We are living in the age of the geek. From the revitalization of ‘Star Wars’ to the resurgence of the super hero drama, there is almost nothing that we can complain about. Okay, we could spend some time rattling off the errors of the DC Universe but we won’t do that. After all, ‘Justice League’ is around the corner and they can’t get that movie wrong — right? No, we’ve never heard of the ‘Suicide Squad’. Shifting gears, let’s talk about a franchise that has never been anything but wonderful — ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. The second entry in the Marvel franchise hit theaters just last weekend and fans are already glowing.
If you spaced out and missed the fist ‘GOTG’ then you dodged one of the most pleasing and fun cinematic experiences of the last few summers. Forget the fact that this is a super hero movie, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ was a surprisingly fun and exceedingly mature entry into a genre that can go low-brow far too often. Led by Star Lord (Chris Pratt) the Guardians of the Galaxy are a motley crew of second-rate super heroes that end up in the spotlight far more often than they’d ever expect. James Gunn (‘Slither’) sits comfortably behind the camera, bringing to life a colorful palette that most Marvel directors have been averse to touching.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ steps up everything that we loved about the first film while bringing a mature evolution to the characters inside of the story. We won’t give any spoilers but we will say that newcomers Kurt Russel (Ego), Sylvester Stallone (Stakar), and Tommy Flanagan (Tullk) all add a ton of color to one of the most exciting ensembles in the business.
What we were most nervous about when ‘Vol. 2’ was announced was that the team of writers would jump the shark. It would be easy to cave to popular opinion and make this a film to sell Baby Groot merchandise. While Baby Groot plays a big part of the film, they don’t overload the cheese. Instead, we get a multi-layered picture that focuses on each unique member of the ‘Guardians’ ragtag bunch. The movie plays on Peter Quill’s past, explores his future, and does a darn good job of bringing it all together.
The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise has turned out to be a major hit with audiences. This second installment into the franchise is going to go bigger. It is not just going bigger on the action and the plot, it is also going bigger on format. In other words, people are going to be encouraged to see the movie in IMAX. One thing about IMAX is that it is considered the best way to watch movies. For one thing, the picture is huge for 70MM IMAX theaters and the sound outshines regular cinemas. Therefore, people are given a reason to enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 on such a huge format.
The IMAX format of the film is going to be given a treatment that the action films that have been released on this format have been known for. It is going to have shifting aspect ratios. The movie is going to be presented in 2.39:1 for some scenes and 1.90:1 digital IMAX ratio for some of the bigger action scenes. One thing that people should keep in mind is that this film has not been shot with IMAX cameras. Therefore, there is not going to be a change in the resolution like in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight films and Interstellar as well as the upcoming Dunkirk.
Fans who want the biggest experience will do very well to enjoy the film in IMAX. Of course, given that this is a big event film, there are also other big formats that people can watch it in as it depends on the theater that they are living close by. The important point is for people to get the largest experience that they can get with this film.
One of the good things about these larger premium formats is that it takes people back to the days of 70MM presentations with a huge screen and a much better sound system. People got to enjoy full immersion into their films.