After saving the universe in Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill and his ragtag team is back with more adventures, this time with the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2. Read my review…
Guardians of the Galaxy was arguably Marvel’s biggest risk yet and it turned out to be one of the most beloved comic book movies of the last decade, largely down to the comedic interactions between the characters and some great music…all of which resulted in an immensely entertaining trip to the cinema. The trailers to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 promised more of the same with the added boost of Baby Groot. Check out the trailer below:
Don’t worry, we learn Kurt Russell‘s character Ego is Peter Quill’s father pretty soon. It’s not a really spoiler. Let me just say, first of all, I really like this movie. Just like the first one, this movie has a lot of fun and lots of laughs throughout. I feel like comedy is now a fundamental part of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Just like the first one, Rocket and Drax get the majority of the comedic beats.
Baby Groot was really well used. He is as cute as you’d expect him to be and he gets several moments to crawl into your hearts. My favourite amongst them is the opening credit scene in which we see Baby Groot dancing in the foreground while there is some action happening behind him with the rest of the guardians.
Yandu is the show stealer this time around. His story arch is the most defined and most effective. Not only do we see how his mind works, we also get some depth to his backstory. He also gets a chance to be an absolute badass with his whistle arrow.
Kurt Russell as Ego was really good too. He personifies Ego, a celestial being, very well. I especially loved his bonding scenes with his son Peter Quill. However, despite these scenes being quite compelling, it leads to a surprisingly long lull in the middle of the movie. After a while, I was looking around the screening asking myself ‘is anyone else a little bored?’ The plot lines, in general, felt disjointed; it is just not as tight as the first movie.
Some of the other characters were also wasted for me. Drax the destroyer is relegated to comedic moments; he barely does any destroying at all. Mantis, the empath, felt completely unnecessary in the movie; I could not figure out what her purpose is. Gamora and Nebula have a little more to do that the other two, but only a little. We get a small window into their past and how they were treated by Thanos…thats the extent of their involvement in the movie.
One of the best things about the first movie was the use of music. Those classic songs brought back memories for some of us while the rest of us were glad to have been introduced to some great music. The music in this movie isn’t bad, it just feels adequate. The music had nothing special to add to the enjoyment or the narrative as a whole like it did in the first movie.
Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy is a very entertaining movie with lots of fun and laughs to accompany great visuals and a decent story. It isn’t quite as good as the first movie but that is a tall order. It is extremely rare for a sequel to live up to its predecessor.
My Score: 3.5/5 – I started off with a 4/5 but in the process of thinking back and writing this review, I ended up settling on a 3.5. Definitely watch it on the big screen because there is a lot of fun to be had with this.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is out now in cinemas near you.