‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘ doesn’t quite capture the same magic of its’ predecessor, but it is still a moving, laugh-out-loud funny and visually stunning notch in Marvel Studios’ belt. Click through to read my full review…
‘Vol. 2‘ picks up just a few months after the last time we saw our heroes take off in the first. When we catch up with our Guardians, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel), they have been hired by the High Priestess of the Sovereign (Elizabeth Debicki) to protect some sacred Anulax batteries from a tentacled space beast. Things don’t go smoothly, but eventually they come out on top. Once they get the batteries back to the Sovereign they trade them for the sister of Gamora, Nebula (Karen Gillan). They want to take her to Xandar so she can be imprisoned for what she did in the first movie and the crew can also collect the bounty on her head. Unfortunately, things do go as planned as the Guardians are forced to crash land on a random planet where Peter finally comes face to face with his Dad, Ego (Kurt Russell) and his companion, Mantis (Pom Klementieff) who have been searching for him for some time now. From there the group is split up as Peter, Drax and Gamora go with Ego and Mantis and Rocket, Groot and Nebula are left behind and end up dealing with some problems caused by the Ravagers and Yondu (Michael Rooker). Anything else that happens after this I would consider a spoiler so I will not go further.
Now, the first movie is one of my favorite movies in the MCU and is definitely my favorite of all of the “origin” movies that have come so far. It felt different from anything that Marvel had released prior and had a unique style and voice that made it feel like a breath of fresh air. And ‘Vol. 2‘ delivers more of everything that I loved about the first. However, it couldn’t captivate or mesmerize me in the way that the first one did. That’s not to say that this movie isn’t good. Because it is still a very good movie and one that I will definitely have many repeat viewings of. But, it just didn’t feel quite as natural and charming as the original. The soundtrack of 80’s songs was one of the best parts of the original, but sadly the new soundtrack didn’t flow quite as naturally with the story which was a disappointment. And, other than a couple of characters having an actual arc to their story, it felt like not much had really changed by the time the movie reached its’ end.
Where the movie does get a huge thumbs up from me is the visual effects and cinematography. This is probably the prettiest movie that Marvel has put out to date. Every scene really popped off the screen and certain shots were just beautiful to look at. Also, the movie is absolutely hilarious. Hands down the funniest movie in the MCU. But, that almost becomes its’ detriment as it tries to go for the laugh almost too often. Especially in the immensely moving third act of the film. There are jokes at times where I felt it would have been better to just play the scene straight as to not take away from anything that is happening. Again, the movie is great. I’m just nitpicking at this point. And all the actors knock their respective roles out of the park. It is an incredibly fun ride and I can’t wait to see where the characters go from here! I AM GROOT
‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘ is written/directed by James Gunn and is in theaters now