I want to start this off saying that Guardians of the Galaxy, (the first one), is my favorite MCU, (Marvel Cinematic Universe), movie and one of my favorite comic book movies, (Kingsmen holds number one if you’re curious). I would also like to add that if you haven’t already seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I’m going to spoil a lot of things for you, so be warned.
With that out of the way, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starts the film out the right way with one of the best opening credit scenes: a toddler Groot dancing to Mr. Blue Sky by Electro Dance Orchestra. The music really sets the tone for the film, but since it is a sequel we can’t help comparing it to its predecessor and in comparison to the first Guardians, the music is definitely used better in the first. Now that isn’t a knock on how Vol. 2 used its soundtrack, the music is wonderfully woven into the movie making those great moments even better. Tyler Bates, the composer, and James Gunn, the director, have created this wonderful blend of film and music that really makes the music a staple in this franchise.
With this being the sequel, one of the things they didn’t have to worry about was getting the team together, that gives them some room to flesh out the Guardians more. Gunn does a wonderful job at giving these lovable characters a couple more layers. One that was really quite surprising was Yondu (Michael Rooker), when we learn why he never took Peter (Chris Pratt) to Ego (Kurt Russell), who is, you know, just trying to use his children as batteries to make the universe nothing but him. We also learn that Yondu lost his Ravager title long ago and has been flying a false flag. Sylvester Stallone plays Stakar Ogord, (one of the original comic book Guardians and leader of the Ravagers in the MCU), and plays a big role in Yondu’s closure as a character (Spoiler: he’s dead and gets a proper Ravagers funeral). Rocket, (Bradley Cooper), is just one of those tough guy characters with a soft heart who actually cares for his friends but shows it by being an asshole; and yeah, it was nice to get a little more of the lovable asshole raccoon but his story was just easy to see where it was headed. Another storyline that felt a little flat, but I was glad I got a little more of ,was Gamora, (Zoe Saldana), and Nebula (Karen Gillan) Their story, like Rocket’s, was easy to pinpoint where it was headed. It isn’t a knock on how they performed, they did a wonderful job, it was just not wonderfully written.
One of the problems with the first film was Ronan the Accuser. In Vol. 2, it somewhat leads you to believe that Ayesha,(Elizabeth Debicki), and The Sovereign were the villains even though they honestly really aren’t. The Guardians are, specifically Rocket, the ones who stole the Anulax batteries from them. The Sovereign are actually just trying to get back their stolen goods, which is a pretty honorable thing if you ask me. Then there’s Ego, the celestial planet who uses his children from all over the universe for his own plans. Kurt Russell does such a wonderful job winning you over, playing catch with his son making you think he actually cares for a relationship with his half celestial son. In some weird way he did want a relationship with Peter, he just went at it in a terrible way. Learning from the first Guardians, Gunn gave us more time with the villain, giving us more time to learn his motives and appreciate his character.
While I do have some issues with the film, all in all it’s really fun ride and with some great character stories; and some not so great ones. That’s why Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gets a 4.0. Go out to the movies, watch Guardians Vol. 2 or watch a shitty movie, just go out and watch a movie and enjoy the media. Make sure you give them your money so they can keep on doing what they’re doing.