Saturday, September 2, 2017
MARIAH's THOUGHTS on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
May 5, 2017
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
August 22, 2017
2 hrs 15 minutes
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullilvan, Sea Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a bit deeper in terms of character development and unlike its predecessor, the main antagonists come with twists and turns. We think the story is straightforward because of Rocket or Peter Quill’s snarky and quirky attitudes getting on someone’s nerves in which case we wouldn’t be wrong. But Yondu, Ego, Nebula, and various new characters continue to create a colorful galaxy of stories and ideals. Quill searches for his birth father, sisters Gamora and Nebula continue their family feud, Drax meets Mantis and the two begin to bond, Yondu displays himself as more than a space pirate.
Not only is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 entertaining because of its comedy, different character designs, and adorable baby Groot, it continues to expand the Marvel universe and character’s relationships. The Guardians have become heroes for hire and remain a dysfunctional family. The movie begins where the Guardians are working for the Sovereign, a golden skinned alien race obsessed with perfection. Rocket being a technical genius, but not necessarily a saint, decides to steal from the Sovereign causing our Guardian’s first dilemma in the movie. The Sovereign target the Guardians for Rocket’s poor judgment and hire Yondu to search for the Guardians. And then Quill finally meets his birth father after having been born on Earth, watching his mother die, and being kidnapped by Yondu as a child. It’s all fun and games when you first meet someone as jovial and enthusiastic as Ego but it begins to create a rift between the Guardians. Gamora and her astute instincts tell her that Ego is not all that he seems to be. Nebula continues an antagonistic role to defeat Gamora and destroy her father but as mentioned before, the antagonists come with twists and turns. Yondu, Nebula, and Ego change the antagonist role and become father figures, new comrades, and a destroyer of worlds.
I remove half a star because of the video game-like visuals and bits of comedy. It added a youthful and energetic nuance of the movie to give it its PG-13 rating but it’s not personally attractive because it jumped over intense battle scenes or moments. If I had to comment on the movie's comedy aspect, I would say that it was there but not wholly memorable. I appreciate the comedy because it makes this a movie for the whole family but it didn't add to the story. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 receives the same rating as its predecessor at 4.5.