√ Another fantastic soundtrack full of old classics
√ Hilarious, especially baby-Groot and Drax
√ Characters get better focus on their personalities and backgrounds
√ Great cameo’s with Sylvester Stallone, Ving Rhames and more…
⊗ Lacks an undefined villain for 90% of the movie
⊗ Action is pretty stale except for beginning and end of the movie
Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and his gang of galaxy misfits are back! Together with Drax (Dave Bautista), baby-Groot (Vin Diesel), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) they manage to pull off another blockbuster experience. But can we say that Vol.2 is better than Vol.1? I went to see GotG Vol.2 and will now tell you how I came out of this space odyssey.
Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol.1) was fantastic, hilarious, action-packed, has an awesome soundtrack and was definitely one of the best movies I had seen in years. No small task to beat or at least equal that performance with its second installment Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. So did director James Gunn manage to surpass Volume 1? Yes and no, although predominantly no. Let me explain.
GotG Vol.1 did a great job at introducing us to a bunch of individuals which through death defying experiences were molded into a little team or even so called ‘family’. What Vol.2 does even better though is really focus on those individual characters and give the audience a peek into their history, background, personal lives, motivation, insecurities and fears. Thus leading to an even stronger bond between viewer and movie character. Whether it is the somewhat odd sisterly bond between Nebula and Gamora or the soft heart inside toughnut Drax, or Peter and his quest to find out who his father is. All of the above will be answered in the film and I shall not spoil that for you. James Gunn takes his time in hashing out the details of these intricate characters and that adds a certain maturity to the movie which Vol. 1 lacks.
Where is the villain?
In Vol.1 the villain was very evident and well portrayed by Ronan. This cannot be said in Vol.2 and that is a big disappointment in my eyes. I am not going to spoil who the villain is or anything but have to express that it takes too long for the villainy to take effect. I love myself a good strong villain like Bane or Joker in the Batman movies. One that gives the movie character from start to finish. Whereas in GotG Vol.2 one always has the feeling that they Guardians will win anyway. That is also something that Vol. 1 did a lot better. Don’t let this dampen your mood or motivation to watch this movie, as the ending could not get any more explosive in many ways.
What would the Guardians movies be without humor? Well they would not be the same, that is for certain. GotG Vol.2 is again full with wit, sarcasm and hilarious dialogues between the cast. Especially Drax I found particularly funny with his continuous late puns, ice-cold remarks which the character Mantis predominantly falls victim to during this installment. It does not happen very often that I see my girlfriend piss her pants laughing in a cinema, but GotG Vol.2 definitely trained her laughing senses. And then there is baby-Groot. The ever so popular walking tree who has a vocabulary that is limited at saying: I am Groot!
Baby-Groot is a very likeable character and fulfills a nice role in GotG Vol. 2 especially in the opening scene.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a great sequel to Vol. 1 with even better character development and focus on the personalities and their backgrounds. This leads to a much more emotional bond between the viewer and the Guardians. The soundtrack is once again a classical masterpiece with golden oldies like Sam Cooke’s ‘Bring it on home to me’ and Cat Stevens’ ‘Father and son’, which really adds to the cinematic experience. I do not know any movies where the soundtrack is this deeply integrated into the actual behaviour of the characters on screen. Very refreshing and fun.
James Gunn has managed to deliver another explosive blockbuster that is a worthy successor to GotG Vol.1 from 2014. If you loved Volume 1, then I suggest you immerse yourself into Volume 2, there will plenty to laugh and cry about. GotG Vol.2 might not beat Vol. 1 but is a worthy watch and follow up. Enjoy! I AM GROOT!