Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2: Kicking It With Old Friends
Anyone can save the galaxy once.
You only get one chance to save the galaxy twice.
A team of galactic rogues must save the galaxy once again as the mystery of their leader’s heritage unravels around them.
If you are a fan of the original Guardians of The Galaxy, odds are you will enjoy the latest entry in the franchise. While most sequels choose to dial up the ante on the action and spectacle, GOTG Vol 2 chooses to focus on its characters and punches up the comedy. While this sounds like a good thing, the result is an uneven film, especially when it comes to the actual plot of the movie.
We find our heroes doing a bit of mercenary work at the beginning of the film and, of course, they screw the job up in a way only The Guardians of The Galaxy can. I thought this inciting incident was going to be the backbone of the movie, but it was used more as a device to drive the plot forward through the story’s lulls. From that initial incident, the Guardians split off into their own subgroups and the movie itself splinters into a series of character subplots. While this is fantastic for character development, it comes at the cost of plot development. Its a problem when your audience can’t accurately pin down the plot of your story until the movie is half way finished.
That being said, director James Gunn’s fondness for these characters is quite apparent. While most sequels just want to up the scale of the film, Guardians 2 expands on its characters and what makes each of them tick. We also get some new Guardians in the sequel, Yondu, Nebula(both were in the first movie), and Mantis. Each makes a great addition to the Guardians’ line up, Mantis being my personal favorite although Yondu’s story line is the most fulfilling and emotionally resonant.
The first movie was acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for its near-perfect blend of comedy and action. Guardians Vol 2 seeks to deliver more yucks as there is a joke every few minutes. While a majority of the jokes land, I personally feel the saturation of comedy does this movie a disservice, especially when it comes to the dramatic stakes and action. It’s hard to feel like your heroes are in any real danger when they are busy cracking jokes every few minutes. It’s hard to take a threat seriously when it’s clear an antagonist is a bumbling moron from his name alone. The comedy in this movie comes in fast and hard at a near continuous pace sometimes at the expense of the other elements a good story needs.
If you are a fan of the first Guardians, this is a must see film in the theater. If not, maybe this one can wait to be rented from the comfort of your own home.
Have any of you seen Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2? What did you think? If you aren’t a fan of the series, how come? Let me know in the comments below and please keep them spoiler free if you’ve seen the movie already.
P.S. If you are immune to the charms of Baby Groot, you are dead inside. That is all.