As a precurser to this review, I didn’t see the entire movie since I left sick. I saw 99% of it, only missing the last 10 minutes and the after credit scenes. I will be going back and rewatching it soon, so I can have a more complete review then. I have a ranking of the Marvel Universe movies up to this point in place of my recommendations.
From what I did see, it took everything up a level but didn’t necessarily improve on the original. There was a lot more action and a lot more laughs … just seemed to be missing something. So since I will be reviewing this movie again shortly, let’s jump into a shortened review!
I would give it 6 “raccoon jokes” out of 10.
FOR THE UNITIATED
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 picks up after the first (obviously), where the team now works as mercenaries. They are hired by a race of advanced beings called the Superiors to protect some batteries from an interdimensional space monster. After some hijynx ensue, the Superiors chase down the Guardians … who are also being chased down by the Ravagers. During the pursuit, the Guardians are saved by Ego who reveals that he is Peter Quill’s dad.
This is where the synopsis will end, since anything else could lead to spoilers. Star Lord / Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Drax (Dave Bautista), and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) make up the core team. Joined by Ego (Kurt Russell), Yondu (Michael Rooker), and Nebula (Karen Gillan) to help round out the cast.
The comedy was definitely kicked up a few notches from the original and will be the more memorable portions. Baby Groot gets a few laughs (some that you see in trailers) but the big standout is Drax. His comedic timing, occasional deadpan delivery, and infectious laugh should make you want to go back for more. Only a few of his bits are ruined in the trailers, which is getting rarer for big blockbusters.
The pacing might have been my biggest issue with the movie. I mentioned the laughs and action are bigger than before, but the story wasn’t as tight. Since there was not a clear cut antagonist, the movie had to go in a roundabout way to get there it drags at points. Which is sad, especially since the ending seems to be telegraphed once the plot turns. The story might have been the bigger issue, but they did their best to hide it with pizzazz.
So, after a split review of sorts … should you watch it? Yes! This movie won’t win any major acting rewards. Maybe some technical ones, because it is a spectacle of a movie. See it on the big screen and grab a big tub of popcorn while you do it!
RANKINGS SO FAR
My opinions might change the more I think about it. I ranked them based on tighter stories and better choreography with some emphasis on being memorable.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Captain America: Civil War
- Marvel’s The Avengers
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Iron Man
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Doctor Strange
- The Incredible Hulk
- Iron Man 2
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Thor: The Dark World
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Iron Man 3