So, when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 came out I was at work; and being that I work in a comic book store, I was constantly hearing about how amazing it was. And don’t get me wrong, it was an amazing film, but I feel like it tried to emphasise on the emotions of the characters but also not emphasise on them at all.
It just didn’t feel like they nailed the emotions right. The actors certainly got it all spot on, that’s for certain, but the musical cues and overall timing of each scene kind of ruined each moment. Either that or I was just too excited to see the character development, that could also be it.
Anyway, onto the plot…
The film seems to take place not that long after it’s predecessor, a few months after, by some accounts. And we meet Peter’s father, Ego; fans of the comics will know him as Ego the Living Planet. Obviously, changes were made to the original story, the biggest being that in the comics Ego has no relation to Peter whatsoever.
I’d love to give more about the plot but any more and I’d be giving away more than the trailers… I know it’s been a while since it came out but not everyone has the time to watch a movie as it comes out, so I prefer to keep my reviews as spoiler-free as possible.
Moving on; we got to see a lovely bonding moment between Yondu and Rocket. And Groot being a baby put tons of emphasis on the fact that the Guardians are more of a family than anything, with Groot quite literally filling the role of the baby and just about everyone having a chance to mother (or father) him throughout the film. Gamora and Peter have clearly grown closer since the first instalment in the franchise, she is much more willing to dance than previously, but she continues to deny the possibility of a relationship with Quill. Drax reminisces on his past, and Mantis gets a feel for it too, bursting into tears. Then there is the relationship between Gamora and Nebula – sisters who will always struggle to be sisters. It may be that I’m reading too much into it or simply that the film is trying to push everyone’s emotions to the forefront and just isn’t getting it right – because the timing feels really weird.
The action was amazing; although it did seem a little thrown about, as if someone just came up with a cool idea and threw it in there, not really thinking of the pace of the film. The action amps up in odd places, only to die out a few seconds later.
And, of course, the all-important final boss beatdown. I would love to talk about this in more detail but that would require spoilers. Let’s just say that Groot has a couple of problems understanding the how buttons work, Drax seems to have a thing for Mantis, Peter doesn’t have any tape, Rocket needs tape, Yondu reckons he’s Mary Poppins and Gamora should really use her sword a little more often.
Oh, and if you haven’t seen the movie yet, just make sure to stick around for all five after-credit scenes; yup, you heard right, there are five of them.