In a visual sense, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is at the top of it’s game.
Take a look at the picture below of Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha: The Golden High Priestess and the leader of the Sovereign people, one of the first alien races we meet in this follow up to the phenomenal Guardians of the Galaxy.
In case the film poster didn’t do the job, this image gives you an idea of the vivid pictures hitting the screen in this mainly satisfying sequel that sees the unconventional gang of superheroes team up again to help Peter Quill / Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) learn more about his father “Ego” played by Kurt Russell.
Russell’s involvement provides an early hint that this film is keen to explore the “awesome 80s”, and he is one of many nods to this dubious cultural graveyard of this decade, with 8-bit video games, Pac-Man, David Hasselhoff, Knight Rider, portable music players, and Troll Dolls just the tip of the iceberg in director James Gunn’s tribute to trashy pop culture.
Mining the 80s must be the trend of the year with the upcoming Thor Ragnarok looking very 1982 in terms of an early teaser poster in the vein of the original Tron film.
Not to mention the big screen versions of CHiPs, Wonder Woman and Baywatch ( which did debut in 1989) which make you wonder if there are any stones left to turn in Hollywood.
Overall it is the visuals that kept me entertained as the story felt like it repeated a lot of the same notes of the first film and of itself. If it is eye-popping fun you’re into then it is hard to go past this one.