I really need to get these reviews out a bit faster because I’ve got a couple that have been in limbo for a while. This time I’m taking a look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and I haven’t reviewed it because I didn’t like it, I really did, but because I have so much piled up that I have to get to.
I really loved the first movie and looked forward to this one, but now that it’s out on Bluray, now that I’ve finally sat down to see it, I guess it’s time to get my opinions out there into the ether. So away we go!
When the Guardians are hired to protect the precious batteries of the Sovereign, things go wrong when Rocket lifts one of their gems and sets everyone chasing them. But Peter Quill runs into his long-lost father, who turns out to be a Celestial, and they wind up fighting a war for survival on two fronts.
Let’s be honest, Vol. 2 isn’t as good as Vol. 1. It just isn’t, mostly because it covers a lot of the same ground, just not as well. We spent a lot of time in the first movie bringing the team together, making them friends, etc. And what did they do in the second? The same thing. Granted, the main theme of the second movie is family, so they had to make the Guardians a big family and they had to introduce a lot of conflict to get to that end. The problem I had was they made the characters act in ways that really didn’t make sense. Rocket steals a gem for no reason other than he could, which gets everyone chasing them. Nobody is particularly upset at Rocket over the long run though, which makes no sense.
The other problem I had, and this is foundational from the comics, is that I really hate that the good guys have to be “special”. You can never have just regular guys rising to greatness, you have to have something inherently special about you and having Peter Quill’s father be effectively a god… yeah… pass. I’d much rather have him be a regular person without special powers or any of that. I want his character to matter, not his genetics. But that’s hard for creators to do so they rely on “this character is just magical!”
All of that said though, it still had the same feel as the first, it had a different soundtrack than the first, but it was every bit as amazing. The effects were excellent, most of the acting was fantastic, although I will say that there are just too many characters now and some of them are falling into the background.
If you liked the first one, you can’t go wrong here, but don’t expect to be amazed by what you see. It is, unfortunately, more of the same. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but I had hoped that James Gunn would blaze some new trails here and really, he didn’t. He gave us what he knew we wanted from the first and didn’t stray too far outside of that. Hopefully, with Vol. 3, he’ll try something new and groundbreaking, while keeping the GOTG charm that we all want.