IHGB Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Bradley Cooper
The Gist: The Guardians are back to save the galaxy. Again.
You can probably guess the first thing people ask when they hear I have seen Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2…
“Was it as good as the first one?”
I’ll gladly tackle that question, but you should know that I thought the first Guardians movie was phenomenal. Clearly, my bar for the next installment was pretty high. I went into the film assuming that it probably would not exceed all the expectations I had mentally piled up for it.
I wisely predicted that I would have fun and laugh, which I most definitely did. What I didn’t anticipate was a snarky superhero movie with so much heart.
Was it as good as the first one? Well, it was a slightly different take that the first one. If you’re looking at the original Guardians head on, Volume 2 is slightly skewed to the left, meaning, the audience experiences a different take on a story and characters we already know. There’s more emotion. Layers are peeled. Back stories are shoved into the limelight.
Is the sarcasm still there? Yes. Does the soundtrack move the story along? Absolutely. Is it possible for a tiny baby twig to wiggle its way into your heart? You betcha.
The question still remains: Was it good as the first one?
It’s the tiniest smidge below the first one. And that’s mainly because there’s a brief stint when our main characters are separated. Also, it’s about fifteen minutes too long.
With that said, I can tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Here’s why:
- Chris Pratt is still all sorts of charming, strong, and sarcastic. In Volume 2, the guardian adds a thick layer of sensitivity to that list of character traits. It definitely works for him.
- All of the funny lines were given to Dave Bautista who plays Drax. His inability to understand sarcasm and filtering makes him the comedic gem of the movie.
- Baby Groot steals the show on more than one ocassion. “I am Groot” has never sounded so adorable than when he’s figuring out how to not blow up his friends during a big battle. He also owns the opening credits with a dance scene. It was the perfect way to launch the sequel.
- Speaking of sequel, the movie felt like we were continuing along the journey we stared in 2014. All of the characters act and behave the same way, except they have a few more toys at their disposal.
- There’s a cameo that made me audibly say, “Huh…” in the darkened movie theater.
- I teared up three times. A single tear dropped once. See? EMOTIONAL.
- The soundtrack does compliment the script, but like the softened edges of the storyline, the music mirrors this theme by lending itself a little more to the smooth side of 70s rock.
- Rocket and Yondu make a good team.
- There’s a new character named Mantis who bugs (no pun intended) at the beginning, but she grows on you as the movie progresses.
- I laughed. A lot.
- I am Groot.
I think your senses would benefit from seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 on the big screen. Make sure to stay until the very end, because there is not one, not two, but five special scenes peppered throughout the closing credits.