At the Movies: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Review

Happy Monday, folks!

I was able to get to the movies this past weekend and see Marvel Studios’ Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 2. The sequel opened with $145 million domestically and climbed to $428 million worldwide. That’s a lot of money. Is it worth seeing though? I say yes. Stick with me for my complete thoughts. There are spoilers from this point on.

GOTG2 focused on the guardians getting into trouble after Rocket steals very expensive batteries from their client, The Sovereigns This, of course, caused discord amongst the team who split for a time with Peter, Drax, and Gamora going with Peter’s father Ego (played by Kurt Russell) to his planet, which Rocket, Groot, and a recently imprisoned Nebula stay with their wrecked ship. It turns out that Peter’s father is a celestial who wants to use his son’s inherited powers to spread his essence and take over the universe. The team reunited and partnered up with Yondu, Nebula, Kraglin, and new character Mantis to take down the celestial and deal with the Sovereign fleet.

What I Liked

Just like the first film and Doctor Strange, the film was nice to look at. The special effects and the set designs, especially Ego’s planet. There were so many colors and things to look at. I really enjoyed all the character development. We got back story on Yondu and learned more about Nebula and Gamora’s childhood. They did a good job of showing how complicated Nebula is and how her relationship with Gamora is the same. Although those moments tried to make me emotional about every five minutes, it was important for us to get to know the characters better. For some, the Guardians felt like strangers compared to the Avengers and its familiar characters like Iron Man and Captain America.

The humor was great. When Yondu, Rocket, and Kraglin jumped to Ego’s planet, I was almost in tears watching their faces warp. Some of my favorite moments were the Mary Poppins joke and Drax’s sensitive nipples. Baby Groot brought a lot of humor to the film as well. His post-film teenage Groot scene was great. For the characters, Mantis was a really good addition to this sequel. The dialogue between she and Drax was fun and introduced the character, who she is, and who she can be well.

The In-Between

The mutiny that happened on Yondu’s ship was needed to pull the character away from the ravagers,  but from what we learned in the first movie the ravagers were kind of like family. For them to turn so violently on not only their leader but their crewmates startled me. I wasn’t sure if I completely believed they would go as far as launching their crewmates into space to die. I never saw them as murders, just thieves.

Ego spent millions of years planting his seed figuratively and literally on a bunch of planets. How is it that none of those planets noticed a foreign plant impacting their ecosystems or giving off some kind of energy. For Earth and the Midgard dimension, the Asgardians and other aliens species like the Kree have visited. Wouldn’t they be able to notice something otherworldly? Am I just thinking too hard about this one? Also, if you want someone on your side you certainly don’t tell them you killed their mother.

There wasn’t anything I disliked about the film that much to go into detail about it. On a side note, I did like the soundtrack from the first film better than I did this second film. The plot was good for the most part and the pacing was okay. There were just characters who got more screen time than they probably should have. For example, Taserface. Great character for a moment and to cause problems, but I was ready for him to go by the time he met his end.

There weren’t any valuable mentions of the infinity stones so it looks like we’ll have to wait until Avengers: Infinity Wars to figure out how the Guardians end up on Earth. Maybe the Sovereign’s creation of Adam Warlock in the post-credit scene will do the trick.

I’m going to give Guardians of the Galaxy a B.

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