Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 blasts away any doubts I had that they are my favorite super heroes.
If you didn’t know me, you would still probably know my ability to be irked by literally everything breathing and not-breathing, has no limits. And of course, the never ending Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t excluded. I didn’t really like The Avengers, I really didn’t like Thor. I guess Iron Man okay. But there was one of the movies that I really liked, Guardians of the Galaxy. Go ahead and hate me, but that movie is amazing. I even own the soundtrack on vinyl. So I was pretty damn excited to see the sequel to the best marvel movie ever made. And did it succeed in entertaining me like the first one did? Overall, absolutely.
Director and writer James Gunn has done it again with a movie filled with endless humor, great characters, and absolutely gorgeous scenery. I just need to take this moment to declare James Gunn’s writing, along with Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Bradley Cooper’s acting as the best I’ve seen so far this year. Yes Zoe Saldana is great as well, but her character just isn’t given the same opportunities for comedic presence, and I guess I’ll have to blame Gunn for that because she’s still great in the role as Gamora.
What Vol 2 does well, is that it expands on the characters exclusively, and not the world. We’ve already gotten used to big space societies with multiple planets and cultures blah blah blah so Gunn focuses only on expanding the characters we love. This movie focuses primarily on Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s background and meeting his father finally, played by Kurt Russel. There is a great story there with lots of interesting backstory and a whole new character arch for Star-Lord that makes his character grow extensively. Chris Pratt just kills it in this role, and I just want to see him act in more and more movies. Kurt Russel is good as his father. I can’t really say too much without spoiling so I’ll leave it at that. We all know Kurt Russell is a great actor so there’s not much more to say.
We also get to learn more about Gamora’s history and aggressive rivalry with her sister Nebula. This story is very sad and handled well overall, but I think it is sometimes introduced to the viewer, then tossed aside for a little bit, then thrown back in. While it’s a compelling story there that I would love to learn more about, it isn’t given as much time as it deserves.
The best part of this movie is by far, Rocket and Drax. They have the best lines, best chemistry with each other and the other Guardians, and are just all around fun to watch. Rocket has some hilarious interactions with Ravenger leader Yondu, who is awesome in this movie. Now what can I say about Baby Groot? He’s adorable, funny, and doesn’t overstay his welcome in the movie. He’s a perfectly balanced character who is a pleasure to see on screen. He and Rocket are as awesome as ever. I am Groot.
Vol 2 is overall a gut busting comedy with good drama when required. There are moments of fear, anger, and great sadness at times, and the sad moments honestly didn’t affect me that much. There were times where the movie was trying to be more sad than I guess a Guardians movie should be, and the emotion just wasn’t present. It wasn’t a bad moment in the movie, I just kinda sat there shrugging my shoulders at it. The ending is also very abrupt, kinda just coming out of nowhere. But here’s the thing, overall, this movie is great, and just thinking about it, makes me want to rewatch it. It’s not as good as the first, but that’s rarely the case so I can’t be mad about that.
I waited to discuss the soundtrack until the end, cause it deserves it’s own section. I won’t disclose any of the songs in the movie because that was my big surprise. The song list is pretty damn fantastic and overall, has the same glorious presence as it did in the first movie. Sometimes, new songs are thrown in a little quickly, kinda like the editors just wanted to add as many songs as possible, but overall, the songs are solid, and give Vol 2 the nostalgia that this series has.
Today, I am Groot.