I recently went and viewed Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in 3-D at he Valley Cinema. It’s James Gunn’s second Guardians film, and after the first one’s huge success, it’s no wonder a second one was in the works. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 covers the story of Peter Quill, or Starlord, meeting his father, the living planet, Ego. They meet new characters, villains turn heroes, and a plethora of other events go down, that create a fun and interesting story. There’s also a baby Groot, in case you’ve been living under a rock.
This will more likely than not contain Spoilers for the movie. You have been warned.
Visuals and Acting
The CG in this movie was absolutely incredible. The actors never looked out of place, the scenery all looked realistic enough, and the sets were all really well constructed. The costumes were impeccable, every costume, though extremely different from one another, fit together extremely well. Chris Pratt, Kurt Russel, Dave Bautista, and the rest of them, played extremely convincing roles that never felt stale, offsetting, or tasteless. They all felt unique, fun, and were enjoyable to watch. There’s not much to not like about how incredible this movie looks. It’s vibrant, it’s bright, and it’s colorful, and the acting doesn’t fall too far below.
The actual story, with all the intertwining plot lines, and how streamlined and lucky it is, isn’t far from the first movie’s story in regards to how it’s written. It’s got a different overall structure, to a degree, and the events are different, but overall it’s about the same in regards to understanding how it goes down. However, this movie does an incredible job of expanding the world that they are in, showing new sides to characters, elaborating and hinting at the backstory of them, and letting us get to know everyone so much better. Nothing about it disappointed me. I also found myself laughing the whole time. The characters were funny, fun, and incredibly well put together.
Yondu’s death was meaningful in this story, as well. Far more powerful than I would’ve imagined for who was basically the bad guy for a long time. The way Peter ends up accepting him as a surrogate father made for a far stronger ending than I had initially imagined it would. All in all, every point in the story fit in well and worked together. The story was funny, dramatic, and serious. It was great.
Much like the first one, the soundtrack for this movie doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. The clever use of these hit songs gave the adults a bit of nostalgia and gave the kids that classic Guardians feel that they loved in the first one. It added a lot to the movie, and made it feel just that much more happy-go-lucky.
The orchestral score was also impressive. It always properly set the mood, always sounded good backing whatever event was happening, and never felt off, and never sounded like it could use improvements. I would say that overall the soundtrack is as worthy of praise as the first movie.
Overall, the movie isn’t a must-see. It’s not something that’s going to forever change how movies are made. However, it’s definitely worth seeing, and I’d highly recommend it. The movie is a fun joyride, with laughs, mood shifts, and dopey humor that keeps you engaged. The actors do the characters justice once again, and all the new characters fit well.
I give Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 a solid 8/10. It’s not perfect, but it’s damn well close. Go out and see it if you have the chance.