Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 review
Our favorite group of space misfits embark on another adventure.
I wasn’t excited for this movie. I like the first Guardians of the Galaxy fine, but this trailer didn’t intrigue very much. After seeing Doctor Strange (which I found to be a snore inducing bore) I lost all my excitement for Marvel’s future. When I said that I wasn’t excited for this movie, people were so upset with me! It was insane! It was almost like I owed Marvel my money simply because they are Marvel. What changed my mind? I re watched the first again, and decided that I wanted to spend more time with these characters. So is this film as bad as Doctor Strange? No. Is this a great film? No.
There’s plenty to love in this film, don’t get me wrong. I liked this film! I loved the action sequences in this film. I feel like director James Gunn is becoming a better director with each film. We’ll get into his writing later, but I think that this is a well directed film. Once again Rocket Raccoon was a really fun character, and he had some really great emotional moments. The biggest surprise was Michael Rooker as Yondu. This is possibly the first character in a Marvel movie to receive a real character arc. He was without competition my favorite thing in this movie. Chris Pratt was fine in this movie, I just wish that he was funnier. I think that Pratt can be hilarious, but in this film his jokes didn’t really land for me.
Now, I did think that Pratt showed of his dramatic chops with Kurt Russell very well. I really enjoyed Kurt Russell in this film. He didn’t need to give 100% and he doesn’t, but he gives about 85% and it’s very fun.
How’s the soundtrack in this movie? It’s a little much, to be honest. I felt like the first film used it’s soundtrack very sparingly, but in this film there was an 80’s song every second. I wasn’t excited when I heard a classic song because I had just heard one three seconds ago. There wasn’t a good enough rest period.
Now, for the things I really did not like. Drax. Drax was the most obnoxious character in this film. Every line of dialogue was groan worthy and his antics became instantly tiresome for me. Karen Gillan as Nebula gives a very poor over the top performance. She seems to mistake yelling with acting and I didn’t buy her character.
Look, I liked this movie. I didn’t love it, and I probably won’t buy it on blu ray. When this film is good, it’s almost great. There are some powerful emotional beats and some great action sequences. Still there were moments when I remembered that this is the writer who wrote the live action Scooby Doo movies. If you love this film, that’s great. For me, this film wasn’t a home run, but it stole a few bases.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 B-