Battle Beyond the Stars: The Cinematography of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2’

Shot by Henry Braham.
By  · Published on August 15th, 2017

Shot by Henry Braham.

Among all Marvel’s many movies there is consistently great cinematography to be found; the films have reinvented the scope and artistry of ensemble action, but for my money, there’s one franchise within this cinematic universe that is particularly more dazzling than the others: James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Like an old pirate film (with TONS of CGI), Gunn and cinematographers Ben Davis (vol.1) and Henry Braham (vol.2) crafted a swashbuckling adventure flick complete with sweeping panoramas, epic action sequences, dynamic framing and composition – all with the buoyancy and levity of a slapstick comedy. You might not think cinematography can accomplish all that at once, but only if you’ve never seen either of the GotG films.

Volume 2 in particular is a feast for the senses, a vibrant, raucous ballet of images sewn together into a mellifluous, visualized “Whoo-Hoo!!!” Braham captured and conjured some truly remarkable frames and the best of the bunch, in turn, have been collected by YouTuber joshboy64 in the following supercut set to the smooth sounds of Glen Campbell’s “Southern Nights.” It’s a great little tide-over until the full film hits Blu-Ray and DVD.

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