May 6, 2017
Sometimes, the thing you’ve been looking for your whole life is right there beside you all along.
The first installment of the franchise turned out to be a real breakout hit that introduced a bunch of characters that general audiences weren’t too familiar with and destroyed the box-office. Everyone was shocked at how good and successful the flick was. And now it is time for a sequel! So, is it any good? Is the the best one yet in MCU? Quite possibly.
I think that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 works better than the first Guardians because it maintains its focus on guardians’ feelings and emotions, rather than simply doing more action-y stuff. Sure, you’ve got plenty of those as well: from a visual standpoint, this movie is a real masterpiece, it’s a brilliant and vivid acid trip that will have you awestruck with a burst of colours! Also, Awesome Mix Vol.2 is just as great as the soundtrack for the first movie, Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain is a song that will stuck in your head for weeks. By the way, here’s the full soundtrack:
While the first movie was a story about a ragtag team of misfits finding each other and becoming friends, Vol.2 is indeed a movie about them becoming a family, It’s also about forgiveness, being honest with people you care about most and not stealing stuff from gold people.
Every piece of this movie works like a finely tuned machine, the relationships between the main heroes evoke compassion and the characters themselves are somehow incredibly relatable despite the wacky space adventures. And Yondu! What a revalation that Mary Poppins was! If you haven’t gotten all teary-eyed by the end of the movie, it is actually a good thing – you will never have a heart attack (because you don’t have a heart).
But (Butt!), this movie is not without flaws. Vol. 2 seems to be the closest thing to a comedy in MCU, so it’s got tons of jokes, though, not all of them land. The villain is predictably weak: it’s Peter’s dad, Ego the Living Planet (who’s also a Celestial for some reason). The guy impregnated half of the galaxy and gave Quill’s mom cancer (just because). So, by the end of the third act they had a punch out. Peter Quill had hands made of stone (just like the Thing) and it was all wierd, it sort of reminded me the ending of Fantastic Four 2. The Pac-Man bit was funny, though.
At the end of the day, it’s a fantastic movie, a solid I-am-Groot out of 10 and you should definitely check it out. Oh, there are not one, not two, but five post credits scenes, which is unheard of! My personal favorite was the one with Sylvester Stallone, I’m just saying: