In 2014, Marvel released a film about a rag tag group of misfits going on a quest to save the galaxy from a power hungry tyrant. The Guardians learn to respect and get along with one another as a family. The first installment became a critical and commercial success at the box office and praised by the audience, Marvel fans, and critics alike.
Three years later, the sequel came out on May. This time the plot focuses on Star-Lord searching for his biological father and meeting him for the first time while his teammates also have their respective character arcs.
Like the first film, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 earned positive reviews from critics and movie goers alike.
The following review doesn’t contain any SPOILERS. Feel free to read this article if you want a chance to see the movie without giving anything away. In case you don’t remember what happened after the first movie, I recommend watching it again just in case you want to refresh your memory.
Positive & Negative Elements
Positive: Returning cast members from the first film once again did an excellent job for their performances as well as newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe such as Kurt Russell as Star-Lord’s dad.
The sequel is much more personal than the first film. The main storyline focuses more on Star-Lord’s back story while his allies also get their own plot lines. Each of their character arc’s were very interesting.
Unlike the first film, no Infinity Stone is plays a key role. I think it’s best not to repeat the same movie again.
James Gunn did an awesome job writing & directing.
The action sequences are spectacular containing space battles, gunplay, stunts etc.
Cinematography didn’t suffer from any technical flaws.
Visual Effects didn’t look fake at all. The effects team also made Kurt Russell younger in a flashback scene.
Selected songs from Star-Lord’s Awesome Mixtape, are very catchy. If you’re interested in the soundtrack, go ahead and buy it.
The team’s personalities are completely different due to character development from its predecessor.
The comedy containing witty dialogue, and pop culture references felt suitable, but not like something off of George Clooney’s interpretation of Batman. You know the bat-nipples, Mr. Freeze’s terrible ice puns & of course, the infamous Bat Credit Card which ticked off Doug Walker/Nostalgia Critic.
The sequel continues the theme of being a family. Adding another layer to the team’s chemistry.
The main antagonist of the sequel is kept under wraps in the marketing campaign. I won’t tell you who it is. I have to give Marvel a truckload of points for keeping plot details under wraps.
The David vs. Goliath scenario is bigger than the first film. Again won’t tell you who the main baddie is and what he/she wants with team.
There are five scenes during the end credits. Don’t get off of your seat, the credits features a lot of creativity like the layouts. I promise you it won’t take you hostage, think of it like an extra treat worth your hard earned cash.
My favorite line was delivered by Yondu. If you’ve seen this film, you probably know what I mean. I have no choice but to give Yondu’s “quote” Bonus Points for making me laugh my butt off!
Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance again. Besides Stan, a familiar face also makes a cameo as well.
A shocking moment happened it made me gasp. I can’t tell you why, you’re gonna have to see for yourself.
Negative: I don’t recall anything involving graphic stupidity. Guardians once again never had any flaws. Bonus points for being a flawless space adventure.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
Once again, Marvel successfully made a home run! All the positive things I’ve listed, indicates Marvel isn’t running outta gas! What are you waiting for, get off your Gluteus Maximus and support Guardians 2! I can’t wait to see what Marvel has got for us comic book fans. I wonder if Spider-Man: Homcoming & Thor: Ragnorak are gonna top this and Logan. Who knows, will have to see if they manage to surpass them.