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Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
After saving the galaxy, The Guardians of the Galaxy travel from planet to planet taking jobs, stopping monsters and saving lives. Led by Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) the team once again consists of Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel). Together they are known across the galaxy as The Guardians of the Galaxy, but they find their hands full when they upset a planet they were hired to help. On the run from this planet's governmen, known as The Sovereign, The Guardians of the Galaxy encounter an enormously powerful and mysterious man (Kurt Russell) who reveals himself to be Peter's father. Peter is now faced with the answers to all the questions that have haunted him since he was a child, but will his father live up to Peter's fantasies or the legend his mother told him? Join the Guardians as they find the answers Peter needs while going head-to-head with The Sovereign, The Ravagers and Nebula (Karen Gillan).
The Guardians (+10pts)
Father & Son (-4pts)
Sovereign & The Ravagers (-6pts)
Pro - The Guardians (+10pts)
This should be no surprise to anyone who saw the first film, but The Guardians were so much fun to watch in this second installment. The film centers around Peter Quill but sprinkles in bits of character development for each member of the team. This movie works on that regard. It properly developed the main character but, for fans of the other team members, decent time is spent with the rest of the team. It's a tough thing to balance but I think this movie did it effectively.
Putting storylines aside, this is a fun team to watch together or individuall. They each bring a different personality to the group and it is so much fun watching them interact with each other and do their thing. Star-Lord was great, Gamora was great, Drax was great, Rocket was great and Baby Groot was groot...but was also great!
Con - Father & Son (-4pts)
I thought Ego (Kurt Russell) wotked well in this movie but I thought the "father-son" element fell a little flat in the middle of that storyline. There was a fifteen to twenty minute section in which The Guardians were just kind of chilling with Ego on Ego's planet and it resulted in the most boring section of the movie. It was still easy to watch, but it was definite "step down" from the rest of the movie. Luckily the movie is a little over two hours and it more than makes up for this lull.
Pro - Yondu (+6pts)
This was a pleasant surprise to me, but Yondu (Michael Rooker) got significant character development in this movie. This story added layers to the character that Michael Rooker nailed. Then we get to see plenty of Yondu's whistling action (do not mess with Yondu!). Awesome story, awesome action, and an awesome actor. One might call Yondu an "Awesome Mix".
Con - Nebula (-2pts)
This is an element of the film that did not work for me. I like the character of Nebula and I think Karen Gillan does a good job with the character but I got the impression that the writers did not know what to do with her. I did not think she was a necessary part of the story and, in an already crowded cast, she did not get enough screen time to properly develop the character. The result was a fairly one-note character that felt forced into the story just to have her in their which I think ultimately did a disservice to the character and the actress playing her.
Pro - Comedy (+8pts)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes the comedy, that worked so well in the original, and turns it up a notch. Most of it works really well. Drax, Star-Lord, Rocket and Baby Groot all have their comedic moments that the audience wants and expects. Again, MOST of the comedy works but some is just too ridiculous and ends up falling short. That is the only reason I did not give this Pro more points. This movie is very joke heavy and, whenever you have a movie with so much attempted humor, some of it is bound to fall short.
Con - Sovereign & The Ravagers (-6pts)
Oh these two groups did not work well at all. The Sovereign was more annoying than anything, they were a secondary storyline at best, they were too ridiculous and were portrayed as silly rather than intimidating. The Ravagers, particularly Tazerface's group, were even worse. Yet again the movie prioritized portraying the group of villains as silly instead of intimidating. In a movie like this, the heroes can be silly or funny but the villains cannot (or vice versa). If you go for both, the plot is not taken seriously. I got the feeling that the movie tried to be as kid friendly as possible with these villains. That's just speculations, but the fact is, these villains were not interesting or intimidating which ultimately hurt the movie as a whole.
Rating: B+ (87pts)
I really enjoyed this movie. It has lots of laughs, fun main characters and side characters but weak secondary villains. There is somewhat of a lull (involving Ego and the Guardians) a little before the halfway point of the movie but this film more than makes up for it. I had a lot of fun reuiniting with these characters. I enjoyed the addition of Mantis and Ego, the action was cool and the movie was visually and audibly stunning and fun in a great way. I think this movie is a worthy successor to the original, so I definitely recommend seeing this movie when you get a chance. It has a few issues but still makes for a great movie-going experience.
Oh and this movie has a total of 5 scenes sprinkled throughout the credits so be sure to stick through till the very end!