Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and characters from the classic comics come to their aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
2017, 2160p, HDR10, Dolby Atmos, Rated PG-13, 2 hours 16 minutes
2.40:1 Aspect Ratio, (comes with Dolby Vision if you use on-line streaming via Vudu)
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Davis Bautista and Kurt Russell
Directed by: James Gunn
Violence: Yes (no gore)
Well, Mr. Gunn managed to capture lightning in a bottle twice with this one. I loved the first installment, but found this one to top it. The characters are more finely developed and we get to see inside each of the Guardians and find out some of their secret longings. In this case, they are mostly coming to grips with the fact that they are “family”. Quill gets to finally meet his father, but that doesn’t turn out well. We can’t pick our parents, but we can pick our associates. I found this adventure to be full of hilarious moments that made me laugh out loud. I almost never laugh out loud, so this is a big deal for me.
Groot is in this just for the “cuteness factor”, but he steals every scene his is in. Rocket is as irascible as ever, but learns some important things about himself. Drax is by far the most hilarious as he tends to say things without filters, all the while being clueless. I know the movie was a bit long, but the time flies by with lots of action interspersed between exposition and character development. Favorite line: “Look Y’all. I’m Mary Poppins!”. Highly recommended for the whole family.
The picture in WCG is often jaw droopingly wonderful. The only other movie I can think of that looks like this are a few scenes from Pacific Rim, but even that pales compared to this universe. The planet EGO is one of the most stunning CGI creations I have ever seen, with colors that explode and details of the palace interior that make my eyes ache just trying to see it all. HDR makes thing pop out well with super bright whites and inky blacks. Sound is great with lots of great music from the 70’s. The whole sound field is very aggressive and remarkably clear. Crank it up! I wish this film were released in Dolby Vision, but no one can complain about the HDR10. Streaming Vudu gives you this movie in DV, but with some compression inherent with streaming. Get the physical disc if you want to see all the details.
Over 80 minutes of extras are included along with a BD disc. Making Of, Visionary Intro, Inferno Music Video (David Hasselhoff style), Gag Reel, 4 Deleted scenes and an Audio Commentary. My set came with a poster, too. Nice.