Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) – 4.5/5

Who would have thought baby Groot could get any cuter. Not only did baby Groot get cuter, but the Guardians of the Galaxy kept their cool, their style, and that uniqueness that sets them apart from the rest of all Marvel superheroes. The Guardians of the Galaxy make a comeback with a sequel that strives to be better than it predecessor, and it succeeds, taking that working formula from the first movie, and adding a bit more whimsy and excitement on top of it.

Directing: James Gunn
Cinematography: Henry Braham
Screenplay: James Gunn
Editing: Fred Raskin, Craig Wood
Music: Tyler Bates

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starts out with the Guardians on the job, as they are hired to defend valuable batteries, owned by the Sovereign Race, from being stolen. This sets the opening for the real plot, which follows Star Lord’s relationship with his father, after they meet for the first time. The story develops into an interesting plot twist, when Quill needs to decide between following the family he was born in or the family he has chosen.

The story is packed with new characters and side stories. There is a lot going on for those of us foreign to the comics. However, as much as everyone would love to learn more about the background of the new characters or even the Guardians of the Galaxy, I have learned to accept this is not going to happen. There is too much information in Marvel movies already, and this would only extend the run time… by a lot. Rather, I prefer to look at what they can do with the information they give you, how good can the alternative plot lines fit into the main story, and how everything makes sense.

Looking at it in this manner, gives you a greater appreciation of the plot. Director James Gunn does an amazing job at developing the story, skipping over any serious or dull moments and challenging its audience on how much humor they can take. The film manages to be full of heart while making it clear that sentimentalism is not allowed. A film designed for everyone to have a good time.

Volume 2 follows the same recipe as the first movie: Witty and sarcastic humor, amazing visuals, and an entertaining story. It manages to go farther than the first movie in every aspect, and it is hard not to love the characterization. I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to see Groot next to Hulk or Rocket next to Iron Man. There is no doubt that Guardians of the Galaxy is a beautiful addition to the Marvel universe, and Volume 2 just made it even better.

Learn more about the movie here: Rotten Tomatoes


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