Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Sequels are always hit or miss. However, I have found with the Marvel Cinematic Universe that most sequels are at least as good at the first film. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is one that is at least as good as the first Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m still on the fence as to whether is it better than it’s predecessor, but it’s definitely as good as.

Some time has passed with Vol. 2 begins. Baby Groot is out of his pot and the team seems to have fully established themselves as guardians that pick up jobs around the galaxy. In fact, when the movie opens we catch a glimpse of their ‘for hire’ services as they fight a monster at the bequest of the Sovereign, a golden people that are surely to show up in Lady Gaga’s next music video. As you can probably imagine this job doesn’t go according to plan and the guardians soon find themselves fleeing the Sovereign. A chance encounter post their battle with the Sovereign kicks off the real meat of the film that involves old foes, old friends, new faces and lots of action.

Is that vague enough? I don’t really want to give too much of the movie away because I’m not a monster. What I don’t mind giving away are my opinions and my opinions about Vol. 2 pretty much all lead to the same point: It’s a really really good film. With a stand-out predecessor like Guardians of the Galaxy, it could be hard for a sequel to find footing that feels familiar but also unique. I feel that Vol. 2 did a great job at standing on it’s own two feet while still feeling connected to Vol. 1.

Elements such as the eclectic soundtrack (the previously discovered Awesome Mix Vol. 2), quirky and oftentimes slightly off-color humor and the ever growing feeling of family among the guardians tether the film to the original. Differences appear in the plot and the formation of new, unexpected allies. We have a new villain in this film and this villains nature and presence really give the film a bit of a different mood and tone. Overall, though, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is exactly what I want in a sequel. I wasn’t too surprised by anything and I wasn’t underwhelmed. I guess one could say my reaction to Vol. 2 was a Goldilocks reaction: it was just right.

*Quick Sidenote: It took every ounce of my willpower not to flood this review with pictures of Baby Groot.

Reason to See:

Great effects. Great cast. Baby Groot. The Soundtrack. Basically, all of the reasons.

Reason to Skip:



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