It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed here but after a short break I’m happy to get back to reviewing and I’ve got a good few things to talk about, starting with this latest release from the acclaimed Marvel Studios. I’ve had a chance to see this twice now to really flesh out my thoughts, once in IMAX and the other in a standard screening. I’m a huge fan of the first movie and it’s easily one of the best of the MCU. So does this highly anticipated sequel live up to the hype? Let’s find out.
This might be quite short as I want to avoid spoilers and there’s a ton of stuff in this movie that can be considered a spoiler.
Unfortunately that means I can’t go over too much of the story without ruining a few things so I’ll keep it brief. In the trailer we do see Kurt Russell as Ego telling Peter Quill that he is his long lost father which is basically the main plot thread the movie covers as a whole. Without spoiling anything we don’t really have a villain to focus on for the majority of the film which does leave the first half of the movie feeling slightly aimless for any characters not named Star Lord.
We do have the Sovereign, the gold people from the trailer, but they are pretty damn boring as I didn’t feel they were threatening at all. They made Stormtroopers seem like competent soldiers as they have what seems like hundreds of battle ships chasing the Guardians in a single ship, and for some reason they have so much trouble in getting a single hit in. They do appear later on as well and are just as useless the second time round.
We also have the return of Yondu and his team of Ravagers, but they’re not really featured that much and barely reach the classification of secondary villain. Again I can’t really talk about the main villain but it is at least better than the others we have here and finally give the film a sense of purpose and direction.
It may sound like I’m down on this movie but those are my only real issues (aside from the endless exposition scenes but I won’t go into that) as this was a pretty damn fun movie overall.
All of the Guardians from last time are back and as good as they were before. Rocket is a bit more of an asshole than he was last time to the point where he can come across as unlikable. Drax is similar as he’s given way more comedic scenes that sometimes work and sometimes don’t. Gamora’s given more to do and her interactions with her estranged sister Nebula are some of the best in the movie. We have the introduction of the adorable Baby Groot who isn’t given too much to do but does have some of the funnier moments in the film.
My favourite new character has to be Mantis who has the power to feel and change people’s emotions. There is one scene where she puts her hand on Drax to see how he’s feeling when talking about his dead daughter and I have to admit it was quite heartbreaking for such a short moment.
They are really trying a lot harder with the comedy this time around which can be hit and miss at times with some scenes going on a bit too long. I know a lot of people loved the Groot intro but I just thought it went on way too long and just started boring me. This is happens later on with a scene involving Rocket making fun of a Ravager known as Taserface which is funny at first but just kills the joke dead with how long it goes on for.
We’ve also got the introduction of Awesome Mix Vol.2 for the soundtrack and once again director James Gunn made a ton of great choices with a bunch of songs I’d never listened to before that now sit happily on my Spotify playlist. ‘Mr Blue Sky’ definitely fits perfectly for the tone on the movie and Silver’s ‘Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang’ is my favourite one to listen to at the moment.
The last half hour of the movie I thought was fantastic and really made the whole experience for me. It reminded me a lot of the finale to the first Avengers movie with non-stop action and quips galore. It was also surprisingly emotional and I’ll admit that I did have a tear in my eye at one point.
Overall I did have fun with this but it can’t help but feel like a disappoint after the great heights that the original reached three years ago and even feels like it belongs with the lower tiered entries in the MCU. If you go to see it you most likely will have a fun time so for that I would recommend it as your experience may vary from mine.