Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is the sequel to the first Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Directed by James Gunn, this film includes stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Basically, a bunch of really good actors (some old, some new).
The plot of this sequel revolves around understanding Peter Quills parentage but dives into action-packed adventure, hidden secrets, good comedy and an informal process of family therapy.
Packed adventure? It’s an action film, what did you expect! The storylines behind the action are well-done in a sense that past history events seep into impact future ones and within one whole adventure there are lots of mini ones. Basically, you won’t get bored. They clearly spent a lot on the graphics of this film, in some sense, it almost became too much in comparison to the first one. It seemed to override the dialogue and conversation between characters.
Hidden secrets? To avoid spoilers, I’m not telling. But if the plot is centred around Quill’s family tree….there will be the unravelling of secrets…duh. They also dive further into the psyche and history of each character, illustrating that they aren’t just guardians of the galaxy and are more humanistic than alien.
Good comedy? In keeping with the first one, this tale embodies plenty of comical jokes. I did have my ‘laugh out loud’ moments. Though sometimes the jokes were pushed too hard for too long and sometimes were repetitive. It almost tried to drain the audience too soon, too quickly. Additionally, there were some scenes that were incredibly cheesy. This confused me if it was meant to be comical in the sense that the directors and writers wanted to emphasise how cringeworthy something was or was it just a ‘not as good’ moment in the film. (Refer to the scene where Quill is playing catch with a certain someone else). I reacted with a deep undertone of awkward laughter while sinking into my chair (sorry).
Family therapy? Remember in the first one they all accepted each other’s diverse characteristics (to some extent strange characteristics) and proclaimed they would stick together and become the guardians of the galaxy? Well like most sequels, something happens which hinders this structure and eventually, they need to re-find themselves and each other and then they live happily ever after (for now, there’s a third one coming out so who knows how long this will last). To me, that wasn’t much of a shock, this tends to happen in sequels e.g. the avengers and x-men. If you consider this a spoiler, shame on you.
Despite some of my criticism, I recommend you watch the film. My friend watched it without seeing the first one and enjoyed it. I guess that says something? Though, like a lot of sequels, it wasn’t as good as the first. Some things were overdone and shoved down the audience’s throat and they seemed to lose their way with the wit and comedy of the first one. Nonetheless, I still loved the characters and the storyline(s), go and see it! Especially if you loved Groot!!