By: James Graves
Marvel has done it again. By again, I mean make a superhero blockbuster that is entertaining to the masses. It doesn’t matter if you’re a comic book fan or an average Joe looking for something to watch for the weekend Guardians Vol.2 is a fun and entertaining film. Guardians Vol. 2 starts almost where the first film ends. You can tell sometime has passed between the films because of the closeness of the Team, and the fact that they are very much in demand after saving the galaxy in the first film.
The Guardians are still mercenaries at the end of the day and they’re asking price has risen significantly to say the least. The film opens up with a montage of baby Groot performing some epic dance moves while the rest of the team do battle with a giant alien octopus for their client. The film picks up very quickly from there as the reward for the job is Nebula, Gamora’s sister who has a hefty bounty on her head which the Guardians are interested in Obtaining. Director James Gunn does a fantastic Job with giving each character their own character arcs. This does a great job with separating this entry from the first. This is a sequel in every sense of the word as every character by the end of the film is much different than they were in the original Guardians or even the beginning of Vol. 2.
It is also nice to see this because very early on in the film the team gets divided due to certain plot elements which I don’t want to spoil. All the character arcs work well due to the excellent world building that was setup in the original Guardians of the Galaxy. It was nice to see the relationship between Gamora and Nebula actually fleshed out and developed more. It was great to see Star-Lord’s Family issues addressed and we actually get to meet his dad in this movie who is a central character in this movie and their interaction is fantastic. While most of the guardians have plenty of character development, the character who benefits the most from this film is Yondu. Yondu if you don’t remember is the Blue Alien who picks up young peter after his birth mother passes away. Yondu does this at the request of Star-Lord’s father.
The film does a great job with answering all the questions that the audience was left with after we got that dump of information from the first film. It also does a fantastic job giving us more insight into the Ravagers the organization that Yondu represents. In fact outside of the visually gorgeous film that is the best thing that Guardians Vol.2 does. One thing I can say though is that the plot is not very strong, and anyone who has seen enough movies can clearly see where the movie is headed fairly early on. Despite that James Gunn was able to craft a very entertaining movie that address plot points that weren’t fully developed from the first film, and gives us enough Character development to make this movie a success. Guardians still remains to be one of the most entertaining movies that Marvel makes and it doesn’t have to rely on big action sequences to keep the audience engaged.
I highly recommend seeing this movie in theaters and if you can afford it the IMAX 3D version is the best way to view the film. Also before I wrap up I have to give props to the soundtrack as it is one of the hallmarks of the first film and is just as notable in the follow-up. I for one cannot wait to see this group on screen with the Avengers as they battle Thanos in the very near future.
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