Peter Quill and his merry band of misfits are at it again with kicking some evil alien butt. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has much of the same elements that made us fall in love with these characters. The laugher and sarcastic one liners, with Rocket and Peter providing most of the laughs. But don’t forget Baby Groot, who so lovingly gives us those adorable moments as the audience erupts with “aww…” With action scenes that make any lover of the genre salivate, the film takes a different turn, explaining what makes these characters truly tick.
The out of the ordinary film does not fail with its comedic genius. But what differs from this movie is the film’s mission to delve deep into these character’s personal lives. Though I feel that Drax was left out, mostly due to his personal life being divulged in the previous film, we find out a lot about this heroic gang. For instance, Gamora’s traumatic upbringing alongside her sister, Nebula. Or Rocket contemplating why he does what he does. But the main focus of the film is finding Peter’s true lineage as Ego (Kurt Russel) Peter’s father, comes to reunite with his long lost son.
Once again the film is written and directed by James Gunn, who in directing this film, basically threw out the rule book on how to properly make a superhero film. In a film series most associated with crazy CGI and “explosions every five minutes” Guardians Vol. 2 falls victim to the “sequel-itis” that plagues so many of our favorite franchise. I will say that this film is not as good as the original. Though it does give a valiant effort. For me, this film was bloated with scenes and characters that were unnecessary to the overall plot. The scene with The Ravagers as they take hostage some of our favorite heroes, is over saturated with dialogue and scenes that took away from the anticipation of where the story was heading. But probably the worst add on to this film were The Sovereign and the high priestess, Ayesha, played by Elizabeth Debicki. The inclusion of both the Ravagers and the Sovereign, can be a good contrast of what is onscreen, but falls short and actually hinders the film. With only a few laughs (haha, Taserface) it slowed the film down to a near halt, and I wanted those scenes to move on.
Even with the problem Guardians Vol. 2 faces, I still find it incredibly enjoyable. I have seen sequels with more problems and more obstacles to overcome. The film still offers a great storyline and hilarious characters. Not to mention the “groovy” music. Guardians Vol. 2 is a film that I will watch over and over again.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Written & Directed By: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, and Kurt Russell