If you ever take a quick looksie at a theatre marquee these days, you’ll notice that it’s allllllll superhero movies. The Avengers, Captain America, Wolverine, The Justice League, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc. As cool as it is to see so many big budget films based off of nerd culture, it can feel like a bit too much at times. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 does an amazing job at standing out from the pack of generic hero films, from its retro presentation to the incredible chemistry between it’s actors. The only question is; is it better than the original?
It’s Starlord, Man.
Right out of the gate, Guardians 2 is some of Chris Pratt’s best work. Pratt will always be that fat doofus Andy Dwyer to me, so it’s sometimes a little hard to take him serious in non-comedic roles. His presentation of Starlord in Guardians 2 is the perfect mixture of both. Peter Quill is still packed full of one-liners and pop culture references, but the film’s story requires a much more serious portrayal of the character at times. I think Pratt stepped up big time and he really holds to the film together. That’s not to say anyone is bad however. Batista is still great as Drax, and really busted out his best comedic chops for the film. Zoe Saldana plays it straight as Gamora, the needed voice of reason for the team. Bradley Cooper is still good as Rocket, and Vin Diesel phones it in as Groot.
You Are The Father!
The plot of this film is centered around Starlord’s lineage. There were a few names being tossed around as possibilities for Starlord’s pappy and I’ll admit I was incorrect myself. I thought they would unveil Adam Warlock as Quill’s daddy as a way to write him in for Infinity War, however having Ego be Quill’s dad is an interesting choice. Kurt Russell is great as the Celestial planet, although the reveal of him being evil is obvious from the second he shows up. The portrayal of Ego’s planet is beautiful, and very well imagined. My biggest problem with it is the other character who is introduced alongside Ego; Mantis. In the comics Mantis is a legit badass who won a fight with Thor. In this movie she’s constantly the butt of jokes and more often than not serves as a weird Asian stereotype. It seems like a big waste of an awesome character, and hopefully there’s more for her in the sequels.
By The Way, I’ve Been Evil The Whole Time.
The plot of Guardians 2 is fine. It’s not great, but it’s fine. It follows a fairly predictable plot, but it tells the story well. I think it’s still one of the better Marvel movies in terms of plot, but it still feels formulaic at times. A plot point happens, Drax says something funny and laughs heartily, Baby Groot is there, Gamora rolls her eyes. It’s a whole lot of that. Sometimes it’s great, other times it isn’t . The biggest problem I get from it is Baby Groot. He seemingly only exists to sell Baby Groot merch. The lack of normal Groot is made up for by a larger focus on Yondu and his relationship with Quill, which is delivered excellently by Michael Rooker.
Should You Care?
Yea my dude. Guardians 2 is a very fun watch with plenty of excellent moments and quotable lines. I don’t think it’s better than the first movie, but it’s certainly close. With the MCU rolling full steam towards Infinity War, Guardians 2 is a very important watch in the timeline, but above all else it’s just a plain old great film. I heartily recommend watching it. What did you think about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2? Let me know in the comments!