middle film,” a bridge between the beginning of a story and it’s eventual climax. This isn’t a new thing in the MCU: The Avengers: Age of Ultron also had the same general air of being a “middle film.” This isn’t necessarily a problem, however. In both cases a superior story was punctuated by more character details we the audience wanted to know. In Ultron it was exciting to find that Hawkeye has a family, for example, and that characters who begin as villains can be transformed before our eyes into heroes. Vol. 2 has much of the same quality to it. Nebula’s hatred for Gamora has unexpected and yet wholly logical roots in the context of siblings raised under horrible circumstances. Yondu’s history and Rocket’s turn out to be almost mirror images of each other, though at different points in life. Peter’s quest for his father ends in surprising places, unpredictably and with unexpected turns of events.
I would be loathe not to mention the movie’s soundtrack. The song choices from Peter’s “Awesome Mix Vol. 2” bind the film together just as successfully as in Vol. 1. From the opening strains of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky” (a lifelong favorite of mine) in a truly inventive opening sequence to the final notes of Cat Stevens’ “Father and Son” at the end of the film, the music serves as the heart of the film, Quill’s mother’s touch on the proceedings.
Vol. 1 turned out to be one of my favorite films of all time and Vol. 2 will certainly be cemented right there with it. I will probably be seeing it again before it leaves the theater, something I never do. You can bet I’ll be getting my copy when it comes to home video too.
Pre-order Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
05-18-2017 06:54 AM
Can you confirm if there will indeed be another steelbook for Vol.2 like they did for Vol.1? If so is there anyway you could post up a link to pre order it? I am with you this is a must own!
05-18-2017 08:27 AM
Thank you for your message. I obviously share your interest in this title!
The studio/distributor has not yet announced an official home video release date. Generally speaking, the full product details are not revealed until such an announcement is made, so I can only recommend that you visit BestBuy.com from time to time as the latest and greatest information on this title will be reflected there when available.
I hope this helps. I'm grateful you wrote to us.
06-06-2017 08:43 AM - edited 06-06-2017 08:45 AM
Good question! I saw this movie during opening weekend, and I absolutely love it. I can understand why you'd want to pre-order it as soon as it becomes available.
While we do have select versions on BestBuy.com right now, I'd suggest keeping on eye on our Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 page here. I can't say for certain we'll have a steelbook version, but if we do end up having one, that should be where it's posted.
08-04-2017 11:52 AM
It's fantastic that Best Buy is offering up a steelbook version that includes 3D for this awesome movie! Any chance you could do the same for the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales?
By the way, I do realize Best Buy is offering a steelbook for Pirates, but the ones currently listed do not offer 3D. Perhaps 3D could be added before their release in October...
08-07-2017 04:20 PM
I'm glad to hear you look to Best Buy for your steelbook edition movies. I am a fan of steelbooks myself, so I can understand your interest in seeing a 3D version for the next movie you've got your eye on; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
I have looked into this and I regret to inform you that we won't be carrying a 3D steelbook edition at this time. If that does change down the road, you'll see it first on BestBuy.com.
Have a great day,