I got around to watch the sequel to 2014’s very successful movie. One important thing to note about this sequel is that its so funny that it comes across as unrealistic; something the original prided itself in.
I should announce here, spoilers abound below. If you haven’t watched the movie you can go off now.
Meanwhile, you can check out an excerpt of an episode of my Twitter film thread featuring this movie, here:
Let’s go on!
It didn’t take long for me to figure out the central theme for this movie is family.
Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star Lord) continues to lead his band of misfits around the galaxy. On a job for The Sovereigns, a genetically perfect breed ruled by Princess Ayesha, Rocket steals from them, giving the aforenamed princess the motivation to hunt them down throughout the movie. The first attack from Ayesha’s remote controlled fleet leads Peter and his teammates into the hands of Ego the living planet, Peter’s father.
After years of thinking he was unwanted, Peter finally got to meet his father (played by Kurt Russell), who happens to be one of many powerful entities called The Celestials. Bad thing was he wasn’t what Peter expected.
I know in the comics Ego is a bad guy and all, he even killed Peter’s mom there; talk about someone that’s really evil. What I didn’t like was the movie’s extreme faithfulness to the source material. It was too predictable.
GOTG prides its as a fantasy SciFi deeply embedded in comedy. So, I hope to base most of my review around its comedy.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is funny. Not to contradict what I said earlier on in this review; it’s that the standard set by the first movie was just too high and director, James Gunn, put too much effort into making this sequel a better one. He forgot one important rule, less is sometimes better.
I thoroughly enjoyed Yondu in this movie. His character took a huge turn from the annoying persona he was in the first movie; his comedy was on point, everything was perfect, even till the very end. Goodbye Yondu.
Another character who was funny as hell was the one with the least number of words: I am Groot. The baby hero was just too adorable, he stole every scene he was in, which says a lot. Baby Groot was a whole new character with the same kind of beautiful spirit that made adult Groot adorable in the first movie.
Brings me to the last person I want to talk about – Drax. Dave Bautista’s character got me wondering how much was too much in terms of comedy. Just like Groot, Drax changed since the last movie. I don’t really know what director, James Gunn, had in mind, but laughing unnecessarily at almost every mundane thing said isn’t a good way to resonate laughter within the audience.
Another thing I did like very much about this movie was Yondu’s emotional sacrifice to save Peter.
“He may have been your father, boy; but he wasn’t your daddy.” – Yondu to Peter Quill.
This was a very emotions scene, and its side to see this special kind of blue monster die. Ironically, it took Ego to show up for Peter to realize Yondu was the father he always had but never appreciated. So sad.
PS: It was nice to see Sylvester Stallone in space.
GOTG 2 did set up tiny plots for The Avengers: Infinity War, where the mighty Thanos is expected to show up in all his glory and battle earth and the galaxy’s mightiest heroes. Nebula, is more than eager to help troubled girls around the world find peace by killing Thanos: time will fell how this goes.
I enjoyed this movie, far more emotional than the first one because of the sentimental concept of family further introduced as a theme.
PS: Someone should tell Gamora and Peter to go get a room ASAP.