Guardians of the Galaxy is a celestial space painting that maintains the fun of the comic book genre with bright lights, witty banter, and a great soundtrack to overlay what is another great achievement for every VFX artist, writer, and cinematographer who worked to make this film an enjoyable and successful sequel.
Not only did GOTG provide you with the same dysfunctional camaraderie from its predecessor, the movie improved upon itself by focusing a lot on the look of the environment in which the guardians exists. There was no need to change the status quo. A space adventure is another adventure with the same characters from the last iteration —just insert villain or problematic situation here and there you go, mission complete.
If you read comics, then you know sometimes the storylines are not as important as is the art behind the new villain or world your characters enter into that issue. That is what creates excitement and intrigue and page-turning delight, and with GOTG vol. 2 each scene transition was like a visual swipe of a large page to that next great big screen image.
Quill against and background of white and yellow surreal geometrics shapes. The use of the close-up to capture the true moment of a certain expression or reaction was right out of Jonathan Demme’s scene crafting playbook. And the celestial lights, c’mon! They were just as beautiful of a sight to see in this movie as they are from the many images NASA provides us on a daily basis. Just take at this image recently taking in Guatemala of a volcano erupting into the stars.