Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
“Welcome to the frickin’ Guardians of the Galaxy!”
Guardians of the Galaxy was one of my favorite films of 2014, and when I heard a sequel was not too far away, I began to rock back and forth in my seat, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the sequel. James Gunn as a Director and creative talent is simply phenomenal, and his vision and creative influence on this franchise is incredibly important, and massively effective. I did really enjoy the movie, there were a few things I did not like, but overall, a worthwhile experience.
Let’s just get right into it with the best parts of the film. The special effects, CGI, and makeup are all magnificent beyond compare. This movie has way more grandiose set pieces than the original, and the special effects make that known, as they only up the ante from the first, and deliver gorgeous eye candy to spare. Similarly, the action sequences were dazzling, and undeniably fun, providing us with more intense space battles, the guardians fighting individually, and more of Yondu’s divine arrow. Speaking of that arrow, it is clearly the standout character of the movie. There are a couple of scenes that display its power and presence, that make Yondu a serious force to be reckoned with. The CGI for baby Groot was fantastic for most of the run-time of the film, but there were a few times where I could wholly tell that it was simply an animated character in someone’s hand.
The best part about Guardians is the characters. We’ve grown to love these characters, and root for them no matter what task is to be completed, and this story is no different. Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Yondu and Nebula go on important character arcs in this movie, and they are extremely well fleshed out and developed, to the point where we can sympathize and feel for the anti-heroes. Baby Groot! Baby Groot is just so darn cute, and he provides a bevy of comedic moments, along with some heart-warming ones. He’s definitely a crowd pleaser! The Villains in the movie are definitely some of the MCU’s best. This is not just because the villains act as foils to the main characters, but they have their own entitling motivations, and their (maybe misguided) reasoning for what they’re doing. I really found the villains to be incredibly compelling, and definitely the more memorable from the batch of MCU villains. As I do love all the guardians, I can attest to the fact that I did love the differing story-lines in the movie, and that was not a problem for me. Seeing them pair up and each go on different emotional journeys was immensely satisfying for me, especially when the third act caps it off so nicely. Gamora was still as awesome as in the original, Rocket is still as intuitive, Star Lord is still as suave and badass, but Drax is infinitely funnier in this film. Drax serves as the comedic relief in this film, and it definitely works for the movie in most moments; however, Drax really doesn’t do much fighting, and a title like “The Destroyer” would make you think he gets to a lot of destroying in this film, but its rather the opposite.
The things I didn’t like about the film were not incredibly fundamental, but rather little things, like the rushing of a certain character arc, or certain jokes that didn’t land. Ultimately, my least favorite thing about the movie is that some of the story and humor beats are really predictable, which detracts from the spectacle, and the hilarity of some scenes.
All in all, it is an irreverent, wacky, space adventure, that serves as filler for the MCU. Guardians of the Galaxy benefits from its awesome soundtrack, Gut busting humor, and dazzling CGI, but suffers from a drawn out 2nd act, and a bit of a rushed 3rd; nevertheless, Guardians vol. 2 is a worthy sequel that capitalizes off everything that made the first one of the most entertaining space adventures of all time, and adds a bit more.
Voice Acting/ Acting: 9
Story telling: 7
Character Development: 9