On August 1, 2014 Marvel released its 10th addition to what 90 percent of my income goes into, The Marvel Cinematic Universe. Many were skeptical. Being one of their strangest properties, but it turned out to be one of their biggest hits.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” proved to be a fun, hilarious, heartfelt adventure that made me cry over a talking tree (there are witnesses to this, I am not proud). Now roughly three years later, director James Gunn returns with the next instalment “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2”.
The movie starts off with the characters now on the right path, defending the galaxy. They get a job from the High Priestess Ayesha (please just google her history like you did Thanos, god knows that take up too much time.) to protect very powerful generators for her people. Very quickly in the movie the jokes start flying, baby Groot starts dancing, and the visuals are stunning. It’s like everything I paid to see happens in the first minutes and it is well… AWESOME.
First thing you notice in this movie are the colors, they are bright and prominent. Which is a great add to the whole flick. It’s a very colorful and stunning movie. However as the plot gets rolling it does take time for them to establish everything. There are plenty of jokes to keep you distracted, the film seems to lack a clear focus. There are three plots in this movie (without giving much away) Gamora tries to capture and deliver her sister Nebula to the Nova Core, Peter tries to connect to his Dad who he has never met, and Rocket and Yondu get swept up in a Ravager change of leadership.
The plots take time to really take off, with a lot of set up. The Ravager plot line in my opinion steals the whole movie. With more focus on Yondu and his past, delivers a satisfying beginning, middle, and end. Just…get ready for tissues…you will thank me (We are Groot). However the main plot that straggles is Peter and the gang stuck on Ego’s planet. There are a lot of good touching moments, however not much happens till the climax. With all the jokes, and wacky references (if you are a pathetic nerd like me) you may stay distracted…or possibly squeal (like me).
The thing that sets this movie behind the original is the lack of structure and how plots kind of dangle at some places. However what makes this movie miles better is the heart. The film dives into everyone’s emotional story and it delivers hard with an emotional climax that reveals what the characters mean to each other. It delivers one of the best endings to any Marvel movie with a scene that is just gorgeous to look at. This helps prove that the Guardians is one of Marvel’s most touching and emotionally rich franchises. Does this make the movie better than the first? In my opinion, yes. However with the amount of loll time I can see how some may disagree.
Overall if you liked the first one, you’ll get something out of this movie for sure and it’s worth seeing. I rank it 8/10 Baby Groot Dance Numbers, and already have plans to see it again!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is rated PG-13, directed by James Gunn, stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket. The movie has a run time of 138 minutes. Be warned there are five end credit scenes…so pack rations accordingly. Good luck. We are Groot.