Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

Although fun, it fails to live up as a sequel

By Hannah McKay Contributor

Many of us have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” in theatres. I’m not usually not into science fiction/fantasy movies but after seeing the first movie and falling in love with the characters, I felt like I needed to see the sequel.

The film centers around the team’s continuous adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s parentage. The Guardians and Quill are hired by a heavily built alien race called the Sovereign in order to protect the aliens’ batteries from invaders. The Guardians end up trying to escape from the Sovereign after Rocket steals some of the batteries for himself.

If you remember what you loved in the first film, you’ll find it again in the sequel. Marvel movies are unique in the sense that they bring casual dialogue together with action and emotion.

One of my favorite things about the new “Guardians” is the director’s (James Gunn) use of shimmery, bright color-tones. If you’ve seen any other Marvel films, you know that this is a huge contrast to the usual absence of color. Gunn’s obvious preference of light gives off a happy mood right from the start. Every scene is filled with neon color palettes and bursts of psychedelic light that add an upbeat quality to the whole movie.

The film’s characters are what really sucks you in. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) absolutely melts your heart with his charm and humor. Rocket (Bradley Cooper) is an impulsive, trash-talking raccoon who nurses an admirable soft side. Baby Groot is the character that will completely win over your heart. With giant, curious eyes and a playful personality, the twig is never afraid to show his feelings. Baby Groot is a crucial member of the Guardian team while providing the film with a cute factor that the first film didn’t have.

Although it has plenty of good qualities, the second “volume” doesn’t have the fresh and fun plot that the first one had. It’s a bit more complicated and strained, as sequels usually are. Even so, the ending of Vol. 2 leaves no discussion as to whether there will be a “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” which is set to release in 2020.

Overall, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” doesn’t disappoint and can be categorized as another win for Marvel.

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