Warning: Some minor spoilers lay ahead.
Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2 begins not too long after the previous movie left off. You’re introduced to the adorable Baby Groot, who will immediately win audiences’ hearts with his funky dance moves. The script is quite hilarious from the start, with plenty of laughs to be had. But beyond the laughs, there is also a lesson to be learned in the film about the importance of family — especially non-traditional ones. Blood is not thicker than water, and Quill learns that the hard way.
So the plot offers a nice balance between action, adventure, comedy, character development, and there’s even a bit of romance, so much so that the story stands on its own. That said, we highly, highly, recommend watching Guardians in IMAX 3D. The director filmed with IMAX 3D in mind, and it’s done in a beautifully artistic way that will also keep you at the edge your seat. This was actually the best 3D movie experience we can recall to date. The 3D experience felt less gimmicky and instead more seamless with the filmography.
Oh, that Walkman! Guardians isn’t just about special effects and neat 3D views, but also the music. Its 80’s inspired soundtrack is a ton of fun and will make you want to dance in your seat at times. Speaking of the ’80s, the film is also packed with plenty of hilarious cameos and Easter eggs — think Howard the Duck, David Hasselhoff, and Pac-Man to name a few. Heck, the whole movie is really a treasure trove of geeky ’80s references.
Guardians is the most enjoyable, lighthearted superhero movie we’ve seen in the past few years. So much so, that even those who didn’t see the first movie in the series can jump right in and enjoy it. This is because despite being set in a far away universe, the script is very relatable.
Guardians starts playing in theaters on May 5. Make sure to stay through to the end of the credits — not only are the credits funny, but the story continues there.