Collections: James Gunn
This movie followed the same tone as the first but seemed to want to beat the first movie’s premise and outdo itself in as many ways possible. Still bright and shiny and peppered with humour, this outing started to feel like Marvel were just trying to up the problem stakes to interstellar levels. We all know Thanos is around the corner so, I guess, we have to see the teams up against seismic odds beforehand. But is there a time that a movie can be too like its comic book origin and start to fall flat?
Although the mixed bag of trippy schlock gore and psychotic violence in places leaves you somewhat disconnected from the leads, the insight they show when not dealing out the retribution “between the panels” is very human and very introspective on the human condition. The ending – if you do not weigh too heavily on the OTT “wrenchtribution” – is strangely poignant and touching. Better than I expected, though I’m not one for ultraviolence.