Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Review
After the events of the first movie Peter Jason Quill, also known as Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Baby-like Groot (Vin Diesel, as if he’s on helium or something) made a name for their own across the stars as some sort of super hero/bounty hunter team, and became famous throughout for their many adventures, they still need to make some money. So they are hired by a race of super advanced beings called Sovereigns to protect their invaluable batteries from alien invaders. However even though they were hired by the Sovereigns, some “unexpected” (not really) turn of events, leads to the Guardians having to flee for thier lives.
The Guardians barely escape alive and then they are rescued by a new character who goes by the name Ego (played by no other than Kurt Russell himself!). But in an even more surprising way, than he appeared, he reveals to be Peter biological father. Now Star-Lord’s dad asks them to go with him and his companion Mantis (Pom Klementieff) to his planet, and of course, they agree, except for Rocket and Groot, who chose to stay behind in order to repair their ship and to keep an eye on Nebula.
When the Guardians leave, the Sovereigns leader Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) hires the mercenary Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his dangerous gang of Ravages to capture them so that they can be brought back to their planet and get executed. However, even though they capture rocket, Yondu’s fondness for Peter makes him reluctant to go on with his capture mission, and this leads to a mutiny lead by Laserface with the help of Gamora’s sister, Nebula.
As we’re trying to keep this spoiler-free, there’s not much else we can say, other than Quil goes on to learn and know his father and some of his secrets, however, the truth he’ll find could not be what he was looking for, and ends up having some very dangerous adventures and battles to stay alive, together with his team of misfits mercenaries.
So, how was it? Well…
We can say a lot of things about this movie, but one that really stands out can be expressed by just one word, “expensive”. The heavy CGI job on this movie is surely out of this planet, almost everything everywhere you look is covered with layers and layers of CGI. Of course, after how successful the first Guardians Of The Galaxy movie proved to be, they just couldn’t let us down in the looks department. Some stunning effects full of 70’s nostalgia are everywhere.
Does it live up to the legend? Well, yes!. The movie’s effort to be the first one is strong. The Guardians don’t do ANYTHING they didn’t do on the first film. No real character development there, as they’re still pretty much the same, maybe except for the new little Groot, who now has a little more personality.
Back again directed and written by James Gunn, Vol. 2 is supposed to, not only fill some things that were left unclear but also further reveal some hidden truths about its characters as they develop to understand themselves better individually and as this accidental team they’ve become. Here we explore deeper into their relationships and some learn some more about their past, such as Star-Lord’s real father and his story.
Guardians Of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes some odd decisions, but to be fair, a movie about the Guardians itself would have been considered an odd decision from the beginning and look how well it ended up being. But what do we mean by these “odd decisions”? Well, first of all, they explore some characters and places (such as planets and stuff) that only die-hard Marvel comics fans will really get. This isn’t necessarily something bad, it’s just odd for a movie with such pressure on its back to explore these “unknown” ideas, but fully supported, as it brings new things to the Marvel cinematic universe. Another of these odd decisions was to split the team a little. As baby Groot and Rocket are on “their own” problems, separated from the rest of the Guardians, but worry not, as you’ll be keeping an eye on them and they will all end up reuniting, it is not the end of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
The new characters do certainly deliver some interesting content as they do make the story deeper, not only for the general movie but give us a bigger glance at what makes the characters who they are. And also, what really stands out in this movie, as well as on the first one, is the cast. The actors share some great chemistry and also deliver some great performance. We could expect no less from the guys we’ve seen before, and with Kurt Russell on board we should expect no less.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 certainly provides the same non-stop comedy, full of accidental nonsense created by this rag tag group. The team relationships grow deeper, as well as their adventures. For now, their next appearance will be in Avengers: Infinity War, so it’s pretty much sure that there, their adventures will be big.
Should you go watch this movie? Yes, definitely. It’s a full blown adventure, enjoyable and with great characters. If you enjoyed the first one, you MUST watch this one.
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