**No spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2**
A few years ago, Marvel showed us that they can make a successful movie based off of one of the most obscure comic book franchises ever. The crazy thing is, that unknown franchise is now one of the most popular comic book licenses ever. So now we have the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, and I’m pleased to say the film was very entertaining!
The movie is full of laughs, as well as a surprising amount of character development. There are plenty of scenes that focus on the back stories of these characters. Several sequences also focus on the interactions between characters, with some being more interesting to watch than others. The conversations between Nebula and Gamora got really repetitive and boring, however the odd pairing of Mantis and Drax was absolutely hilarious! Even though he has no story arc in this film, Drax does get all of the best lines! He was easily the most quotable character in the movie, which is really saying something since I am a HUGE Chris Pratt fan.
Speaking of Chris Pratt, the main focus of the story revolves around Star Lord’s relationship with his newly-found father, Ego, played excellently by Kurt Russel. The story between these two was fun to watch unfold. Ego is such an interesting character and a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Because the story is all about the dynamics between Star Lord and Ego, all the other characters don’t really have a lot to do. Sure, each character has their moments, and it entertaining to watch, but their “arcs” don’t really build into the story of Star Lord and his daddy-issues. The first movie was about a group of idiots coming together to do some good, and in this film it’s mostly just about one member of the team dealing with some personal issues while the others do some stuff.
The biggest fault for me was the repetitive structure of the film and its shifts in tone. I didn’t feel like the movie handled the emotional moments effectively at all. Each scene was either a funny scene or an “emotional” scene full of cliché background music. To me, the “heartbreaking” moments never quite landed. The film felt like it was going through a checklist of each character’s backstory. Apart from Drax, every single character had their own monologue about their past. Every time a character started to speak about their tragic lives, the pacing of the film slowed down drastically for me. It became way too predictable.
There’s a group of golden people in the movie that serve as a side-villain that shows up several times throughout the movie. Apparently a lot of people thought that they were very annoying, but I actually liked them. It was cool to see some new, quirky characters, and I enjoyed their comedic moments.
The action sequences in this film won’t blow you away, but thankfully it’s not about the action. It’s about the interactions between this unique cast of characters and how they overcome the challenges ahead of them. Even if the emotional moments were underwhelming, there are plenty of hysterical moments spread throughout the entire film. The delivery of each backstory was flat, but the actual backstories are interesting and do add more complexity to these loveable characters. I had fun with these goofballs, and I’m already looking forward to their next adventures! I’m going to give Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 a GOOD out of 10.
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**My next review will be on Alien: Covenant**