Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 Review
It is summer blockbuster season, and you know it’s time for a Marvel movie. With a movie or three coming out each year from the Marvel-Disney franchise, fans are anxiously waiting for each chapter until Infinity War. This chapter is the second addition to The Guardians of the Galaxy.
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The Guardian of the Galaxy: Vol 2
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff and Kurt Russel
Picking right up from where the last movie left off, the gang is still together and seemed to have increased their reputations as “Guardians of the Galaxy”. We are reunited back with Gamora, Star-Lord, Drax, Rocket, and now the Baby Groot, as they continue being the mix-matched group that they are, all to the soundtrack to Peter Quill’s Awesome Mix Volume 2 of his mix-tapes (Hence the title).
We are invited right into an intense but blurry fight of 4 against 1 giant toothy, alien monster who is after batteries. It blurry because of the new heartthrob, Baby Groot, takes center stage as he dances adorably to the beat of Vol 2, while the rest basically struggle to hold their ground. This introduction of credits and the movie title is the perfect way to describe these Guardians films, a wonderful kaleidoscope of colors, punch-drunk fighting and awesome music. Isn’t that what the 80s was all about?
The Guardians are shown to be hired by an alien race called the Sovereign, which reminded me of an army of C-3POs with model bodies but the same dry speech patterns. In return for protecting these special batteries, the Guardians are paid with Nebulas, Gamora’s half-sister. Unfortunately, our favorite Trash Panda, Rocket decided to steal these special batteries “because he could”, which jumpstarts this movie into the chaotic space oddity of survival that we loved from the first movie.
I won’t go into too much detail about the plot of this movie so I won’t ruin the ride for anyone wanting to see it when it comes to DVD/Blu-Ray. I will just touch on certain points here and there, but this will be a spoiler-free review.
The first Guardians touched on an overall theme of losing family, to gaining one in an unconventional means. If you really thought about it, each member of the Guardians lost something or someone from their “family”. Yet they gained a family in the end.
Now in the second chapter, family still runs a very strong theme throughout the whole movie. The biggest plot point is the addition of Peter Quill’s father, which immediately brought to attention in several previews and in the beginning of the film. Kurt Russel plays Ego, Quill’s father who finally comes out hiding and is a major role in this movie. This is also the reason why Quill could hold the Infinity Stone, which was hinted at the end of the last movie. Finally, we get the answer to what Star Lord’s other half really is.
Nebula is brought back for a little family bonding time for Gamora. While Yondu and the Ravagers get in on a déjà vu hunt for the Guardians.
Along with Ego, we are introduced to Mantis, a female looking alien with antenna, who has the ability to feel or manipulate feelings from being to being.
After a couple of space dogfights, explosions, crashes, and fights of superiority the Guardians are split up to drive the main plot forward. But this kind of makes the movie grind to a halt because it had been so fast-paced and sporadic, slowing down felt a little odd. This is where many of the main characters open up, and we are introduced to many of the Guardians origin stories, which really ties up some loose ends from the previous films.
It does all come back together when the main villain finally admits his real motive of “worlds” domination. It was like the Guardians had a little mind of vacation, then they all woke up and came back together for the greater good and be sassy again. Saving the galaxy once again.
To be honest, I am not well versed on much of the Marvel Universe when it comes to the comics. I did have Spiderman comics, but I can’t remember which story-line I had. I was more of a Batman girl. Ask me anything from the Gotham Universe, I will probably know it. MU not so much. I am probably in the large population of people that haven’t even heard of The Guardians of the Galaxy before the 2014 movie came out. So, my knowledge is just as an advanced as a quick Google Search.
I say this because there is a part of this movie, which features a surprising cameo, where I kind of had a big question mark above my head. I felt rather confused by this scene, which isn’t much of a spoiler to the plot, so it was a scene between Yondu and the Ravagers and I assume is part of Yondu’s backstory. This and an additional scene in the credits were the only parts where I felt left out as a viewer.
There was the thing that kept nagging me in the back of my mind, that I have watched something similar to this plot line. It wasn’t until the ending that I fully realized what I was watching. There are a couple plot devices in this film, that if you’ve seen or been a fan of, that will be very reminiscent of Star Trek. Not the new Star Trek with Chris Pine, but the older the ones with William Shatner and the late Leonard Nimoy. I’m not a Star Trek fan at all, but I have watched my fair share of old episodes and movies. The biggest homage you will pick up from the ending of GotG: Vol 2, if you have ever seen any of the Star Trek movies. It’s not a blatant rip-off, don’t get me wrong, but it is there if you do think about it a little.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 is a great addition to the Marvel Universe. It doesn’t stray too much from the first movie and doesn’t try too hard to keep your attention. I usually have a hard time being comfortable while sitting through 2+ hour movies lately, but my mind never once strayed to thinking about my seat or wanting to move.
The characters and the script keep you entertained and wanting more. The one-liners and argumental quips are still there, and still funny. Most movies struggle with trying to get a huge cast of characters their time in the limelight, but GotG:2 makes it seems more seamless without taking away from another character. The first time around, I believe many paid attention to either Star-Lord or Groot, because of Chris Pratt and…trees? This time, obviously Baby Groot steals the show because of the adorableness and his quick temper, but I believe Rocket was the one that stood out. We knew he was smart and a smartass, but we got to see more of his abrasive attitude, the reason behind all this, and how undeniably badass he is. I dare to say, he really is the brains behind everything the Guardians stand for, even if he starts all of the trouble. Plus, he takes care of Baby Groot.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 was released on May 5, 2017, and has a rating of PG-13
This rating is appropriate, there is a lot of violence, explosions, and of course, Rocket is in it so language. I wouldn’t be taking any young kids to this movie no matter how colorful and cute Baby Groot is. Stick to the toys and the Guardians cartoons on DisneyXD if you do want your kids to enjoy it.
If you liked the first one, you will enjoy this one. It doesn’t have any ties to the Avengers movies just yet, the only linking factor is Thanos and he didn’t even show up in this movie. Guardians 2 is still its own standing movie.
This movie will probably not be in theaters still when this review is posted, but I definitely recommend purchasing this movie on digital/DVD/Blu-Ray to complete your Marvel Universe collection.
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MouSeekers gives GotG: Vol 2:
3.5 Mouse Binoculars out 5.
What we loved: Soundtrack, Origin Stories, Space Dogfights, Rocket, Baby Groot, Yondu/Mary Poppins
What we could do without: Certain parts of Ego and oddly placed Ravager Cameo