I have to admit something. This is difficult for me. I’m not sure how you're gonna take it. But… I didn’t like Guardians of the Galaxy that much when I first saw it.
I know, I know. But let me explain. I remember I’d had a really stressful day and I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. However, I got to see it again a couple of days later at the premiere in Leicester Square (fancy, I know). I was in a much better mood then because I happened to bump into Joss Whedon on the red carpet.
Fun story, I was watching my good friend and YouTube queen Louise Pentland have her photo taken by a swarm of press when I heard someone say "is that Joss Whedon?" I turned around and there he was. He had a walking stick which was unusual. Maybe making the second Avengers film had really taken it out of him.
I had to say hello, I literally slid between two of my friends to get to him. I shook his hand and asked him how making Age of Ultron was going. He said: "Great. Nothing is going wrong", and walked away. Perfect. Now I was in the right frame of mind for Guardians of the Galaxy. I didn’t care that I was sat on the front row and was destined to get neck ache. I’d just met Joss Whedon, nothing could ruin my good mood.
Something that I specifically loved about the first movie, like everyone else, was Groot. To make an audience care and empathise with a CGI tree that can only say three words is nothing shy of amazing. Fun fact: writer and director, James Gunn wrote down what Groot would actually be saying so that Vin Diesel could interpret that into "I am Groot." It sounds silly but I think that really comes out in his performance.
I’m looking forward to seeing how this progresses in the sequel with Baby Groot. In my opinion, the soundtrack for the first film, Awesome Mix Vol. 1, is one of the best curated albums in recent cinema. It was such a perfect selection of tracks that I don’t know how they’re going to top it for Vol. 2.
However if what we’ve heard so far in the trailers is anything to go by, then I’m excited. I love that James Gunn chose to include pop and rock music for a superhero film. It’s reminiscent of Richard Linklater, who is famous for making very low key character movies like Boyhood and Dazed and Confused. Recreating that type of tone in a big budget movie really makes it stand out.
I'm eager to see what Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has to offer. Obviously I’m keen to see the action scenes and to hear the soundtrack. But overall I’m just looking forward to spending two more hours with the characters. There’s such a great chemistry between them all, which is especially impressive as 2/5 of them are totally CGI.
Don’t worry, I’ll make sure to bump into another famous director before I see it to make sure I'm in a good mood.
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Jack Howard is a writer, director and actor. He regularly makes content for YouTube, is developing a movie and his sitcom series - 'Jack and Dean Of All Trades' is currently available on the Fullscreen platform.