If there’s one thing we can all admit is that Marvel’s mastered the art of making a movie with a large ensemble. They know how to distribute the on-screen time among major characters and this plays to the strength of the storytelling, evident, for instance, in The Avengers franchise.
Probably one of the coolest components added to the Marvel franchise has been James Gunn’s ability to bring music into the storytelling.
James Gunn returns to the fold as the director who layers this second “epic-er” space adventure around an “awesome mix” of tracks (complete track listing below) from decades past (‘60s and ‘70s) with an eclectic curation of artistes and groups like George Harrison (The Beatles), Cat Stevens, Parliament, and Fleetwood Mac (one of my favourite groups).
True to form, Gunn opens the movie with another musical introduction — and dancing. Let’s not forget that opening sequence from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 that saw the then unknown Chris Pratt (as Star-Lord) dancing, twirling, jumping, kicking (around reptilian-looking aliens) and skipping to the 1973 hit by Redbone, “Come And Get Your Love” (video below), as he listened from his Walkman.
DC Comics could take some lessons from Marvel on how you masterfully weave incredible music into a movie’s scenes. Suicide Squad for instance, was a complete disaster.
There’s something about hearing the tracks throughout the movie that brings to the fore all kinds of emotions for the viewer. It adds to each scene, instead of taking away from it. Each track is well-timed and well-placed to take the movie to a whole other level.
Gunn skillfully lifts the audience into space with the scale of his story, complemented by the masterpiece that was “Awesome Mix Vol. 2”.
Awesome Mix Vol. 2 | Complete Soundtrack:
- “Mister Blue Sky” – Electric Light Orchestra
- “Fox On The Run” – Sweet
- “Lake Shore Drive” – Aliiota Janes Jeremiah
- “The Chains” – Fleetwood Mac
- “Bring It On Home To Me” – Sam Cooke
- “Southern Nights” – Glen Campbell
- “My Sweet Lord” – George Harrison
- “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” – Looking Glass
- “Come A Little Bit Closer” – Jay and the Americans
- “Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang” – Silver
- “Surrender” – Cheap Trick
- “Father and Son” – Cat Stevens
- “Flash Light” – Parliament
- “Guardians Inferno” (feat. David Hasselhoff) – The Sneepers
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is again led by the humble Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) with his band of misfits that includes Gamora (Xoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista ), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel), who’s quite the scene-stealer.
“Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance.”
Additionally, we have Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) who the join the adventures of the Guardians as they cross paths with Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), the golden High Priestess and the leader of the Sovereign people.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 feels like you’re returning home now that we know all the main characters and Gunn’s directing and storytelling style.
It’s fresh, packed with laughter, action sequences abound, a bit of an emotional roller coaster, and entertaining from start to finish.
Volume (Vol.) 2 just kicked off the summer of blockbusters and Marvel has another winner on its hands already raking in $427 million over opening weekend, in addition to a 13-day international showing!
All things considered, this second installment could become Marvel Studio and Disney’s fifth billion dollar winner, joining the ranks of The Avengers ($1.51 billion), Age of Ultron ($1.41 billion), Iron Man 3 ($1.22 billion), and Captain America: Civil War ($1.15 billion).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a solid 9.5 out of 10! Grab a friend and go see it now!