The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
Yaaaaaasssss, I finally got my hands on the blu-ray. I loved the first movie (review) and was avoiding all mention of reviews and whatnot about this movie when it came out (except the soundtrack, because the soundtrack is great).
To date I’ve been fairly pleased with all of the sequels that have come out in the MCU movies, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is no different. Yeah, sure, the scope is just as crazy and we’re continuing along in following characters we’ve known and loved from the first movie, but I love how this movie delves deeper into these characters into varying degrees. Picking up from the last movie, it explores the fragile bonds of this group, of how their flaws manifest themselves, how they came to be who they are, what defines them and what they search for. Yes, for a time these characters find themselves separated in what seems to be their own storylines but then they come back together, you see what makes the group work, and why and how they care for each other despite of their flaws and arguments and unspoken things. I love how they operate as a family unit in a way, as can be seen in the way they take care of Baby Groot (sooooooooooooo cute, by the way! I love how they protect him and look out for him and have a soft spot for him. I forgot how he was the muscle character in the first movie so it’s interesting to see the role reversal here).
I suppose it’s easy to forget that all of the characters were explored furthermore as one of the main storylines–or rather the overarching story–was about Peter Quill finding out who his father is. It’s a departure from who his father is in the comics (well, not completely, certain elements remained, but it’s enough to be a departure) but it’s nonetheless interesting, especially as his tenuous relationship with Yondu was explored further.
But I enjoyed the other character moments as well, from Gamora and Nebula’s relationship to Nebula’s reveal about what Thanos did to her (firstly, we knew Thanos was messed up but THAT was messed up, and secondly it gives Nebula a bit more depth in revealing why she is the way she is, why she’s so angry and dark and twisted). Rocket also has a bit of character reveal with why he was acting extra…much…throughout most of the movie. Drax I felt didn’t get as much attention with characterisation beyond the one scene with Mantis facing the fountain, which was a bit of a bummer, but nonetheless he cared about the others in the group and about Mantis. And of course Yondu was a big surprise here in terms of characterisation and depth…Not to mention he had one of my favourite lines in the movie (“I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!” LMAO, I’m laughing here just remembering that line).
I enjoyed the story despite the fact that the team diverged for a good part of the movie. Yeah, the gag/jail break on Yondu’s ship took perhaps a tad bit too long, but it was nonetheless satisfying to watch when Yondu and co. exact their just desserts. Am I the only person who didn’t mind the Sovereign? Yeah, massive pains in the butt, popping up when the Guardians are already faced with a planet-sized problem, but I thought they served as a good reminder too throughout as to why the fractures formed in the team early on in the movie. And I reckon they will continue playing a headache-kind-of-role in the next Guardians movie…
Once again the soundtrack is absolutely genius in how it weaves through the narrative and reflects the story. Obviously I was in love with Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” and ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky” (OMG that they played the entire song in the opening sequence, which was a pretty cool scene, by the way) but there were other favourites like Silver’s “Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang” and George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” and Cat Stevens’ “Father and Son.” And of course, lmao that they included an original song here, “Guardians Inferno.” Watch the music video if you have a chance, it’s hilarious. The score was also great, and for the first time I noticed that the Guardians’ theme song is like a variation of the Avengers theme song; took me a while to place it because it sounded so familiar and I didn’t quite recognise their own theme song at first but yeah, I thought that was cool.
Overall I really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I enjoyed reconnecting with these characters and delving further into their stories and connections, and the cameos/guest appearances from certain actors were an added plus. I can’t wait to see the Guardians show up in future installments in the MCU and where their story goes. In the meantime, I think a rewatch of the first movie is in order.