Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

First off, I want to say it’s good to be writing a movie review again. It has been well over a month since my last review and that’s mostly because of how crazy school has been in that time. That being said, school is out and so is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! Let’s get right into my SPOILER FREE review!

The Bad

Very early in the movie I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to look at this like it was a typical Marvel movie. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is not an action movie with some comedy; it is a comedy with some action. I thought that the movie tried so hard to be a comedy, that it really let the flow of the plot slip at times. When the movie reached its climax, I kept second guessing whether the conflict at hand was actually the main conflict of the movie. The flow of the plot in that manner wasn’t the strongest.

There is a group of people called The Sovereign that we are introduced to fairly early on in this movie. They are a group of gold people that are really just flat out annoying. I could’ve done with a lot less of them but sadly they popped in quite a few times. I’m trying to give away as little as possible but I’m confident that most people will agree that they could’ve been written around and left out of the movie all-together without the plot of the movie suffering.

The most disappointing thing about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is definitely the fact that this movie has virtually nothing to do with the rest of the MCU. To me it seemed like Director James Gunn saw how popular his first movie was, and decided to crank another one out before Infinity Wars. We literally didn’t even see a glimpse of Thanos throughout.

The Good

Let’s start with the reason these movies are so popular. This is the funniest Marvel movie I have seen, BY FAR (excluding Deadpool because it isn’t technically MCU). It all started when the opening sequence turned from what looked like it was going to be a fight scene into a hilarious Baby Groot dance sequence to the opening credits. As I mentioned, this movie tries extremely hard to be funny and it definitely gets the laughs it deserves. In my opinion, Drax is the character that made me laugh the most and I think that is mostly due to the fact that his character was the only one of the group that didn’t really develop very much in terms of background. Pretty much all of his lines were meant to be funny and most of the jokes landed with the audience.

We got the opportunity to learn a lot more about the past of most of our main characters. As expected, the movie is mostly focused around Star-Lord and we learn a lot about his past throughout. They added a few wrinkles to his character that I really didn’t like too much, but they did a good job resolving it in the end. We also get to learn about Gamora and Nebula’s relationship and how they grew to have the rivalry that they have. Rocket and Yondu both develop significantly as characters as well. They realize how similar both of their stories are and bond over that. Speaking of Yondu, he was so much better in this movie than the original. One of my favorite scenes in the movie was when we got to see him go to town with his mind controlled arrow on a group of probably 100 ravagers.

I also just want to give a little quick acknowledgement to Kurt Russell’s performance. If you have seen the trailers you know that Kurt Russell plays Peter Quill’s dad. I didn’t necessarily like his character, but I thought his acting was by far the best out of the new characters.

The Rating

I think that James Gunn does a great job in making his movies appealing to a very broad range of movie tastes. I know a few people that don’t really watch Marvel movies that are really excited to go out and see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The comedic value of this group of characters continues to draw huge audiences to the theaters and for good reason. Though not very relevant in furthering the underlying story of the MCU, this film is an action-packed, fun, and hilarious experience that you can take your whole family to.

7/10

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