Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2
Updated: May 28, 2019
I have been waiting for this film the moment the first volume concluded in the theatre. Mainly because GOTG was new and fresh to me. It is very rare for me to go into these type of films cold, but I was willing to take the risk. Plus the MountainMan giving the original film a high rating (because he is a stickler for films), means it clearly blew his mind. So the team returns but with even more Star Power. But was it too much?
“Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter's parentage is revealed.”
As usual, Peter Quill(Chris Pratt) with the help of his Team, Gamora(Zoe Saldana), Baby Groot(Vin Diesel), Drax(Dave Bautista), and of course Rocket Raccoon(Bradley Cooper) are still fighting the good fight. For money of course! However, after completing a mission for the Sovereign, Rocket kind of lifts some very expensive batteries from them which causes the GOTG to flee under lots scrutiny and of course weapon fire. During escape, they are saved by an unknown ship prior to crash landing on a nearby planet from the damage they sustained from the fire they just took.
After landing is where Peter meets his father for the first time. And that’s where I will leave the spoilers for the most part. I will answer the very obvious question. Is this a Starlord origins story? Absolutely. Like the first film, I know nothing of Starlord origins story so I was crossing my fingers that it was not a rip off of the infamous, Batman, Superman or even the extremely overtold story of Spiderman. I was surprised. I enjoyed the angle with Ego (Kurt Russell) and the whole reason of Starlord being.
The GOTG crew had some returning fan Favorites such as Yondu (Michael Rooker), Kraglin (Sean Gunn), and Nebula (Karen Gillan). But this time around they added a lot of main stream actors such as Kurt Russell (Ego), Nathan Fillion (Simon Williams) and SOA Favorite, Tommy Flanagan (Tullk). But the really shocking superstar addition was Sylvester Stallone. He played Starhawk who ranked over Yondu. Is this now the new thing? Feels like all the huge Actors all want a piece of the comic book world. Before you say it, yes Arnie was Mr. Freeze. But that was clearly a cash grab from the toy companies and that film is nowhere near the bar these current comic book films rank at.
The only noticeable difference about this film is how serious it was. There was lots of humor for sure, but compared to the first film, this was pretty serious. Understanding that it is a origins story is with the character who typically is the comedic relief, but I really enjoyed the silliness aspect from the previous film. Also in comparison, the soundtrack from the first film was better and well more recognizable. I felt like they got away from that this time around.
Film ranks high on the list for me, but it is not better than the first one.